Lauren De Crescenzo and Alex Howes Win 2021 SBT GRVL
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
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.
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.
“It was really a race of attrition. There were a couple big climbs that broke it up but it was pretty much full gas the whole day,” said Alex Howes.
For the last 10 miles, spectators watched as a strong breakaway group of Howes, Boswell and Stetina worked together to separate themselves from the group.
“At the end of a hard day, it’s really anybody’s game,” said Howes. Fortunately for him, it was his game to win after an exciting sprint finish. And while Howes might have looked as strong as ever throughout the race today, he was suffering. He had just logged 100 miles across the most extreme terrains of the Colorado mountains the day before, after all. I was really, really cramping for the last 60 kilometers,” said Howes.
Photo: Alex Howes (EF Education First – Nippo Pro Cycling) won the men's open race
Lauren De Crescenzo (Cinch Cycling) took a solo victory at the SBT GRVL race, she crossed the line alone taking the win in just under seven hours ahead of US road champion Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank) in second place and Crystal Anthony (Liv Racing), all crossing the line separately.
Crystal Anthony was fourth and Bike Sports LLC's Whitney Allison was fifth.
Photo: Crystal Anthony was fourth and Bike Sports LLC's Whitney Allison was fifth.
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.
Photo: Lauren De Crescenzo (Cinch Cycling) took a solo victory at the SBT GRVL race
“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
1st - Alex Howes (6:19:44)
2nd - Ian Boswell
3rd - Peter Stetina
4th - Adam Roberge
5th - Freddy Ovett
Women’s Top 5
1st - Lauren De Crescenzo (6:45:36)
2nd - Lauren Stephens
3rd - Flavia Oliveira
4th - Crystal Anthony
5th - Whitney Allison