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Houston, we have a problem! Colorado should be the North American Capitol of Bicycle Racing! We need to support the next two days of the Colorado Classic race to become what our cycling destiny should be.

Attendance at Vail was terrible and the racing was fantastic!

Bicycle racing like we have in Colorado is fun. The Colorado Classic has gone to extraordinary links to increase the fun aspect of all parts of the race.

Day 3 in Denver will bring premier a new course we have not seen in decades if ever. Starting and ending in downtown Denver, the course will take in Wheat Ridge, Lakewood, Golden, Kittredge, Evergreen, Conifer and include Dinosaur Ridge, a classic front range hill. Here again, there will be dozens of opportunities to see the racers up close and personal!

Day 4 is the classic downtown Denver crit from downtown to City Park and back. Women will race this course four times and men eight. This gives spectators another opportunity to see speed and see it several times as the racers come past. Watch in amazement, eat a sandwich, have a beer and watch in amazement, repeat.

The real difference is the Velorama. A combination music festival and cycling street fair. I went between races and enjoyed my time there. It adds easy ways to get fed and still enjoy the wait times between race laps or races.

Issues from 2018.

  1. You have to get the word out that you don’t have to have a Velorama ticket to watch the race. Several people who I expected to watch the race said they did not because of the cost.

    The Velorama provides more fun and most importantly more income to support the bicycle race. Yes, we have grown accustomed to watching a lot of amateur racing in Colorado for free. However, a professional race costs a lot more money. Support the race by buying a ticket to Velorama.

    However, if you can’t you should still go see the bicycle races. A least buy a hat!

Issues Now 2019

1. We knew about the Velorama; no one knew about the Colorado Classic. It got lost in the push to finance the race. Press releases about the race were few and far between, and 90% of those covered the music festival. I understand Velorama is financing the race. I understand, to a limited degree, how much a bicycle race costs to put on, especially one brining in UCI World teams.

But we may be, to use a phrase from my “upbringing” throwing the baby out with the bath water. In an effort to pay for the race, we forgot to tell people about the race.

2. The news has to get out earlier than weeks before the race. People schedule their summers all winter long. We work through the winter to ski and plan for summer. By the time press releases started coming out about the race, it was too late. People had their summer booked.

Driving down from Vail this afternoon I was in a crowd of cars, team trailers and an RV or two. But the traffic leaving Denver was bumper to bumper and stopped in several places. Those people are too late for the Vail races and not going to see the Denver racing. And the Denver racing is going to be great!

Colorado is better than that. I rode a press car up twice during the time-trial today and saw one I knew about the course. The last time I did that I saw dozens of people I knew. The hillside at the now-defunct pro challenge at the time, trial finish line was covered with bicycles of people who had ridden up from Summit Count or from Vail. Today there was one bike on the hillside.

The racing was great. I followed Gillian Ellsay, @GillianEllsay of Rally Cycling, @Rally_Cycling up the time trial in the media car; she passed six other riders, five on the uphill section of the course. She was amazing. You should have seen this 21-year-old phenomena kick butt. Her time was better than a lot of the men later that day. You missed it if you weren’t there.

Yet the time-trial today carried on a tradition of racing on that course, the Vail Time Trial, first started in 1975. The course is so well known, that European cyclists know about it and today a lot of them learned about it, steep hill and no oxygen. 43 years of racing just on this one spot, think of the tires and sweat that have hammered up that hill.

I understand this is a balancing act money versus not having racing, and like 99.99% of the people in the US, I don’t have a solution, and it sounds like all I can do is complain. That is NOT my goal. My goal is to keep professional cycling in Colorado as a sport, not just the home of great cyclists who are racing other places.

However, I think a few of these things can be solved cheaply, hopefully.

So what, if a lot of July cycling yellow jerseys are not present. You can see future yellow jersey wearers now and tell your friends in seven years how you knew they were going to be leaders when you first watched them race at the Colorado Classic. And we got Taylor Phinney @taylorphinney riding. Taylor are you having a good time? “Always!” is new Colorado blood and sweat with the greatest smile and attitude professional cycling needs. Get out and cheer @taylorphinney on! (@TaylorPhinney which my spell checker want’s to change to @ethylmorphine?)

More importantly, if you are reading this find a shady spot on a hill for tomorrow’s races, MEN’S and WOMEN’S and enjoy what is truly a spectacular sport. Find a cooler, umbrella and chair and plan on spending Sunday watching the crit at city park or the Rhino district. No matter what, unclip and get out to watch professionals, men and women race this weekend!

What do you think? Leave a comment.

