The Pure Gravel crew headed out to Steamboat Springs for SBT GRVL last weekend. Steamboat is a little ski town in northern Colorado with 12,000 residents and some of the most spectacular views in America.
The expo was adjacent to this cool little bike + ski shop. They had a unicycle outside the door that you could ride, but the rusty tricycle was locked up.
The early morning pre-ride had 200 riders.
The event was loaded with cycling royalty. Jayson from GravelCyclist was out and about doing his thing. Eric Zabel hung out at the expo all day chatting with riders and fans.
Mavic provided neutral support via moto on the 140 mile gravel course.
Steamboat Springs is home to Moots, so of course they were well represented at the expo and the race.
The IRC guys won the award for “Loudest Booth”
Chamois Butt’r kept the stoke high with a mobile sample trike.
We were forced to take shelter during a cloudburst. Twice.
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Orange seal had a mechanic on hand taking care of riders with mechanical issues.
So many watts at this table!
If you were fortunate enough to make it to the Canyon after-party you were treated to the "past, present, and future" of cycling. Also free beer.
On to the race! Payson drove the front of the peloton early in the race. Come to think of it, he drove the front of the race pretty much all the way to the end.
If you found yourself without a group, at least it was pretty.
Recent Dirty Kanza winner Amity Rockwell on a solo effort.
There was a little bit of tarmac on the course.
The pro men’s purse was $11,000
And a matching $11,000 for the pro women.
Even the podium ceremony was not immune to the unpredictable Colorado weather.
Riders dipped in the river to cool down post-race.
The post-race vibe was chill. Can you spot Simon from GCN?
Goodbye Steamboat Springs, See you next year!
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