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SBT GRVL Announces SBT VRTL Ride Experience for 2020

Ride Virtual Now, Ride SBT GRVL in 2021

SBT GRVL is a social distancing community ride experience that is free for all participants. You can also secure a spot at the 2021 SBT GRVL through a donation benefiting advocacy partners.


SBT GRVL​, a world-class gravel bike experience presented by ​Canyon Bicycles​, is launching a new virtual ride in place of the canceled August event. ​SBT VRTL​ is a free community ride experience that will be held on Sunday, August 16, with participants choosing where, when, and how long to ride.

SBT GRVL DESCRIPTION

SBT VRTL is a FREE community ride experience held on Sunday, August 16th and can be accomplished anywhere, any time and any way you want to participate on that day.  This ride is open to all, regardless of if you were registered for SBT GRVL or not.  You may choose any route you would like to ride, inside or outside, solo or with a few friends.  In addition, for 34 cities across the USA,  we’ll make it easy for you by providing suggested routes that we will unveil starting in July.  Ride any of the four SBT GRVL distance options (37 miles, 64 miles, 103 miles, 144 miles) on August 16th and we believe you can make a great day happen . Your route, our route, any route, it is completely up to you!

We are all disappointed that we cannot race SBT GRVL on the greatest gravel roads on Earth in and around Steamboat Springs.  One thing we continue to be amazed with is how tight knit this gravel community is.  Even if we can’t race in Steamboat this year, we still want to stay connected with one another.  As fellow racers we also know that it helps to have a goal on the calendar that keeps us training, riding and motivated. In addition, we also know all of us want to help those in need and support causes we all believe in.

Come join us for SBT VRTL. Make any donation and qualify for amazing prizes from our sponsors and anyone not currently deferred for 2021 that registers and donates $50 or more secures the ability to register and race in 2021 guaranteed! (Limited number of reserved spots available). Until then have fun, be safe, wear your T Shirt with pride and see you in Steamboat in 2021. 

How does it work and how can I participate?

  • Register for SBT VRTL ASAP.  It is FREE and invite your friends!
  • Choose your distance (GREEN 37 miles, RED 64 miles, BLUE 103 miles or BLACK 144 miles)
  • Choose your route (your own or one that we suggest)
  • Decide who you’re riding with solo or with a few friends 
  • Sign up for the SBT GRVL Strava club and SBT VRTL event to easily see who else is participating and share with your friends!
  • Ride on August 16!
    • This is not intended to be a big group ride or a race!  Social distance, be smart and have fun!
    • Adhere to all CDC and Government Covid-19 guidelines in your area and be safe.  
    • Take all of the snacks and tools that you will need.  These rides are all self-supported
    • Upload your ride to your Run Signup account when you are done

What are perks for the riders?

SWAG. By donating $1 or more you are entered to win swag from our sponsors leading up to and on the day of the event.  We have incredible partners and great products to give away.  

Guaranteed entry to SBT GRVL 2021.  If you are not currently deferred for SBT GRVL, you will have the opportunity to guarantee your ability to register for 2021 by donating $50 or more to any of our designated advocacy partners.  

Where are the routes?

You can always use your own route no matter where you live.  In addition, we have identified 34 cities across the US where we will provide suggested routes to make it easier for you to complete one of the four distances.  If you are in one of the cities below, you can find suggested routes on our website that links to Ride with GPS starting in July.  You can use the routes on your own, or with a few friends starting any time on August 16th, your call.  If you’re not in one of these cities, no problem, you may complete any of the four distances in your hometown and on the route of your choice.  

Cities with suggested routes coming in July 

Albuquerque Atlanta Asheville Austin Boise Boston Boulder Burlington Colorado Springs Dallas Denver Fort Collins Golden Grand Rapids Gainesville Houston  Indianapolis Kansas City Knoxville Little Rock Los Angeles Milwaukee Minneapolis New York City Park City Philadelphia Portland Salt Lake City  San Diego San Francisco Petaluma  Seattle Steamboat Springs Tucson

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