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Rosa Klöser and Lachlan Morton victorious at 2024 Unbound Gravel

Aussie Lachlan Morton and German Rosa Klöser won the world’s premier gravel race, Unbound Gravel in the Flint Hills of Kansas after a gruelling 200 miles

An unprecedented nine-rider sprint finish resulted in a stunning debut win for German PhD student, Rosa Klöser, in the women's elite UNBOUND Gravel 200. Australian fan-favorite Lachlan Morton (EF Education-EasyPost) took his first victory in the men's race following a thrilling long-range breakaway alongside second-place finisher, Chad Haga (USA). 

Lachlan Morton victorious at 2024 Unbound Gravel

Photo Credits: Life Time Events / Unbound Gravel

A couple of rain-free days allowed for the fastest racing ever seen at UNBOUND, with average speeds above 22mph (35kph) for the men's race and 19.4mph (31kph) for the women. Following an overcast start to the day, blue skies and light winds characterised race-day conditions, with the dry, dusty dirt roads marking fears of 'peanut butter mud' as unfounded. 

For the first time in the history of the race, the 2024 edition of UNBOUND Gravel saw the elite women's field secure an individual start time a full 15 minutes after the elite men, and 25 minutes ahead of the amateurs. 

Klöser's victory followed an eventful day on the gravel roads North of Emporia, with a crash, flat tire and wheel change risking a premature end to her race. She worked hard to bridge a two-minute gap solo to contest the biggest sprint finish in the history of UNBOUND Gravel, beating high-caliber racers including SD-Worx’s Geerike Schreurs (Netherlands) and first American finisher Paige Onweller (Trek-Driftless) into second and third place. 

Rosa Klöser victorious at 2024 Unbound Gravel

In the men's race, Denmark's Tobias Kongstad attacked early, setting the stage for an 200-mile game of cat and mouse which pitted breakaways against enormous chasing groups. Big names including defending Life Time Grand Prix champion Keegan Swenson (USA), UCI Gravel World champion Matej Mohoric (Slovenia), Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) and Ian Boswell (USA) tested the pace for the of 50-strong packs of chasers, but Haga's attack around 150 miles - with Morton in close pursuit - set the scene for the final hours of the race. 

A final sprint for the line down Emporia's Commercial Street saw Morton triumph over Haga, with Kongstad's 6am efforts on Emporia's asphalt rewarded with third place just three minutes after the breakaway pair.

Racing fans can watch the action unfold from home when the UNBOUND Gravel 200 extended highlights are published on the Life Time Grand Prix YouTube channel within 48 hours of the finish line. 

Men's winner Lachlan Morton said: "“It was a very fast and hectic start. After Little Egypt we got down to a small group but no one really wanted to take the pace up. When Chad went away I was like that’s the guy I want to be with. I managed to get across to him and I knew if we teamed up we’d both be committed. We didn’t need to say many words, we were both on the same wavelength. 

"There was definitely a lot of unknowns with people feeling each other out today. The bigger the groups were, the harder it was to communicate and get the group working together, so I knew that was going to be going on behind us. You’re never really sure of the gap, but I knew we were moving fast and they would have to be really committed behind to catch us. 

"Once we got back to town it was always going to be a bit technical, but I was lucky in that I’ve done this finish a couple of times and made those mistakes in the last races. 

"To be honest I thought a win here was kind of beyond me now. The levels continue to get higher, and I’m getting older. I’m just really happy with how it went today. I went away by myself with 120 miles to go into a headwind, I just wanted to race hard and race with everything I had. I wanted to leave everything out there today, and in the end I did." 

Women's winner Rosa Klöser said: "My day was definitely adventurous and very mixed. I was happy to make the decisive split and be in the front group with around fifteen women, but I think it was before the first feed zone that I hit a big rock, crashed and had a flat tire in the front. Luckily I was running inserts so I could try to keep going with the girls but they were really strong so it was very hard.

"We did a pit stop change on my front wheel and I only lost around two minutes to the leaders. I told myself I’m going to die trying to close this gap, but I made it! I got back, I was pretty cooked but in the end I was so happy that we had completely our own race that I decided I’m going to keep pushing and keep working, and give a lot of pulls because I want to show everyone how cool it can be that we have our own race. At the end I knew I had a pretty okay sprint after a long day out.

"This was my first UNBOUND. I only started cycling a couple of years ago and I’m still a full time PhD student, so I cycle part time. I still can’t believe I won!".

Sebastian Brueur from Germany won the 350-mile Unbound XL race, he out-sprinted Logan Kasper from Massachusetts in Emporia to win in a time of 20h 5m 36s, Kasper just 2 seconds behind on the finish line. Trevor Quass was third some 42 minutes later.

Elliott Barring from Georgia won the Unbound 100-mile race after out-sprinting Alexis Cartier, Jim Snitzer, Steffano Barberi and Spencer Millar at the finish line in a time of 4h 56m 30s.

U.S. Gravel Champion Lauren Stephens won the women’s 100 mile race in 5h 6m 40s, Flavia Oliveira Parks was second some 16 minutes behind with Laura King in third place.

2024 200 mile Unbound Gravel Men's Elite Race Top 10

1 Lachlan Morton Australia 9:11:47 (22.05mph)
2 Chad Haga USA 9:11:48
3 Tobias Kongstad Denmark 9:15:23
4 Piotr Havik Netherlands 9:15:24
5 Mattia De Marchi Italy9:15:24
6 Simen Nordahl Svendsen Norway 9:16:28
7 Greg Van Avermaet belgium 9:16:34
8 Sebastian Schönberger Austria 9:16:35
9 Torbjørn Andre Røed USA 9:16:35
10 Payson McElveen USA 9:16:35

2024 200 mile Unbound Gravel Women's Elite Race Top 10

1 Rosa Klöser Germany 10:26:02
2 Geerike Schreurs Netherlands 10:26:03
3 Paige Onweller USA 10:26:03
4 Carolin Schiff Germany 10:26:03
5 Heather Jackson USA 10:26:03
6 Sarah Sturm USA 10:26:03
7 Haley Smith CAN 10:26:04
8 Hannah Otto USA 10:26:04
9 Lauren De Crescenzo USA  10:26:11
10 Morgan Aguirre Spain 10:26:36

2024 350-mile Unbound XL race Top 10

1 Logan Kasper USA 20:05:38 (17.52)
2 Trevor Quass USA 20:57:52
3 Kevin Benkenstein South Africa 22:02:31
4 Bob Koplos USA 22:21:30
5 Cade Reichenberger USA 22:47:38
6 Joshua Berry USA 22:48:22
7 Joel Brazil USA 22:51:06
8 Kurt Refsnider USA 23:09:24
9 Nelson Odreman USA 23:12:50
10 Stewart Gross USA 23:42:29

2024 100-mile Unbound race Top 10

1 Elliott Baring USA 4:56:30
2 Alexis Cartier CAN 4:56:30
3 Jim Snitzer USA 4:56:31 (21.95 MPH)
4 STEFANO BARBERI USA 4:56:31
5 Spencer Miller USA 4:56:33
6 Sam Brown USA 4:58:09
7 Dillon McNeill USA 4:58:13
8 Beckam Drake USA 4:58:17
9 Lauren Stephens (womens winner) USA 5:06:40
10 Leif Bryan USA 5:06:52
 
 
 

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