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What Past Participants Have To Say About UNBOUND Gravel Women’s Camp
We’re looking forward to our 3rd UNBOUND Gravel Women’s Camp, and we hope you’ll join us September 23-26 for a weekend of cycling, community, and meeting other inspiring women!
Hear what some of our past participants have to say about this exciting weekend in the Flint Hills:
“We should all be going to camp as adults! There’s really no better way to learn and grow and meet new friends who are eager to do the same – just like kids! I’m late to the bike… didn’t really get started until after my 3 children could all walk and wipe ;) But riding keeps me young. As a newcomer to the sport, women’s gravel camp was ideal for me. To be surrounded by professionals and seasoned racers was a huge gift I never would have gotten without just jumping in. Women supporting women, from morning coffee to warming up the legs, through the tough miles and unsure moments, that’s what my memories are made of! That and lifelong friendships made in just a few short days! I can’t wait to go back!” – Mara Rhodes
“I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural Unbound women’s camp in 2018. I rode away from camp not only a better cyclist, but with a renewed excitement for the growth of the WFT side of gravel riding. Emporia, KS holds a special place in the history of gravel in the US, and this camp really highlights the best parts – community, friendship, growth and great riding!
I hope you all come with an open heart, and are prepared to learn – from not only the leaders but from your fellow campers! You all bring a unique background and have traveled to Emporia on many different paths. You are gathered in a magical place. Whether you are gravel curious or a seasoned veteran, you’ll have a great time. Especially if you “give” as much as you “get.” The women’s gravel world is small and it’s imperative that we work in collaboration to keep gravel welcoming for all. I’m so stoked for your time together! Soak it up!” -Rachel Wills
“I attended the Women’s Gravel Camp in September 2019 and didn’t really know what to expect. The week exceeded what I could have even hoped for. From a riding perspective it had everything – casual rides, hard efforts, tempo, and even a gravelduro race. The riding was of course a highlight and the original draw. But what really heightened the experience was the grandeur of the Flint Hills – the rolling landscape speckled with cows, horses and endless farms; the crunch of gravel under your tires, the scent of tall grass in the air, the crisp mornings and hot afternoons – all felt like you were immediately immersed in the experience.
Lastly, the women – seasoned pros, newbies, those in the industry, and middle of the packers like me brought multiple perspectives and backgrounds which certainly culminated into more than the sum of their parts. The ability to step back from daily life and enjoy the company of women and love of sport made lasting memories and friendships I didn’t anticipate.” – Susie Bockard