COVID 19 PLAN
As we move closer to August, here are the things we are thinking about as they relate to COVID-19 Mitigation. We are working closely with our new Partner, Wild Health, on a plan that will keep everyone as safe as possible while also delivering a world-class experience to each SBT GRVL participant. Every week we learn more and more about the COVID-19 virus and how it can be spread, and we will know even more by August. Many things will change before then, but here are some of the protocols that we are considering as we prepare to host 3,000 cyclists in Steamboat Springs.
As we receive new information, we will be updating this page of our website, so feel free to visit this page as often as you’d like. We appreciate your patience during this time, and ensure that we are doing everything we can to keep you as informed as possible.
Assuming the vaccine rollout is trending the way it has been advertised, we expect that many of you will have had the vaccine before our event. We realize that there are a variety of reasons that others will not have had the vaccine. Please be aware that having received the vaccine is not a free pass to hug, kiss and stay unmasked in public areas–many rules will still be in place in town. However, being able to prove that you did receive the vaccine will give you some “skip the line” measures in a few of our processes.
For those who have not received the vaccine, we are looking into an on-site rapid test option. These discussions with Wild Health are still ongoing and we don’t know if we will implement this or not–it will depend heavily on where we are with the virus by summer. Please keep in mind that it could be mandatory to get a rapid test before you are able to pick up your packet, but that is to be determined. COVID-19 screening will take place at this time.
Friday and Saturday Shake-out Rides
These are fun, non competitive rides hosted by sponsors that are optional for all. While we expect that you will need to wear a mask pre-ride in the start areas, these will be much smaller rides than Sunday’s race and most of the logistics and routes will be organized by specific SBT GRVL sponsors.
Friday Night VIP Party
Our VIP party (consisting of sponsors, pro riders and media) will be hosted at Timber and Torch, a restaurant owned by Steamboat Ski Corporation, located at the base of the ski area. Outdoor seating options are available and all food service and restaurant public health rules will be enforced.
Expo and Packet Pickup
The sponsor expo has always been a highlight of the weekend, and we are doing everything we can to make sure it retains the same level of excitement for our partners and participants. We are fully planning to host our Saturday outdoor expo on Yampa Street and we expect to make a few changes including mandatory mask-wearing, hand sanitizing stations, and a more spread out footprint to allow for better participant flow. We are working closely with city and health department agencies to create as safe an outdoor environment as possible, so come on by and check out our partners’ booths, buy some event merchandise, and meet a few of our pro riders!
To spread out the process of packet pickup, we are exploring the option of adding an extra day and additional hours. Regardless, all packet pickup will be in an outdoor/open-air venue. Volunteers will be using PPE and riders will be wearing masks. Blocks of time will be advertised for groups. The downtown packet pickup venue on Yampa Street will allow for physical distancing.
With 3,000 riders starting on Sunday morning, we will make changes regarding our mass start event. While we did one start group per distance in 2019, we will create start waves based on current state and local regulations. While we are hoping that the state will allow start groups of up to 500 by August, that is just a forecast.
Face coverings will be required in the start line area for all athletes, volunteers and staff including rider staging before the start. We have the full road from 10th street to 5th street to be able to spread out riders on the start line. Gaps between rider waves will be increased from 2019 to allow for more distancing.
On-Course Aid Stations and Support
Aid stations will utilize volunteers with PPE and strict cleaning guidelines. Surfaces will be cleaned regularly. We will be working with public health to direct best practices handling food and drink at each aid station. Portable restrooms will be distanced and regularly cleaned.
We will still have sag vehicles on course, but we will be using them mostly for emergency situations to adhere to physical distancing guidelines–we will have “bailout” suggestions clearly communicated for riders who don’t think they can complete their distance. We will also have medical personnel and vehicles on course for emergency situations who will be wearing PPE when in close proximity to riders.
Finish Line, Awards, and After Party
Due to staggered start times and different paces on the course, riders will be crossing the finish line in small groups starting in late morning and continuing throughout the day until dusk. Food and drink will be available at the finish line by our local partner, Mountain Tap Brewery among other local restaurants, who will provide finisher meals served under current public health restaurant regulations.
Podiums may be a bit different this year as to avoid larger crowds–we will adhere to physical distancing guidelines at the awards ceremonies.