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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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Fill out our volunteer interest form, and you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator closer to the event.
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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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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS | ARAPAHOE BASIN
COPPER MOUNTAIN | ASPEN | BRECKENRIDGE | LOVELAND
FORT COLLINS | GOLDEN | DENVER
AUGUST 17-23, 2015
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Host City Highlight: Arapahoe Basin
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
UPCOMING EVENTS
Northern Colorado Community Ride7/21/15 – 6p – Fort Collins
Copper Mountain Community Ride7/26/15 – 12:30p – Copper
Denver Community Ride8/2/15 -12:20p – Denver

Volunteer Registration is Now Open for the USA ProChallenge

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COPPER MOUNTAIN | ASPEN | BRECKENRIDGE | LOVELAND
FORT COLLINS | GOLDEN | DENVER
AUGUST 17-23, 2015
Volunteer Registration is now open! Cycling fans and enthusiasts alike are encouraged to take part in making it all happen by signing up for volunteer positions along the 604 mile course, which winds it’s way through Steamboat Springs, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Aspen, Breckenridge, Loveland, Fort Collins, Golden and Denver.
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Lexus Ride Like a Pro Sweepstakes during the USA ProChallenge

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Dear Pro Challenge Fan,How would you like to attend two stages of the USA Pro Challenge as a Lexus VIP?Lexus is giving one winner and guest a trip to remember at the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, August 20th and 21st, 2015. The opportunity to “Ride Like a Pro” starts at Stage 4 in Aspen. Guests will be whisked away in a Lexus to follow the pros on course and end in Breckenridge, where they will enjoy VIP hospitality.Accommodations for stage 4 will be provided by Lexus Hotel Partner St. Regis Aspen. Winner will also take home official USA Pro Challenge merchandise.

The Lexus Ride Like a Pro Sweepstakes is brought to you exclusively by Lexus, a proud partner of USA Pro Cycling Challenge. To read the rules and regulations, click here.

*Trip will include round-trip coach class air transportation for winner and one (1) guest from a major commercial airport near the winner’s residence to a major commercial airport near Aspen, CO. Hotel accommodations will include four days/three nights from Wednesday, August 19, 2015 through Saturday, August 22, 2015 (one room, double occupancy). Sponsor is not responsible if any event listed in the prize description above is canceled, delayed or postponed.

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2015 USA Pro Challenge Route will Attract Great Racers and Great Fans

USA PRO CHALLENGE ANNOUNCES 2015 ROUTE WITH EPIC MOUNTAINTOP FINISH AND ALTITUDE INFUSED TIME TRIAL

New Host Communities Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain

Promise to Delight Fans

DENVER (April 28, 2015) – The 2015 USA Pro Challenge swings into action in its fifth year with a new circuit start in Steamboat Springs on Monday, August 17th and then it makes its way through another eight stunning host cities for the race finale in Denver on Sunday, August 23, 2015.

The Rocky Mountains of Colorado serve as home for the USA Pro Challenge, and every year since its inception over a million fans get to witness the world’s best cyclists, iconic routes and lung-piercing climbs of the seven stage event. With the State of Colorado containing 28 of the 50 highest peaks in the United States, it’s no surprise the race is a favorite for the world’s top teams and cyclists.

“Each of our 2015 host cities offers something unique and special to the 5th anniversary of the Pro Challenge,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of USA Pro Challenge. “We’re confident that this year’s route will provide the most exciting week of racing yet. We have added new cities and a dramatic mountaintop finish that will prove to be a fierce battleground for riders eager to show they have what it takes to compete on a new climb up Loveland Pass.”

The Pro Challenge has grown into the largest spectator event in Colorado history with tremendous crowds enjoying the weeklong race action and event festivities. New additions to this year’s race include: Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Pass, Copper Mountain and a lung buster time-trial in Breckenridge, a new twist for a familiar host city of past races. This year the USA Pro Challenge also pays homage to the inaugural race in 2011 with a repeat of that year’s final stage – from Golden to Denver.

The 2015 USA Pro Challenge race is back with a combination of familiar host cities and new communities added into the mix.

Highlights of the route include:

Stage 1 – Steamboat Springs Circuit – Monday, August 17, 2015

After a brief venture onto the rolling roads of Routt County in 2013, the USA Pro Challenge knew it had to make a return to put on a classic circuit race. The quiet roads offer straights, twists, and a few rather steep surprises. Match that with the fan favorite host city of Steamboat Springs, and you have the makings of a great opening stage. This 49-mile circuit will be completed twice by the peloton, creating great spectator opportunities both in Steamboat Springs and for on course locations like the Rt. 27 KOM climb and the town of Oak Creek. Will Steamboat Springs be treated to another classic sprint finish or will the challenges of Routt County create an opportunity for a surprise first yellow jersey of 2015? Either way, the fans of Steamboat Springs will be treated to quite a show.