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Colorado Classic Bike Race Announces Top Pro Women’s Teams

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Colorado Classic Bike Race Announces Initial Lineup of Top Pro Women’s Teams

Expanded, four-stage women’s race runs August 16-19, in Vail and Denver

DENVER—At least 14 of pro cycling’s top women’s teams will compete in the newly expanded Colorado Classic in August, race officials announced today.

The second annual Colorado Classic will showcase women’s cycling by doubling the number of stages for female competitors in 2018, expanding from two to four stages with courses similar to the men’s race.

The effort to advance women’s racing is already paying dividends by attracting teams that include some of the fastest women in the sport.

“We’re building one of the premier pro cycling events in North America for women as well as men, and the caliber of this year’s women’s teams – coupled with expanding from two to four stages – is an important step in the process,” said David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group, the organization that puts on the Colorado Classic.

The women’s Colorado Classic will once again feature some of the sport’s top squads. To date, officials have secured 14 women’s teams including Rally Cycling, whose Sara Poidevin dominated the Colorado Classic in 2017:

  • Rally Cycling* (USA)
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team* (USA)
  • Twenty20 presented by Sho-Air* (USA)
  • Hagens Berman / Supermint* (USA)
  • ALP Cycles Women’s Racing Team (USA, Colorado based)
  • Amy D. Foundation – (USA, Colorado based)
  • CONADE-Specialized-Visit Mexico Pro Cycling Team (MEX)
  • Fearless Femme (USA)
  • Orion Racing(USA)
  • Palmares (USA, Colorado based)
  • Point S Auto / Nokian Tyres (USA)
  • QCW Cycling Team (USA)
  • Stages Cycling Team (USA, Colorado based)
  • Team Affinity (USA, Colorado based)

* Indicates UCI registered women’s team

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Though rosters won’t be announced until later this summer, the teams that will be competing include racers who are previous podium finishers from the inaugural Colorado Classic, Olympic medalists, National Champions and World Champions.

The women’s Colorado Classic will be held in conjunction with men’s racing over the course of four days, beginning in Vail on August 16 with a circuit race through Vail Village, followed by a time trial up Vail Pass. When the Classic moves to Denver on August 18, the women will race a dynamic criterium around the Velorama Festival, followed by a final circuit race through the RiNo Art District and downtown Denver to City Park on Aug. 19.

The four-stage women’s race will cover:

Stage 1: Vail Village Circuit (Thursday, August 16)
Stage 2: Vail Pass Time Trial (Friday, August 17)
Stage 3: Denver Criterium (Saturday, August 18)
Stage 4: Denver City Park Circuit (Sunday, August 19)

The men’s and women’s stages of the Colorado Classic are part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, which showcases the premier domestic road events in the United States.

“Colorado has a tremendous legacy for hosting world-class women’s cycling that dates back to the ‘80s, and we’re building on that this year with the expanded women’s race and a great field,” said Women’s Race Director and UCI Road Commission member Sean Petty. “The strong response we’ve received from the top U.S. women’s teams honors that legacy, and we expect incredible racing from some of the best riders in the world.”

RPM Events Group, organizer of the race, is committed to advancing women’s racing and empowering women through cycling by investing significant resources in expanding the race, routes, video and streaming recap coverage and fan engagement for women. Additional resources for expanding the women’s race were supplied in part by Antero Resources, an independent exploration and production company headquartered in Denver, and a sponsor of the Colorado Classic women’s race.

“As avid cyclists ourselves, we understand the power of cycling to transform lives,” said Paul Rady, founder, Chairman and CEO of Antero Resources. “We are proud to sponsor an expanded women’s race at the Colorado Classic and help create a more level playing field for women athletes everywhere.”

Last week, the race announced an international field of 15 of the top men’s pro cycling teams.

For more information, please visit www.ColoradoClassic.com.

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Colorado Classic Announces 2018 Team Line UP, a lot of Favorites are Back

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15 Men’s Teams Including 4 World Tour Teams Coming to Colorado Classic
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Today we announced the initial lineup of men’s teams for the 2018 Colorado Classic. The teams, which come from six countries, include four UCI World Tour teams, five UCI Professional Continental squads, five UCI Continental teams, and the return of the national Team Rwanda Cycling.

We will announce our women’s teams later this month, and we expect a similar field of competitive teams. The men’s teams are:

UCI World Tour Teams

Team EF Education First-Drapac P/B Cannondale (USA)

Trek-Segafredo (USA)

Mitchelton-Scott (AUS)

Team LottoNL-Jumbo (NED)

UCI Professional Continental Teams

Hagens Berman Axeon (USA)

Holowesko|Citadel P/B Arapahoe Resources (USA)

Israel Cycling Academy (ISR)

UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team (USA)

Rally Cycling (USA)

UCI Continental Teams

Aevolo (USA)

Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling (USA)

Jelly Belly P/B Maxxis (USA)

Silber Pro Cycling (CAN)

303 Project (USA)

National Teams

Team Rwanda Cycling (RWA)

For more information, visit our website at ColoradoClassic.com, or read our blog post.

