Lauren De Crescenzo and Alex Howes Win 2021 SBT GRVL 

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado (Aug.15, 2021) — 3,000 riders, including a number of current and former U.S. professional national champions, Olympians, World Tour riders and many of the world’s most accomplished gravel riders descended on Routt County’s pristine gravel roads to contest the 2021 edition of SBT GRVL presented by Canyon Bicycles. In only its second year SBT has quickly become one the largest and most prestigious cycling events in the United States, fixing the cycling universe’s collective attention on the state of Colorado for the first time since 2019.  

Lauren De Crescenzo (Cinch Elite) takes the win at the 2021 SBT GRVL. Photo by Linda Guerrette
Lauren De Crescenzo (Cinch Elite) takes the Women's Open/Pro win at the 2021 SBT GRVL. Photo by Linda Guerrette

After 142 miles it was Lauren De Crescenzo (CINCH ELITE) and Alex Howes (EF Education First – Nippo Pro Cycling) who crossed the finish line first ahead of their respective Pro/Open fields. 

Those fields included Olympian Tiffany Cromwell, current and former US pro national road champions Lauren Stephen and Alex Howes, 2021 Unbound champions Lauren de Crescenzo and Ian Boswell, defending SBT GRVL champion Ted King, 2021 BWR champion Pete Stetina and Alt-TDF champion Lachlan Morton. 

Alex Howes (EF Education First-Nippo) holds on to win the 2021 SBT GRVL. Photo by Linda Guerrette
Alex Howes (EF Education First-Nippo) holds on to win the 2021 SBT GRVL. Photo by Linda Guerrette

The 2021 edition of SBT GRVL also broke ground as the first-ever gravel cycling race to be televised live, with Wahoo as the presenting sponsor. Broadcast partner OutsideTV carried the televised show.

“Seeing the incredible outpouring of enthusiasm for SBT GRVL, you feel a tremendous sense of pride in our local Steamboat community and the experience they make possible for our riders,” said Amy Charity, co-founder and owner. “We’ve got some of the best gravel in the world, but without our volunteers and the tremendous support from our sponsors and locals, this event wouldn’t be what it’s become. We’re very thankful and look forward to building on this foundation for years to come.”

Men’s Top-5

  1. Alex Howes (6:19:44)
  2. Ian Boswell
  3. Peter Stetina
  4. Adam Roberge
  5. Freddy Ovett

Women’s Top-5

  1. Lauren De Crescenzo (6:45:36)
  2. Lauren Stephens
  3. Flavia Oliveira
  4. Crystal Anthony
  5. Whitney Allison

 

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