SBT GRVL, like most races this year, were cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, but if it all goes well, the 2021 edition will happen on August 15, 2021. Still 200+ days away, but definitely exciting stuff in one of the most picturesque course to look forward to next year.
Which brings us to the next important thing – General registration will open tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 4 at 7AM mountain time. We were told there are roughly 500 available spots, in addition to the nearly 2,000 confirmed riders deferred from the cancelled 2020 edition.
Besides an all-star list of confirmed racers and a 50/50 equal prize purse for the pro male and female field, there are also a few new items worth mentioning:
- SBT GRVL Athlete Program: A partnership with Ride For Racial Justice to offer 25 black, indigenous and people of color athletes a full-ride to the race.
- GRVL GREEN route: A new category for e-bikes for better inclusivity and encouraging riders of all abilities to participate.
Given we are not out of the woods with the pandemic, measures such as hands-free water systems, wave starts, additional pre-packaged food and a revised packet pickup system will be implemented in compliance with federal/state/local ordinances to improve overall safety. With much in the unknown SBT have also made it known riders will have the options to deferred their entry to 2022, as well as a partial refund if the race is cancelled.