STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 27, 2019) – The town of Steamboat Springs uniquely melds Colorado mountain town culture with the ambiance and warmth that only a ranching community can offer. Couple that unique atmosphere with the region’s physical attributes, like altitude and hundreds of miles of scenic, gravel county roads. With this formula, it was only a matter of time for cycling’s newest and fastest-growing discipline – gravel riding – to find a home in Routt County, Colorado.
And find a home it did. The weekend of Aug. 17-18, 1,500 gravel cyclists hailing from seven countries and all 50 of the United States converged on Steamboat for the inaugural SBT GRVL event, presented by Canyon Bicycles. Three course distances – 141-, 100- and 37-miles – were offered to riders and racers of all ability levels, ages and genders.
The inaugural SBT GRVL race, presented by Canyon Bikes, launched with a field of 1,500 riders, including 400 women. Over 500 of them tackled the Black Course, a 141-mile, 9,000-foot elevation gain course that offered 100 miles of gravel roads winding through Steamboat Springs and surrounding Routt County.