Baby coming: Ted King racing Unbound Gravel is all about one thing – having a baby in the next 48 hours

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While most Unbound Gravel competitors worry about tire pressure and running low ahead of this weekend’s race, Ted and Laura King juggle much bigger and unpredictable issues with the impending birth of their second child. .

Ted King, who won Unbound Gravel in 2016 and 2018 and finished fourth last year five weeks after breaking his collarbone, is adamant he won’t be heading to Kansas this weekend unless that the birth of her son does not occur within the next 48 hours.

If the birth does not occur by Tuesday, he will choose to stay home and skip the second round of the Life Time Grand Prix series.

“It’s in the air. It’s up to you,” he said. BikeNews on a Monday morning call.

“First and foremost, I don’t want to miss the birth of my son,” King said. “We know we’re having a boy. For that to happen, we need to have the baby in the next few days so we can have the kid, get home, settle down, make sure mom and baby are happy, and then escape to Kansas for the run. Instead of not having the child, going there and running the risk of missing it. It’s a substantial risk in that sense.

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Laura, who is a competitive runner in her own right and co-founder of Rooted Vermont and the Women’s Clinic, is keen for her husband to travel to Kansas, but the couple are setting up a tentative cutoff.

“It’s probably tomorrow, Tuesday,” Laura King said.

As for how the absence of Unbound would affect the King’s Life Time Grand Prix standings, the points-based series uses the best of five out of six races. Missing Unbound, where he has always performed very well, would be a disappointment for King, but it wouldn’t mean the end of his potential on the show.

“It’s unfortunate, from my perspective, because you get a run to throw, for Ted to throw this because it’s one of his best,” Laura said. “I would love for him to go there just so he can throw another run. It’s just out of our control.

King has been back in shape over the past few months after being ill with severe food poisoning in the spring. His numbers point in the right direction, but any racing plans are secondary.

“Going back to about eight months ago when we found out we were pregnant, you’re doing a bit of a due date estimation, so in the back of your mind you think it might have an effect on Unbound, and here we are in this juggling,” he said.

“I was just catching up with a handful of sponsors on other things. Cannondale, WHOOP, Velocio and ROKA. Everyone has been great and understands the situation. SRAM happy hour would be a fun time to see friends. There’s a lot of “wait and see” when people ask me how I plan things. Everyone is hopeful that I’m there and that everything is fine with the delivery taking precedence. I would love to win, I would love to move up the leaderboard but to some extent it’s just another race.

“It’s been a slow start to the season, but it’s all starting to hit now. I had more illnesses in the spring than I have ever had, so it was a slow start. The accumulation of races, big days of intensive training and events like Gravel Locos has given me good shape.

“In terms of power, it’s certainly promising. Coming off of last year and finishing fourth there, the combination of experience and fitness gives me some confidence for this year. Last year I was happy to have completed my fifth Unbound, so I joined this 1,000 mile club.

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