11/08/2018, SBT GRVL P/B CANYON
Grab your Grail: three distances, one epic location
The gravel segment is no longer a curiosity; it’s a real thing. A real fun thing. Seemingly overnight, the thrill of riders enjoy the freedom of road bikes—off road—and back on road, and on singletrack and really anywhere you want to take it, has taken shape, and created a new culture of riders. It also spawned a whole new segment of bikes, and with it came the birth of the Grail, Canyon’s centerpiece gravel bike.
The variety of events popping up across America has been impressive. We’ve seen a proliferation of short, hard rides, as well as long epics. Each seems to speak to the extremes, requiring extra gears, a kercheif for the dust and a handful of tubes….but doesn’t necessarilty exist to getting new riders into gravel.
Enter the debut of SBT GRVL presented by Canyon. The debut event already has an edge; rather than being in the far-flung reaches of Kansas or in forest hinterlands, it’s centered in the famed ski town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and held in the summer warmth of mid-August. Instantly, gravel has become a family event.
So, why Steamboat Springs?
“We started this because we came to the fruition that there wasn’t a place in the Rocky Mountain region to race in the summertime. We thought Steamboat would just be an amazing place for this event,” says event founder Mark Satkiewicz. “It’s a place where racers can bring family and friends, because it’s an enjoyable place to spend three or four days and turn it into a little family vacation. We’re really proud of the town and our communited, and want gravel fans to see it.”