August 23, 2019

Although he tried really hard to do so, Chris Case didn’t crack at the gorgeous, demanding, and high-paced inaugural edition of SBT GRVL.

Wispy pillows of fog floated above the gurgling Yampa River as we pedaled out of downtown Steamboat Springs. The mellow light of dawn had yet to erase the crisp chill of the tranquil morning air.

We, the gathered group of gravel aficionados, hoped for a fine day on the bike: incredible scenery, challenging terrain, fun racing, and heaps of camaraderie.

“Screeeeech!” “Slooooooowing!” “On your left!”

Yeah, that didn’t last long. Gravel racing is, um, racing, and SBT GRVL is a prime example of that.