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My First ULTRA Bike Race (Unbound XL – 350mi / 563km)

My First ULTRA Bike Race (Unbound XL – 350mi / 563km)

Unbound XL is a gravel bike race over 350 miles, 563 kilometers, in the farm lands of Emporia Kansas. This bike race is fully self supported event, meaning EVERYTHING you eat, wear, or repair is all on you.

98% of the course is gravel roads, you ride through the night, meaning you need lights. There are 6 gas stations along the route where you can get food and water.

I learned A TON from this experience, and will change a lot of my personal set up for next year. Below is my set up in detail and what I would change.

My setup was a SURVIVAL approach vs RACE, which I feel now was a bad idea. I was so confident I could win or podium, that I didn’t want bad mechanical luck take me out.

So I leaned on my fitness to over come weight, but it was just too heavy and I could have streamlined the setup much more. But I just didn’t know what to expect.

BODY:
Hydro pack w/storage
– chain
– Tire
– Jacket
– tubes
– tools
– flow hydration (calorie mix)
– ketones
– 3L of water w/ketones
– head lamp
Cargo bibs for xtra storage
MTB shoes & pedals

BIKE
Frame bag (all batteries for lights, GoPros, and battery bank)
Top tube bag (2 GoPros)
Saddle bag (C02 + levers)
Aero bars
Front fork (30mm)
42 IRC doublecross tires
Cadex 35 AR wheels

FANNY PACK
2,000 calories

0:00 Intro
1:01 Act 1- Setting the scene
5:14 Act 2- Everything goes wrong
14:36 Act 3- Just like that, things got better
23:18 Act 4- All is fair in love & bike racing
31:50 Act 5- I love this shit
41:55 Ending talk

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Top 10 at the BWR DUBBLE HEADER! (TWO Belgian Waffle Rides)

Top 10 at the BWR DUBBLE HEADER! (TWO Belgian Waffle Rides)

The Belgian Waffle Ride is a series of races all over the United States with San Diego being the most popular. The ride has 3 distances, Waffle (140mi, Wafer (70mi), and Wanna (30mi) This year BWR they put together a DOUBLE HEADER where the Waffle raced Saturday, and the Wafer on Sunday. You could race… Continue Reading

The Impossible Route: FAR WEST TEXAS (Cycling Documentary)

The Impossible Route: FAR WEST TEXAS (Cycling Documentary)

Can we ride 350 mi / 563 km of the WORST gravel imaginable…IN ONE RIDE!?!? The Impossible Route enters season 2 with a BANG! JB and I tackle a new adventure through FAR West Texas. This route takes us STRAIGHT THROUGH the night! It was… INTENSE! RULES: We are FULLY self-supported with the exception of… Continue Reading

This CRIT race has JUMPS!?! (Critcross Cycling Breakdown)

This CRIT race has JUMPS!?! (Critcross Cycling Breakdown)

I breakdown the most unique, most dynamic, and most fun bike race ive ever done. Critcross is the ONE event that I might actually be good at. It combines just about every element of bike racing there is. Bike handling, race tactics, short power, long power, dirt skills, and aggression. This unique race format puts… Continue Reading

Bringing A ROAD BIKE To A GRAVEL RACE? (The Rock Cobbler Breakdown)

Bringing A ROAD BIKE To A GRAVEL RACE? (The Rock Cobbler Breakdown)

This was the first time racing the Rock Cobbler Gravel event in Bakersfield California. I breakdown my experience and talk through the course. I was on a road bike for this event, not really by choice, but I think it worked out well. Strava for this event: https://www.strava.com/activities/6673921912 Event Site: https://rockcobbler.com/ Bike Set Up: Canyon… Continue Reading

How’s your body holding up?  (Pretend Pro Daily Vlog ep.18)

How’s your body holding up? (Pretend Pro Daily Vlog ep.18)

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