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The Colorado Classic, one of the last major international road races held in the United States, has been canceled for 2020.
In its place, the race announced a virtual ride that will help raise funds for the teams and riders who would have been at the start line on August 27, when the four-day race was scheduled to kick off. The event will be held on Zwift on July 29th.
The ride will be led by Olympic silver medalist Mari Holden and will include many of the pro’s who would have lined up for the race.
“This campaign is intended to financially support the teams who would have attended the Colorado Classic, many of whom rely on competition and prize money to support their livelihoods,” the race wrote on Twitter. “By supporting these athletes, we are supporting generations of cyclists to come.”
The Colorado Classic had hoped to run this year, but rising COVID-19 cases across the United States, including in Colorado, made that untenable.
“We had great confidence in the COVID-19 mitigation plan we had developed for the race, and we were well on our way to becoming the first professional women’s bike race to be held in the U.S. since the onset of the COVID pandemic,” said Lucy Diaz, CEO of RPM Events Group LLC, which runs the race.
The Colorado Classic began in 2017 as a race for pro men and women, but shifted to focus entirely on the women’s peloton in 2019. It was won by Chloe Dygert last year.