Former WorldTour pro turned gravel racing maven Ted King grabbed top honors in the men’s inaugural long-course SBT GRVL race Sunday. On the women’s side it was road pro Brodie Chapman (Team Tibco-SVB) crossing the finish line first.
Each earned a well-deserved $5,000 for their efforts in the 140-mile race on the ever-rolling (and almost always scenic) gravel roads around Steamboat Springs, Colorado. All told the race handed out $28,000 in prize money split evenly between men and women.
King outlasted Payson McElveen (Orange Seal), who’d stood toe-to-toe with his foe for most of the day, but finally succumbed to a bout of leg cramps on the final climb of a course that doled out over 9,000 feet of climbing.
“Going into the two final really steep pitches [eventual third-place finisher] Jacob [Rathe] was smoked and dropped off,” King said. “Then it was just Payson and I going into the last super steep pitch. He cramped and I still felt good, and just rode away.”