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Monuments of Gravel

Video: The pro bikes of Unbound Gravel 2021

A glued-on XTR digital display. A raccoon spirit animal. $30 aero bars. And a tribute to a rider killed on the bike. Here are the bikes of a number of elite riders at Unbound Gravel.

Unbound Gravel draws in riders from around the country and the world, each with their own perspective on what the ideal bike set-up for 206 miles of Kansas gravel should be. For many elite riders, sponsorship dictates much of what can be done, but there is still room for creativity in gear choices. And sometimes, sponsored gear just doesn’t show up.

Former WorldTour rider Alexey Vermeulen is tackling his first Unbound Gravel with a bit of glued-on modification: he has an old XTR digital display affixed to the lower crossbar on his Canyon Grail handlebar.

Whitney Allison, who recently won the 185-mile Co2uT Desert Gravel, put on some aerobars she got for $30 on Amazon. “I don’t even know what the brand is, but they work just fine,” she said. On her top tube, Allison has a sticker for the late Gwen Inglis, who was hit and killed by a car in May. Allison herself was hit by driver a couple years ago, and faced a long recovery process.

We also hear from Ali Tetrick, Pete Stetina, and Jess Cerra.

Check out all our Unbound Gravel coverage.

Gwen Inglis was hit and killed by a driver in May. This is Whitney Allison’s Ibis. Photo: Ben Delaney