SBT GRVL, which is billed as a world-class gravel bike experience set in the picturesque ranching town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, will open registration on December 3 for its second-year event, taking place in 2020.
There will be a weekend full of activities for riders to enjoy leading into next year’s main event on Sunday, August 16, 2020, which has Canyon as a presenting sponsor. Additional sponsors for 2020 include: ABUS, ZIPP Speed Weaponry, SRAM, The Feed and People for Bikes.
As an international cycling and snowsports destination, Steamboat Springs offers extensive outdoor recreation options, ‘mountain-town hospitality and a noteworthy local dining scene.’
SBT GRVL welcomed 1,500 cyclists for its inaugural year, all joining together to experience Routt County’s network of scenic gravel roads winding through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
For 2020, SBT GRVL will further its commitment to all levels of riders by offering a new 64-mile fourth course option, dubbed ‘Red’. Riders of the Red course – positioned as a sweet spot between the 144-mile Black course and the 37-mile Green course – can expect approximately 4,100 feet of climbing and over 50 miles of gravel.
Additionally, the Black and Blue courses will feature new double and single track sections, adding a new dynamic to the race.
The SBT GRVL founders noted that they ‘committed to parity, inclusivity and equality for all riders from year one.’ This commitment led to the re-opening of registration last year to offer 200 more spots for female riders. As a result, 400 women showed up to ride for the inaugural event, just under 30% of the field.
Gender parity remains a priority for year two, and the founders are ‘laser-focused on achieving a 50-50 ratio of male/female riders in the coming years.’
SBT GRVL will offer a US$22,000 prize purse for 2020, which will be equally divided among male and female racers across the pro field. In addition, new for 2020, SBT GRVL will recognize age group winners across all four races equally.
“We were overwhelmed by the positive feedback we received from riders of all ability levels who experienced our inaugural SBT GRVL event,” said Mark Satkiewicz, co-founder of SBT GRVL. “As a commitment to the SBT gravel community, we took action on all feedback we learned from connecting with our first-year riders and we’ve implemented the updates they wanted for 2020.
“We think the new Red course addition will be a popular choice and the double and single track sections of the Black and Blue courses will not disappoint.”