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Colorado’s Routt County has some of the best backroads riding you’ll find anywhere in the U.S.
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SBT GRVL kicked off with a bustling expo of all things gravel bikes and beyond.
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It was chilly at the Sunday morning start. But temperatures rose rapidly.
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This year’s Dirty Kanza champ Colin Strickland was among a handful of hitters that showed up. Strickland punctured late in the race and ended up fifth.
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A little bike ride with 1,500 of your new best friends.
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Slowly the pace (and dust) hotted up at SBT GRVL.
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Dust kicked up as the pace whittled the front pack below 100. Photo: Courtesy SBT GRVL
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Besides some nice prize checks, this cowboy hat was on the line.
A rider participates in the 2019 Steamboat Gravel cycling race.
Eventual men’s winner Ted King was all smiles early on.
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The natives were quite curious about all the hubbub.
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Legendary German sprinter Erik Zabel made an appearance. He’s an ambassador for event sponsor Canyon Bikes these days.
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When the dust settled the scenery took over. Not a bad place to ride bikes. Photo: Courtesy SBT GRVL
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SBT GRVL’s much kinder version of The Devil.
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King had a more serious expression once the real racing began. Here he rides with the final five, which soon became two.
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The barn game is strong in these parts. Photo: Courtesy SBT GRVL
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This is cattle country.
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King and eventual second-place finisher Payson McElveen were the last survivors at the front of the race.
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Fueling is key at these long gravel events. Sarah Sturm shows how it’s done. Photo: Courtesy SBT GRVL
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King goes over the final climb solo on his way to SBT GRVL glory.
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It’s King for the win.
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Post-race congrats between first and second place in the men’s long course affair.
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It was one of those classic Colorado blue sky days.
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Women’s winner Brodie Chapman celebrates the end of a long day.
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Sarah Sturm ended up third in the women’s long course race — and seemed pleased with the effort.
A rider participates in the 2019 Steamboat Gravel cycling race.
Gravel racing makes me feel like this.
A rider participates in the 2019 Steamboat Gravel cycling race.
The men’s long course podium.
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King got a pretty nice check, too.
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The winning rig in the men’s long course race.
A rider participates in the 2019 Steamboat Gravel cycling race.
The women’s long course podium.
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Some were in better shape than others at the end.