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by Mark Zalewski
January 26, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Boonen wins with disc in San Juan; Name, dates, and host cities announced for inaugural Colorado Classic UCI stage race; Atapuma crashes hard in San Juan, loses consciousness; Van Aert camp responds to Twitter posts by Pauwels, van der Poel; Stephen Hyde calls for new US pro CX series; Possible British cyclocross World Cup event in the works; New Irish pro track team forming; CyclingTips podcast, Episode 23: Watts up with mechanical friction and chain lube?; London cyclists most affected by current high air pollution levels; Research study on ‘race weight’ seeking participants; Vuelta a San Juan, stage 2 – highlights; Documentary: Length of Sweden.
The new UCI stage race to be held in Colorado this summer has revealed its name, logo, dates, and host cities. The UCI 2.HC Colorado Classic will be held August 10-13, with four days of men’s racing and two days of women’s racing. The race will start in Colorado Springs, head into the mountains for a stage in Breckenridge, and return to the foothills for two stages starting and finishing in Denver.
The event fills the void left behind when the USA Pro Challenge folded last year, utilizing the same spot on the calendar, as well as host cities visited by the Colorado stage race that ran from 2011 through 2015.
The event is being organized by RPM Events Group, a group of self-described “philanthropic community investors” with a vision of “re-inventing cycling events that are sustainable and fun, while providing a long-term positive social and economic impact to citizens and communities.”
Asked about funding behind the event, Colorado Classic CEO David Koff told CyclingTips that RMP Events had “assembled a group of community leaders — a group of philanthropic and innovative investors all located in Denver — that understood the risks of the cycling events world and wanted to invest in it.”
“We want to create a sustainable platform and become an engine for economic development for the state and host cities,” Koff said, “and to encourage health and wellness initiatives around the race.”
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