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by Neal Rogers
March 21, 2018
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Organizers of the Colorado Classic have released preliminary details of the first two stages of this year’s event on courses that highlight the legacy of Vail as a centerpiece of professional racing that attracts the biggest names in the sport. It’s a legacy that began with the 1975 Red Zinger Bicycle Classic in 1975 and has continued with events like the Coors Classic and the USA Pro Challenge.
The second annual Colorado Classic will be held August 16-19. The opening stage will be a circuit course through Vail Village, and Stage 2 will put riders on the legendary mountain time trial course between Vail Village and the Vail Pass summit.
Following Stage 2, the Colorado Classic moves to Denver for the final two stages of racing on Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19 with start/finish and criterium at Velorama Festival in the RiNo Art District. Details on Stages 3 and 4 are still being finalized and will be released later this spring.
The paved recreation path from East Vail to the 10,404-foot Vail Pass finish area has been made famous by the likes of three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, five-time Tour winner Bernard Hinault, Colorado’s Davis Phinney, the Coors Classic’s final champion, and Levi Leipheimer en route to his victory in the USA Pro Challenge in 2011.
The Colorado Classic is part of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour, which showcases the premier domestic road events in the United States.