Who’s going in the lottery? The two of us are registering as a group for the Red course. If we don’t get in, we might just try to volunteer since we booked our 2023 lodging when we checked-out in August.
Lottery registration opens this week:
12/1–12/5: Random Selection open
12/9: Riders who are & are not selected for SBT GRVL 2023 will be notified
Seems pricing has gone up for most of the courses. I’ll get to tell my future grand kids how I once rode the green course for $75 back in the day
I really like the course and event. Have done it twice, but at $250 for the black course, that’s a hard no. The blue course was like $125 when I did it in 2019 and the black course for 2021 was 200-ish?
There are so many up and coming gravel races across the rockies/nebraska/kansas that are half that price and offer great things. $175 for the Green/37 mile course? Oh lord.
I did the Blue last year and it was a beautiful course and good support, etc. But other than the short stretch on private land you can ride that beautiful course any time you want for free. By the time you add in lodging, which gets more expensive for SBT GRVL week, it becomes an expensive week. I’m sure they will have more applicants than spots available so great for them but I’m starting to look more and more at smaller more grass-roots rides that offer a similar experience for much less.
This is a stunning amount to pay to ride for ~3 hours, but kudos to them I guess if they can get people to pay it.
I did SBT last year as well and found it to be one of the better run events I’ve been to - tons of great aid stations, super fun expo, Steamboat is awesome, etc - but I also am not inclined to attend again this year. For me it’s a bit late in the summer and I think I’d rather just go to Steamboat at any point of the summer and ride for fun.
We realized that the shift to the race being a week later this year puts it in conflict with the start of my kid’s school year. I still have a few days to try to figure stuff out, but I think we’re going to have pass this year
Got roped into entering the lottery with a couple of buddies…one of them crashed last year and rode 80 miles with a separated shoulder. He needs redemption….and honestly, after a lackluster result last year, I could use a bit of it myself.
Yeah, it was a true hard man’s ride. When he crossed the line he was visibly very emotional….the camera crews came running up to him when he was with us and we had to ask them to give him some space so we could take him to the medics.
He had dropped of our pace and we had no idea he later went down. He could have stopped at any number of different points (my daughters were out there on course) or even just done the Blue route to get done faster, but he gutted it out. Super impressive.