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by Shane Stokes

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Colorado Classic expands women’s pro race from two stages to four

by CyclingTips

The Colorado Classic today announced that its 2018 women’s race will expand from two to four stages, with routes similar to the men’s race, as organizers continue their efforts to advance women’s cycling. The second annual Colorado Classic will be held August 16-19, in Vail and Denver.

RPM Events Group, organizers of the race, said in a press release that they are “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.”

Like the men’s race, the women’s race will be four stages, beginning in Vail on August 16 with a circuit through Vail Village and adjoining neighborhoods, followed on August 17 by a time trial up Vail Pass. When the Classic moves to Denver on August 18, the women will race a criterium, followed by a circuit race on Sunday through the RiNo Art District and downtown Denver, the same as the men’s race.

In addition, all four days of the women’s race will be included in the event’s mobile app, with live data, team and rider information. The race will expand its video coverage for the women’s race, enabling fans all over the world to tune in for recaps of the action via streaming and the app. The women’s closing-day award ceremony, as well as individual stage award ceremonies, will be on the same stage as the men’s, showcasing the female athletes throughout the event. And there will be related amateur and citizen cycling events that help promote women’s cycling.

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