Colorado Classic Bike Race to Feature 12 of Sport's Best Women's Pro Teams
27 Jun, 2017
Colorado Springs to Host Stage One of Only Two Stages of Women's Event
Officials with the Colorado Classic announced that women's stages of pro cycling's return to the Centennial State will feature at least a dozen of the sport's top teams.
"Our goal is to build one of the sport's premier events for pro women and men, and the caliber of these teams puts us well on our way," said David Koff, CEO or RPM Events Group, the organization formed to put on the Colorado Classic.
Sanctioned by USA Cycling, the Colorado Classic will feature some of the sport's top squads. To date, officials have secured 12 women's teams - (*) indicates UCI registered women's team:
* Alp Cycles Women's Racing Team (Colorado based)
* Amy D. Foundation Team (Colorado based)
* Cylance Pro Cycling*
* Fearless Femme Team
* Hagens Berman / Supermint*
* Rally Cycling*
* Sho-Air Twenty20*
* Team Iluminate*
* TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank*
* UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team*
* Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling*
The men's Colorado Classic will be held Aug. 10-13, while the two stages of the women's Colorado Classic will be Thursday, Aug. 10 in Colorado Springs and Friday, Aug. 11 in Breckenridge (separate women's criterium races featuring pro, amateur, and collegiate riders will be held Aug. 11 and 12 in Denver).
"Colorado has a tremendous legacy for hosting world-class women's cycling that dates back to the '80s," said Women's Race Director Sean Petty and UCI Road Commission member. "The strong response we've received from the top U.S. women's teams honors that legacy and we expect great racing from some of the best riders in the world.”
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.
Details on individual riders, men's teams and courses will be provided later this spring.
Aug. 10 - Stage One: Colorado Springs (men and women)
Aug. 11 - Stage Two: Breckenridge (men and women)
Aug. 11 - Denver circuit race (women)
Aug. 12 - Stage Three: Denver, start and finish RiNo Art District (men)
Aug. 13 - Stage Four: Denver, start and finish RiNo Art District (men) and closing festivities
About RPM Events Group: The Colorado Classic and Velorama Colorado are being produced by RPM Events Group, a group of civic-minded investors with a vision of re-imagining cycling events to be financially sustainable, while providing a long-term positive social and economic impact to citizens and communities.
About USA Cycling: Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including BMX, cyclocross, mountain bike, road and track. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 60,000+ members; 2,500+ clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions over 3,000 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit usacycling.org.
About Colorado Springs Sports Corp is a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to establishing a strong regional presence through positive economic development and contribution to the quality of life for citizens in the Pikes Peak Region. The Sports Corp was established in 1978 to assist in the relocation of the United States Olympic Committee from New York City to Colorado Springs and has grown and prospered to become a driving force in the agenda for amateur and Olympic sport. Through event promotion and community development activities, The Sports Corp plays a critical role in bringing city and civic leaders together with some of the nation's premier sporting organizations, including the United States Olympic Committee and national and international sports organizations. For more information on The Sports Corp & the upcoming events season, visit ColoradoSpringsSports.org