Two years after the last USA Pro Challenge brought top cyclists to the Rocky Mountains, organizers announced plans for the Colorado Classic to return pro riders to the region.
RPM Events Group announced the four-stage men’s event will be contested August 10-13, rolling through Denver, Colorado Springs and Breckenridge with a women’s event August 10-11.
“I can’t wait to once again show off this wonderful state to the world during the Colorado Classic,” said Ken Gart, Chairman of RPM Events Group.
The four-day race will feature 18 domestic and international, six-man teams racing 300 miles in circuits that start and finish in the same location. The women’s race will begin in Colorado Springs on Aug. 10 and conclude the following night under lights in Denver. The men on Aug. 11 will race a second stage in Breckenridge and the third-and-fourth stages will begin and end in Denver’s River North Art District.
Like the Pro Challenge, the Colorado Classic has been designated by the UCI as 2.HC, the highest rating outside of UCI World Tour races. The Colorado Classic joins the May 14-21 Amgen Tour of California, the July 31-Aug. 6 Tour of Utah and the inaugural Aug. 24-27 Tour of the Commonwealth in Virginia as the country’s highest profile professional cycling races.