Lance Whitner, local artist and cyclist was commissioned to do this beautiful painting for SBT GRVL. She was invited to create a piece that commemorated this year’s race, and we say that she went above and beyond!
Grab a poster and have this iconic symbol of your SBT GRVL experience!
The team at SBT GRVL is part of a wider campaign to connect recreation with ranching in the Yampa Valley. “Art has the ability to speak to everyone and offers a way of uniting people in the community,” says Kristy Fox, community relations for SBT GRVL. For that reason, the organization hired prominent Northwest Colorado artist Lance Whitner to create a piece for the race. “Lance is so iconic in Steamboat and has a way of bringing such personality to her depictions of the landscape around us. As a cyclist herself, she was a natural fit to capture the spirit of the race,” Fox says.
The poster is part of a wider mission for Whitner. An avid mountain biker and novice gravel rider, her saddle is her window to the world. She believes in pushing boundaries, both as an athlete and a painter. The dichotomy of the landscape around her is constant inspiration for her emotive artwork. “We all have a responsibility to this land, and I hope to connect people not just to the landscape, but to their emotions and their own sense of place,” Whitner says. “We all need to work together to protect our environment, and a combination of diverse perspectives and actions creates more holistic protection.”