SBT GRVL registration opens Dec. 3
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — SBT GRVL is back.
After the first annual SBT GRVL (Steamboat Gravel) race was a huge success, there was no hesitation to plan next year’s event. Registration for round two opens up at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. All 2019 riders have the chance to register on Dec. 2, a day ahead of the public.
When the race kicks off Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, many things will look the same for returning riders. However, there will be some new features.
Last year, the field was 1,500 strong, split between three routes of varying distances. The 2020 race hopes to feature 2,000 riders across four routes.
The big bad black route was a doozy at 144 miles, with the blue race being just over a century, at 103 miles, and the green offering a shorter 37-mile scenic route. The new red route will be 64 miles long, a sort of “sweet spot” between the century and the short course.
“Even at the expo the day before the race, I’d say it was the No. 1 question or request that I got over the weekend, was ‘Can we have a route between the green and the blue?’” SBT GRVL partner Amy Charity said. “We think it might be our most popular distance, kind of that metric century distance.”
Also coming in 2020 are double- and single-track sections along the black and blue courses, which Charity thinks will add a new dynamic to the race.
“We think it’ll really spread out the race,” Charity said. “When there’s single track, there’s a race to get to that. You don’t want to be the person who gets behind everybody, and you’re sort of singled out in a line. We think it’ll get people to race to get to that part.”
What: SBT GRVL bike race
When: Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020
Registration: Opens Tuesday, Dec. 3, at sbtgrvl.com/registration
Sometime in the spring or summer, SBT GRVL will host a trail-building party.
About 30% of 2019 riders were women, but SBT GRVL is hoping to achieve a 50-50 ratio of male and female riders. In order to help attain that goal, last year’s women’s riders get to register a day in advance. Additionally, they are given a code to allow other women to register a day ahead of the public.
“We’re hoping that continues to tip the scale and bring us closer to the 50-50 number,” Charity said.
The prize purse is still impressive at $22,000. The sum will be spread among the male and female professional riders. What’s more, SBT GRVL will recognize age group winners across all four races equally.
Ahead of the race, there will be two camps for riders to visit Steamboat Springs ahead of the race, scout the course and train.
“We think that’s something that’s going to be popular with our riders,” Charity said. “To come to Steamboat an additional time, check out the course and check out the town in a few days when they’re not racing.”
To reach Shelby Reardon, call 970-871-4253, email sreardon@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.
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