2022 UNBOUND Gravel

Everything You Need To Know To Watch The 2022 Life Time Grand Prix

Everything You Need To Know To Watch The 2022 Life Time Grand Prix

FloBikes will broadcast the six-race Life Time Grand Prix. This is what you need to know about the new American gravel and mountain bike series.

Mar 22, 2022 by FloBikes Staff
Final Mile: Men's UNBOUND 200

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The Life Time Grand Prix is a competition comprised of six iconic off-road cycling races, which will be tied together for first time in 2022. The series combines three mountain bike races and three gravel races into an elite competition featuring 60 cyclists competing for a $250,000. 

FloBikes will broadcast all six Life Time Grand Prix events live and on demand to subscribers worldwide. 

UNBOUND Gravel and Leadville Trail 100 MTB boast sold out fields with thousands of riders taking to the start line. The relatively small 60-rider Grand Prix field is designed to maintain the participatory spirit of Life Time's events, while providing a unique opportunity and challenge to some of the best cyclists in the United States. 

With extreme distances, high altitudes, and different styles of racing throughout the series, the inaugural Life Time Grand Prix is an exciting development in American cycling. 

Read on to discover the six races of the 2022 Life Time Grand Prix.

Sea Otter Classic 80K Fuego XC MTB Race

On April 9, the Life Time Grand Prix gets underway in Monterey, California at the Sea Otter Classic. Sea Otter is an industry spectacle which has a long history of hosting professional races. Domestic road racers will be familiar with the Laguna Seca circuit race, and the cross country mountain bike race has become a major attraction in recent years. 

Amidst all the racing and industry showcases, the 60 grand prix competitors will face off for the first time in the Fuego 80K, an endurance cross country mountain bike race featuring two laps of the 40-kilometer Fuego cross country course.

The course will provide sandy climbs, flowing singletrack and an opportunity for the mountain bike specialists to distinguish themselves in the diverse competition. 

UNBOUND Gravel 200-Mile Gravel Race

On June 4, the grand prix descends upon Emporia, Kansas for UNBOUND Gravel, the longest event of the series. 

The world’s marquee gravel event will test the endurance and the equipment of the grand prix athletes. Rolling gravel roads, sharp flint rocks and the picturesque, windswept prairie of Kansas’ rugged flint hills await thousands of participants this summer. 

Crushar In The Tushar 70-Mile Gravel Race

On July 9, Beaver, Utah hosts the grand prix, where athletes will take on the Crusher in the Tusher, a gravel race touted as being one of the hardest 70-mile races on the planet.

Even though the course is a 60/40 split of gravel to tarmac, the event pits riders against relentless climbing at challenging altitudes in the stunning back country of Utah’s little-known Tushar Mountains and Fishlake National Forest.

Leadville Trail 100-Mile MTB Race

The Grand Prix gets back to mountain biking on August 13 in Leadville, Colorado. The 104-mile out-and-back course is one of the most established and iconic races in North America. The race rarely dips below 10,000 feet above sea level, and climbs as high as 12,516 feet, where racers are treated to panoramic vistas on top of Columbine Mine. 

This brutally tough course features primarily forest trails with a small portion of asphalt. This high-altitude challenge is a bucket list event for many riders in the U.S., but may be a major obstacle for the flatland gravel specialists in the grand prix.

Chequamegon 40-Mile MTB Race

On September 17, the 40-mile Chequamegon mountain bike race awaits athletes in Cable, Wisconsin. Despite being the shortest race of the Life Time Grand Prix Series, the Chequamegon 40 offers plenty of technical challenges. 

The race travels from downtown Hayward, WI over the famed American Birkebeiner Ski Trail and along picturesque trails of varying terrain, finishing at the Great Hall in Cable, WI.

Big Sugar 100-Mile Gravel Race

The final event of the Life Time Grand Prix is the Big Sugar 100-Mile Gravel race in Bentonville, Arkansas on October 22. 

Big Sugar offers a lush backdrop as racers barrel towards the end of their season. The remote, rugged and canopy-covered gravel roads of Northwest Arkansas will give way to end of season celebrations in a town that is quickly becoming an international cycling destination.