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6 Ways Colorado Biking is Best
It takes ample amounts of black top, singletrack, sunshine and friendly people to create a biker’s paradise to match Colorado. Lively Colorado biking communities ensure that events abound, spring through autumn, and that road-biking and trail-riding options proliferate in every part of the state.
Check out this article
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We released our 2018 Routes
Did you miss our route release? Read our blog post to learn more about Stages 1 and 2 in Vail, and Stages 3 and 4, starting and finishing in Denver.
Route Release Blog Post
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Interested in volunteering for the Colorado Classic?
Fill out our volunteer interest form, and you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator closer to the event.
Become a Volunteer!
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2017 Cycling Pro Tour Announced, includes a race in Colorado!

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2017 Pro Road Tour schedule announced

(Oct. 20, 2016) – USA Cycling announced Thursday the 2017 Pro Road Tour (PRT) calendar, which features a tighter and more geographically convenient lineup of events since the 2016 merger of the National Racing Calendar (NRC) and National Criterium Calendar (NCC).

“We have had input from the Pro Road Committee and various teams, athletes and race directors, including a sit-down meeting in May, and we feel that this lineup of events is an excellent step in the second year of the Pro Road Tour,” said Micah Rice, Vice President of Events, USA Cycling. “We had a great first year of the PRT last year, and we feel that 2017 will allow for some excellent racing.”

2017 Pro Road Tour:

Date

Event

Location

Classification

March 30-April 2

Joe Martin Stage Race

Fayetteville, Ark.

UCI 2.2 M/W

April 8-9

Sunny King Omnium

Anniston, Ala.

M/W

April 19-23

Tour of the Gila

Silver City, N.M.

UCI 2.2 M/W

April 30

Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling

Dana Point, Calif.

M/W

May 3-7

Redlands Bicycle Classic

Redlands, Calif.

M/W

May 28

Winston-Salem Classic Criterium

Winston-Salem, N.C.

M/W

May 29

Winston-Salem Road Race

Winston-Salem, N.C.

UCI 1.1 M/W

June 4

Philadelphia International Cycling Classic

Philadelphia, Pa.

UCI 1.1 Men

June 9-11

Saint Francis Tulsa Tough

Tulsa, Okla.

M/W

June 14-18

North Star Grand Prix

Minneapolis, Minn.

M/W

July 14

Chrono Kristin Armstrong Time Trial

Boise, Idaho

UCI 1.2 M/W

July 15

ASWB Twilight Criterium

Boise, Idaho

M/W

July 19-23

Cascade Classic

Bend, Ore.

UCI 2.2 M/W

July 31-Aug. 6

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah

Utah

UCI 2.HC Men

Aug. 10-13

Tour of Colorado

Colorado

UCI 2.HC Men

Aug. 19

Rochester Twilight Criterium

Rochester, N.Y.

M/W

Aug. 24-27

Tour of the Commonwealth

Virginia

UCI 2.1 Men

Sept. 1-4

Gateway Cup

St. Louis, Mo.

M/W

Sept. 9

Reading 120

Reading, Pa.

UCI 1.2 Men

Sept. 10

Doylestown Criterium

Doylestown, Pa.

M/W

Sept. 16

Mayor’s Cup Boston

Boston, Mass.

M/W

The revamp of the 2017 calendar aims to eliminate weekends with multiple events and make racing more geographically convenient for teams, allowing them to compete as much as possible from March to September. Given the order and timing of the 2017 PRT, teams can get to a greater amount of races relative to the overall schedule in a more cost-effective manner.

In the event that two or more events fell on the same weekend when creating the 2017 calendar, USA Cycling looked at a number of factors printed as selection criteria in the published bid packet. Size of event, media market/footprint, level of event production, popularity among riders and teams, spectator count—including on-site, broadcast and social media engagement, event history and other criteria were taken into account.

For questions, please contact Rice at mrice@usacycling.org.

 

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USA ProChallenge gear is now available. Race is a month away. Get Ready

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Join A-Basin’s two-day festival of concerts, camping and cycling on Monday, August 17 and on the day of the USA Pro Challenge Stage 2 finish – Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Sample one of our famous A-Basin Bacon Bloody Marys and hang out with the “funnest” people in Summit County.READ MORE
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Volunteer Registration is Now Open for the USA ProChallenge

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