Stage 2 – Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin – Tuesday, August 18, 2015

As the Pro Challenge says goodbye to its overall start host, Steamboat Springs, it welcomes a new member to the family with the race’s first visit to Arapahoe Basin. Leaving Steamboat Springs there is little time to settle in before the pros have to tackle Rabbit Ears Pass. From there, this familiar route heads south through Kremmling, around the Green Mtn. Reservoir, and continues through Silverthorne and Dillon. Unlike years past, the 2015 Pro Challenge will then turn east and suffer 5 miles up Loveland Pass to Arapahoe Basin. Look for jerseys to change hands, dreams fulfilled for some, expectations dashed for others, on this new mountain top finish.

Stage 3 – Copper Mountain to Aspen – Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Another new twist on an old favorite, but this time it is the opening that changes. Copper Mountain plays host to its first ever Pro Challenge stage and sends off Stage 3 in style, while familiar terrain and fans await the race on Independence Pass and the run into Aspen.

No rest for the weary this day as the climbing starts right away with the ascent of Freemont Pass, followed by the gorgeous shores of Turquoise Lake and then a quick sprint through Leadville. However that is only the appetizer as the main course awaits on the upper slopes of Independence Pass and then it’s down the breathtaking descent into Aspen where some of the most memorable moments in Pro Challenge history have played out.

Oh, and by the way, over half of Stage 3 takes place above 10,000 feet. Bring your lungs.

Stage 4 – Aspen to Breckenridge – Thursday, August 20, 2015

This crowd-pleasing stage from 2013 is back for an encore in 2015 as it connects the Pro Challenge’s two most visited towns; Aspen and Breckenridge. Starting off with 20 miles of climbing up Independence Pass is a rude wake up call, but that is only the beginning. The racers still have the climbs of Trout Creek Pass and Hoosier Pass to conquer, while sprints in Buena Vista and Fairplay dot the route to Breckenridge. Once in town, one final obstacle stands between the riders and victory, the wall up Moonstone road and the drop down Boreas Pass to the finish where the always boisterous crowds of Breckenridge await.

Stage 5 – Breckenridge Time Trial – Friday, August 21, 2015

Completely new for 2015, the Breckenridge Time Trial will test all of a rider’s skills and will produce a truly worthy winner. The 8.5-mile time trial starts out flat for the pure time trialists. However, it’s not long before it’s back onto the climb up Moonstone road, still fresh in the pain file from the day before and a real test of climbing skills. Finally, the race could be won or lost going downhill this day, as racers will push the limits on the Boreas Pass descent to shave seconds off their time. Whoever wins the day will certainly be one who can hammer the flats, dance up the climbs, and carve down the descents.

Stage 6 – Loveland to Ft. Collins – Saturday, August 22, 2015

The start and finish location of Stage 6 may be familiar, but what lies between the two is new and challenging.

The early flats and sprints in Windsor and Loveland hide the wicked side of the route that waits in the second half. It may not have the grand names or the huge elevation numbers, but the lower and smaller climbs of this stage still have a serious sting. Climbing the north side of Carter Lake and then onto the new climb up Rist Canyon should get everyone’s attention. It may also present one of the last chances for overall contenders to make a move. Wrapping up with the jagged rollers of Horsetooth Reservoir before bombing into Ft. Collins, this stage proves that a race doesn’t need to reach 12’000’ to be epic.

Stage 7 – Golden to Denver – Sunday, August 23, 2015

For a finale the Pro Challenge goes back to its roots. This route was the final stage of the first Pro Challenge in 2011 and introduced the world to the cycling crowds on the Front Range.

After a short loop north of Golden the race will tackle its main obstacle of the day, the 4-mile climb of Lookout Mtn. Another quick pass of Golden and the race is screaming through Wheat Ridge and Lakewood en route to downtown Denver. Four laps of the familiar Denver circuit await and Civic Center Park, City Park, and 17th street will be treated to blazing speeds as the last prizes of the week are fought for over tooth and nail.

One of the most highly anticipated events on the race calendar, the 2015 USA Pro Challenge will test the riders’ strength and endurance over a 605 mile course. To give fans the opportunity to see their heroes up close and in action, each stage, with the exception of the individual time trial, will start with at least one circuit lap in the start city before leaving town

Host city information, maps and elevation profiles are available on the race website http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/route

About the USA Pro Challenge

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 17-23, 2015 and an inaugural Women’s USA Pro Challenge will take place from August 21-23, 2015. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top male and female athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2015. Featuring a challenging course, the fifth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.

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