Winner of the 2017 Unbound Gravel, Alison Tetrick is no stranger to the pointy end of the action in Kansas.
This year, however, she’ll be shaking it up further back, supporting a group of riders in an initiative called “Race the Sun” as they try to roll across the finish before sunset to raise money for Outride and Emporia’s NICA high school cycling team, Coyote Collective.
She’ll be riding in style aboard this custom pink Specialized S-Works Diverge, which draws inspiration from Specialized’s own classic mountain bike, the Team Stumpjumper, originally launched in 1984.
This isn’t the first time Specialized has looked inward for gravel frame designs. Just last year Tetrick and other athletes rode Unbound on a 1989 Rockcombo themed Diverge.
Specialized athletes Ian Boswell and Laurens ten Dam, who last year took the top two spots in the 200, will also be on similarly painted Diverges.
Take a closer look at the throwback bike, kitted out with a SRAM AXS 1x group, Roval wheels, and Lezyne components.
For those who have followed mountain biking for decades, this shade of pink is instantly recognizable from Specialized’s original mountain bikes.
Tetrick is riding a SRAM AXS ‘mullet,’ a 1x group with 44T Red cranks and an XX1 Eagle 10-50T cassette and rear derailleur.
You know you’ve made it when you get a custom cowgirl decal.
Notice the fringe at the shoulders from a cut-off vest. Some say that’s the spirit of gravel.
Specialized even borrows the same font from the Team Stumpjumper for the downtube — which for a change isn’t emblazoned with ‘Specialized’ or ‘S-Works.’ Lezyne provides oil slick colored bottle cages, matching the design on the cassette.
Pathfinder Pros are the tires of choice for Tetrick.
Lezyne supplies Tetrick with lights and a GPS.
When you ride 200 miles, comfort is paramount. Tetrick is on the latest S-Works Power with Mirror saddle, made of a 3D printed liquid polymer.
Tetrick, Ian Boswell, and Laurens ten Dam are all riding a retro inspired Diverge at Unbound Gravel.