What’s the general vibe or mentality at the SBT GRVL? Is it intense, or is there a feeling of camaraderie?
Chas: SBTGRVL has one of the biggest prize purses on the race calendar. Former world tour pros, elite domestic racers and some seriously fast men and women were out to win it all. Once the race started, and after the blazingly fast first couple of miles, the vibe kind of coalesced into a solid feeling of camaraderie, no matter who you were, the goals all aligned: finish on a high note and enjoy the ride!
Nico: With a race like SBT GRVL that had 1,200 some odd starters in the 144-mile race, everyone is there for their own reasons. As you make your way from the front of the pack to the back, the energy shifts from pros to people who have never raced their bike before. Regardless of what energy you bring to the startline, there most definitely are plenty of other riders who share that energy and it’s an amazing feeling when you can make that connection.