Limar Goes Unbound!
The unofficial World Championships of Gravel Racing took place in the quiet little town of Emporia Kansas this past weekend and Limar was there in force! The Unbound Gravel Race has quickly established itself as the pinnacle event in off-road endurance racing. The start list was full of current and ex World Tour Pros as well as the who's who of the gravel racing scene.
Limar was well represented with the Cinch Elite Team, managed by former Pro Tom Danielson and Team Twenty24 on the Women's side for the 206 mile event and in the Unbound XL, 357 miler, we had Jeff Kerkove riding for Team Topeak/Ergon.
Team Cinch made a commitment to the Gravel segment this year and they made right choice by placing Lauren De Crescenzo at its helm. De Crescenzo dominated the Pro women's category, winning by 14 minutes.
After the race she said: “Holy god, it was an emotional rollercoaster, But I felt so much better than I have ever felt in a gravel race. I’m being coached by Tom Danielson now, and I talk to him like 10 times a day, so I was very prepared today. My legs have never felt that good in a gravel race. This is a huge comeback,” she said. “It’s not even a comeback because I’m past where I used to be. I’m like 150 percent where I used to be and now, I’m back and I’m better."
The comeback De Crescenzo is referring to relates to 2016 when she was involved in a life threatening, high-speed crash at the San Dimas stage race. She suffered massive injuries that took a couple of years to recover from. She Said about Unbound: "I’ve been through way harder stuff than that, I overcame a traumatic brain injury, and a stay in a rehab center. Nothing that’s hard will ever compare to that.”
In 5th place in the Women's Pro category was Shayna Powless of Team Twenty24. Shayna has already had some big off-road wins this season but racing Unbound was on an entirely different level.
After the race, Shayna said "I'm Still struggling to find the words to best describe yesterday’s Unbound Gravel race, 206 miles, over 11,000 ft of climbing, and countless highs and lows (physically and mentally). Finished in roughly 12.5 hours, managed to have a smooth ride except for a few minor chain mechanicals, and finished 5th in the end which I’m very stoked about! By far the most challenging and rewarding day I’ve ever encountered on the bike. Never have I felt prouder of myself for finishing an event. That was some epic gravel!"
Shayna's excellent finish was backed up by another strong showing from teammate Natalia Fancov. Francov finished 13th overall in the Pro Women's category.
Team Topeak/Ergon also brought a strong team and competed in several different categories. In the 100-mile race, Dave Wiens, Cooper Wiens and Karen Jarchow had their hands full.
Dave would lead the charge for the team, taking 4th overall in the 100-mile event. Karen would finish 5th in a strong women's field. Cooper, who was caught up in an early race crash was forced to chase back all race and would roll in for 22nd. Jeff Kerkove challenged the 357-mile XL race. Riding at the sharp end of the race, Jeff was forced to call it a day after just 150-miles due to not being able to keep food and water in the system.
It was an epic day and Limar is honored to support these incredibly inspiring athletes. Competing at the highest levels of the sport requires equipment that performs. Racing is in our DNA, it's why we do what we do! To come away with a victory at an event like Unbound makes the Team at Limar Italia feel incredibly proud!
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