RIDERS CAN APPLY FOR FREE ENTRY AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO INCREASE REPRESENTATION. CAN WE GET A HELL YEAH?
SBT GRVL—a gravel bike race in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, launched in 2019—is making moves to get cyclists who are part of the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) community on the start line. The lack of BIPOC riders and marginalized communities in bike racing is painfully obvious, and a handful of companies and events, like this one, are helping to make space for them.
In collaboration with Ride for Racial Justice, a Denver-based non-profit founded in June of this year, SBT GRVL will be offering 25 free starting spots for BIPOC riders in the 2021 race, through a new initiative called the SBT GRVL X RFRJ BIPOC Athlete Program. In addition to this, the two organizations will be offering financial assistance to each of these athletes to help cover costs related to transportation, lodging, coaching services, mentorship, and gear to compete in the race.