SBT GRVL, Presented by Canyon Bicycles, Sells Out Second-Year Event in 25 Minutes
December 5, 2019
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 5, 2019) – SBT GRVL, a Colorado gravel bike event and celebration in the picturesque ranching town of Steamboat Springs, opened registration on Dec. 3 for year two and sold out in under 25 minutes.
In total, over 700 women will ride SBT GRVL in 2020, a 75-percent increase from the 2019 event. Women comprise 30-percent of the field. All race distances sold out.
Race co-founders and directors Amy Charity, Ken Benesh and Mark Satkiewicz point to an unwaivering focus on the rider experience for the success. Immediately after the inaugural SBT GRVL event closed, participants were surveyed and the founders took action on what they learned. A new 64-mile course option was added, and new double and single track sections were added to the Black and Blue courses. SBT GRVL will continue to alleviate race -day stress in 2020 by offering incredible on course support with aid stations, volunteers, mechanical SAG support and fully marked courses for clear navigation.
“We continue to be blown away by the supportive community we’ve built since last year,” says Benesh. “There are a lot of gravel events out there, and we’re grateful to everyone who has committed to joining us again for the second year. We’re so thankful that we get to share this beautiful setting with top-notch gravel roads with people from all over the country and even abroad.”
SBT GRVL is excited to welcome riders from 48 states and 13 countries to its second year event. From the supportive volunteer crew to the scenic ranching backdrop, read why participants from year one are excited to return for SBT GRVL 2020 here.
“Organizing this event, we wanted to invest in the participant by taking any stress out of their day, so they can just enjoy the course, make some new friends and experience the beauty of Steamboat,” says Benesh. “This way, riders can have fun and perform at their best rather than worrying about whether the course is going to be marked or if there will be aid stations along the way.”
About SBT GRVL
SBT GRVL launched August 2019 as a world-class gravel bike experience committed to Beauty, Inclusivity, Family, Challenge, and Fun. The event enables gravel fans of all ability levels to experience the unmatched gravel roads winding around and through the iconic, beautiful mountain town of Steamboat Springs, Colo. Riders are invited to push their abilities on four-course distances ranging from 37 miles to 141 miles. Those seeking the ultimate challenge can saddle up to 9,000 feet of climbing on the Black 141-mile racecourse destined to become a highly sought-after title for endurance gravel pros. The Blue Course is a ‘best-of-Steamboat’ experience wrapped up in 100 miles and the Red course is a condensed 64-mile “best of” route offering challenge, beauty and fun. The Green Course is a 37-mile introduction to the area’s unrivaled gravel roads. Come experience high-altitude gravel, a weekend full of events for the whole family and ranch-town hospitality at SBT GRVL.