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A proper women’s race – Historic day in Emporia at Unbound Gravel

Lauren De Crescenzo at Unbound Gravel 200 2024

I never imagined sprinting to the line of a 200-mile bike race with nine other women, but on Saturday, history was made in Emporia, Kansas at Unbound Gravel.

The calibre of the women’s gravel peloton has risen tenfold in just a few short years. When I won Unbound 200 in 2021, I averaged 17 mph in what felt like an extended time trial. Although not directly comparable, we averaged 19.4 mph in the female-powered lead group on Saturday. 

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