F1 race car pilot Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo F1 Team) used a mid-season summer break from his high-speed four wheeled day job to play amateur bike racer at SBT GRVL in Colorado, and notch another win – on two wheels.
Bottas competed in the third edition of the race, one the largest and most prestigious cycling events in the USA, along with 3000 other “graveleurs” from 24 countries. He raced on the “Red” course, a gruelling 60 mile mixed surface ride around the city of Steamboat Springs with over 3600 feet of climbing (and descending) on rough, bumpy and rutted gravel roads.
Bottas, 33, completed the race in just under three hours, finishing with a time of 2:56:22, winning his age group and coming in fourth overall – four minutes behind the overall “Red” winner.
His partner, professional Australian cyclist Tiffany Cromwell, won the women’s 100 mile race on the “Blue” course.
This is the second year in a row Bottas has spent his summer break from F1 racing on two wheels. Last year he finished the SBT GRVL “Red” race in fifth overall and third in his age group.
Complete SBT GRVL results HERE.
Photos: V. Bottas, Alfa Romeo F1 Team