SBT GRVL 2021 was a race jam-packed with talent, controversy, and tired legs — some riders coming directly from the Leadville 100 to race another 144 miles, 104 of which are straight-up of gravel, oh and don’t forget the 9,400 feet of elevation gain.

SBT GVL 2021front of the mens pack

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SBT GRVL — How the race unfolded

The men’s and women’s fields were overflowing with possible favorites, for the men’s Ian Boswell (Wahoo Frontiers), Ted King (Velocio), and Peter Stetina (Canyon) looked like a good bet, same with EF Educations Alex Howes. Both Howes and Stetina raced in the Leadville 100 the previous day. For the women, Lauren De Crescenzo (Cinch Cycling) looked to dominate, but Lauren Stephens (TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank), Tiffany Cromwell, and Isabel King were not to be underestimated.

Over the 144 miles of gravel, the climbs softened the fields, and it came down to Stetina, Howes, and Boswell for the final selection of the men. The riders doing everything to stay with each other, the final came down to an unlikely sprint finish with Howes emerging victorious with a time of 6:19:44.

SBT GRVL climbing

In the women’s field, De Crescenzo crossed the line with no competitors in sight and only a half-hour later than the trio including Howes, with a time of 6:45:36. The next female finisher, Stephens, crossed the line ten minutes later. The victory has sparked a debate of fairness in the world of gravel racing and possibly separating the men’s and women’s fields.

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But — we’re not here to discuss that. We’re here to talk bikes and see what these riders piloted and trusted over 144 miles of SBT GRVL.

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Lauren De Crescenzo’s Colnago G3X

First up is the women’s winner Lauren De Crescenzo and her gravel shredding Colnago G3X. De Crescenzo rides a 49 cm (small) frame with 120mm Zipp Service Course Stem and 40cm SL-70 bar. SRAM Force Etap AXS takes care of the shifting, and for those curious, De Crescenzo ran a 10-33T 12 spd cassette paired with a 48/35 tooth combo for the SBT hills.

SBT GRVL DeCrescenzo bike name SRAM shifter

As for wheels, De Crescenzo G3X rolls on Knight TLA35s, a nice mixture of aero advantage and lightweight spring. The Knight TLA35 rims are laced to DT-Swiss 180 center lock hubs for the killer/dependable and super light build. De Crescenzo’s Knight wheels roll on Rene Herse 700 x 44 Snoqualmie Pass tires (34 psi front, 39 psi rear) with TC Tire Endurance Casing and Muc-Off sealant.

SBT GRVL DeCrescenzo bike name

De Crescenzo goes with the popular Supacaz Super Sticky tape on the bars and the Specialized Power saddle for touchpoints.

Frameset: Colnago G3X

Frame  size: 49s

Bike weight: unknown

Brake/shift levers: SRAM Force Etap AXS

Front derailleur: SRAM Force Etap AXS

Rear derailleur: SRAM Force Etap AXS short cage length.

Front brake: SRAM Force Flat Mount

Rear brake: SRAM Force Flat Mount

Crankset:  SRAM Force AXS Crankset 172.5 48/35 tooth

Cassette: SRAM Red AXS 10-33

Chain: SRAM Red AXS Hot melt wax treatment

Wheelset: Knight TLA35 with Dt Swiss 180 hubs

Tyres (plus inserts if fitted): Rene Herse 700C x 44 Snoqualmie Pass TC Tire Endurance Casing

Sealant: Muc Off

Cockpit: Zipp Service Course 120mm Stem/ 40cm SL-70 Bar

Tape/grips: Supacaz Super Sticky

Pedals: SPDs

Saddle: Specialized Power saddle

Seatpost: Colnago G3x

Bottle cages: Arundle Mandible

Computer: Wahoo Bolt

 

Rider height: 5’10”  

Rider weight: 138

Tyre pressures: 34 front, 39 rear

Saddleheight (from centre of bottom bracket): 70.4 cm

Tip of saddle nose to handlebars (at centre): 56 cm

Any other key kit or equipment choices (e.g. shoes, special bottles etc.): Cinch Elite Castelli San Remo skinsuit, Limar helmet 

Tiffany Cromwell’s Canyon Grail CF SLX

SBT GRVL cromwell Pro bike check stem

Next is Tiffany Cromwell and her small but mighty Canyon Grail CF SLX. Cromwell rode the XXS in the Grail and opted for a super lightweight build for the day’s climbing. The bike is a full SRAM Red eTap AXS 1x build with SRAM Red eTap AXS XPLR rear and abroad 10-44 XPLR cassette.

SBT GRVL cromwell Pro bike check rear derail

Cromwell went with Zipp 303s for the day’s adventures and Schwalbe G-One Bite tires. We found the Zipps light and fast in our reviews, and it comes as no surprise that Cromwell would choose them for race day.

SBT GRVL cromwell Pro bike check shifters

The Schwalbe G-One Bite tires offer more grip than the Schwalbe G-One R gravel, but suffer on the tramac. I’m curious why Cromwell went with one over the other.

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Isabel King’s Super-Orange Canyon Grail CF SLX

Last but not least is Isabel King and her super orange Canyon Grail CF SLX. The Grail was a popular choice for the comfort and mix of aero it provides with the unique double bar. King’s Grail ran a full SRAM Force eTap AXS groupset. She was prepared for the 9,400 feet of elevation gain—King’s bike was equipped with 46/33T chainrings, paired with a 10/36 12-spd cassette.

SBT Gravel King Pro bike Side

For wheels, King’s Grail rolled on DT-Swiss GRC 1400 paired with Panaracer GravelKing 38 SS+ tires at 31 psi both front and rear. King rides the Fizik Argo Tempo saddle, a super popular choice for men and women. The Fizik Argo is fitted to Canyons shock-absorbing seat post; the S15 VCLS 2.0 CF, which looks strikingly like the Ergon Seatpost.

SBT Gravel King Pro bike saddle

Frameset: Canyon Grail CF SLX (orange, obvi)

Frame size: Small

Bike weight: 8.44kg

Brake/shift levers: SRAM Force 

Front derailleur: SRAM Force

Rear derailleur: SRAM Force

Front brake: SRAM Force

Rear brake: SRAM Force

Crankset:  170mm cranks

Cassette: 46/33 front, 10/36 12-Speed back

Chain: SRAM Force

Wheelset: DT Swiss GRC 1400

Tyres (plus inserts if fitted): Panaracer GravelKing 38 SS+ (as Amy Charity suggested)

Sealant: Orange Sealed

Cockpit: Grail double handlebar extravaganza

Tape/grips: Canyon tape

Pedals: Shimano XTR 

Saddle: Fizik Argo Tempo 

Seatpost: Canyon S15 VCLS 2.0 CF

Bottle cages: Canyon SF  

Computer: (hard question..) I will use my Garmin 530 Edge. 

Other accessories: QUARQ power meter

 

Rider height: 5’8”

Rider weight: 60 kg 

Tyre pressures: 31psi

Saddle height (from centre of bottom bracket): 71.4cm

Tip of saddle nose to handlebars (at centre): 57.5cm

Any other key kit or equipment choices (e.g. shoes, special bottles etc.): Orange KASK protone helmet, orange KOO Spectro sunnies, crazy orange kit (undecided on which one)

If you’re interested in more Pro Bike Checks, take a look at CLIF Pro Team’s Sofia Gomez Villafane & Russell Finsterwald race rides.

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