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The first date for the EF Education First riders on the alternative racing calendar was Dirty Kanza, a gravel race starting in Emporia, Kansas that heads for the Flint Hills.
While the description makes the race sound simple, for riders Lachlan Morton, Alex Howes and Taylor Phinney – friends first and colleagues second – two hundred miles of tire-shredding flint and heat stroke-inducing sun with hours between aid stations is really anything but.
EF Gone Racing documents the highs and lows the riders’ experience at Dirty Kanza, whether that’s Alex Howes “coming apart pretty bad”, or puncture after puncture for Taylor Phinney who sums it up by saying, “people just come here to lose it.”
Cycling is a sport full of ups and downs, but beyond what we see on TV, it’s fairly insular in nature. We rarely see the raw emotion, or get to grapple with the human side of the sport.
This year, that changes.
Throughout 2019, Rapha is sending a film crew to join EF Education First Pro Cycling at the world’s biggest bike races, bringing you the stories from inside the bus, at home, in the team cars and on top of mountains.
EF Gone Racing is the new series from Rapha taking you on the road with the team, offering viewers exclusive access to its larger-than-life characters and showcasing the full spectrum of joy and heartbreak that is professional cycling.
In partnership with Rapha, we’re thrilled to share #GoneRacing with the CyclingTips audience.