By Shelby Reardon, November 19, 2020

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — From the very beginning, SBT GRVL wanted to be different. In its first year, the Steamboat Springs gravel bike race had 30% participation from women riders — a number they campaigned to hit but were not satisfied with.

Achieving a 50-50 participation rate between men and women was the original goal, but it’s no longer the only one. On Tuesday, SBT GRVL announced a partnership with Ride for Racial Justice, which sets 25 registration slots aside for cyclists who are Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC). The program will cover entry fees and provide financial support to cover costs such as transportation, lodging, coaching and gear.

“When we started SBT, we thought of, what do we want to stand for? What’s important to us?” said SBT GRVL co-founder Amy Charity. “We kept coming back to wanting to invest in our racers, invest in our community and invest in causes we believe in.”

Any BIPOC cyclist 18 and older can apply to the program up until Dec. 2. Ride for Racial Justice and SBT GRVL will then select 25 applicants who will be able to take part in the race, scheduled for Aug. 15, 2021.

Registration for the third annual but second in-person SBT GRVL Race opens on Dec. 4.