‘Unbound Playground’: Non-Racer Takes On 200-Mile Gravel Race

If you love poetic depictions of grueling endurance sports, the latest documentary about UNBOUND 200 might cause some waterworks.

A new mini-documentary follows the affable “non-racer” Erwin Sikkens as he completes the UNBOUND 200. The now-famous trek through the Flint Hills in Kansas attracts professional riders from all over the world. But Sikkens wanted to show the perspective of the “normal people.”

Watching cyclists tear through stark, symmetrical landscapes backed by a swelling orchestra — it’s enough to make gravel riding downright romantic.

“Gravel riding is so much bigger and better and more beautiful than I would have thought it was,” Sikkens says.

Runtime: 11 minutes

two cyclists riding into a sunset along a gravel road
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Andrew McLemore

An award-winning journalist and photographer, Andrew McLemore brings more than 14 years of experience to his position as Associate News Editor for Lola Digital Media. Andrew is a musician, climber and traveler who currently lives in Cuenca, Ecuador, which he uses as a home base for adventures throughout the Americas. When he's not writing, playing gigs or exploring the outdoors, he's hanging out with his dog Campana.

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