Chris Sias trains on a dirt road while wearing his SBT GRVL gear. 
Courtesy of Chris Sias

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Up until nine months ago, Chris Sias had never biked on gravel before. Since then, he’s completed the grueling 70-mile Tushar Crusher race in the Utah mountains as part of his training for the upcoming Steamboat Gravel, or SBT GRVL, race.

Sias, a Steamboat Springs resident, is hoping to complete the 140-mile route during the inaugural SBT GRVL race. He will be part of a field of 1,500 riders on Sunday, Aug. 18, taking part in three different courses, ranging from 40 to 140 miles.