Pro Cycling Returns to Breckenridge

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UPDATE: The 2019 Colorado Classic will be a women’s only cycling event. Please see a link below to visit the Colorado Classic site.

Professional cycling returns to Breckenridge Aug. 11, 2017 with the Colorado Classic, the inaugural “Colorado Classic” a brand-new, pro-level cycling race scheduled to debut in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver Aug. 10-13, 2017 . The event will be covered on television by NBCSN and living streaming by NBC Sports Group all 4 days of the event, Aug 10-13.

The new race replaces the now defunct USA Pro Challenge (one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state), which ran through the state from 2011-2015.

The loss of Pro Cycling Challenge was a blow for US cycling and caused heartbreak among the many fans in the bike-loving Centennial state.

A return of a professional race in Colorado gives fans the opportunity to see some of the world’s best cyclists compete against the best American cyclists.  The American cyclists often have to travel to Europe.

The Colorado Classic will operate on a shorter race event than the USA Pro Challenge, down from seven days to four, but organizers say the 300-mile race promises to attract world-class cyclists from around the world.  They also say the new race will offer be more of a party atmosphere after each race day in an effort to attract cycling fans and other tourists.

pro cycling Breckenridge

Exuberant fans along the race route

Unlike the Pro Challenge, cyclists will start and finish in the same city on each day of the Colorado Classic.  The Colorado Classic is being developed to appeal not just to cycling fans, but a wide array of Coloradans and visitors to the state.” 

pro cycling Breckenridge

Fans line the streets while racers stay focused on the task.

Each day of the Colorado Classic is designed to showcase an interactive start/finish area and the daily routes will combine downtown circuits of each city with the beauty of Colorado’s legendary terrain and landmarks. The Denver portions of the race will feature a companion festival, with national music acts, a marketplace and much more. Details on those plans will be released in the coming weeks.

The world’s top athletes will climb and descend picturesque roads in the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure.

“Breckenridge knows how to throw a bike-themed party and we’re excited to welcome the return of professional cycling with the inaugural Colorado Classic.”  See the schedule outline below and stay tuned as more details are announced for the 2017 event.

The schedule for the four-day stage race:
Aug. 10 — Stage One: Colorado Springs (men and women)
Aug. 11 — Stage Two: Breckenridge (men)
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

SILVERTHORNE, CO - AUGUST 18: The peloton makes it's way down Ute Pass Road heading towards Silverthorne in Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge Steamboat Springs, Colorado on August 18, 2015. The race started in Steamboat Springs and ended at Arapahoe Basin. Brent Bookwalter, USA, of BMC Racing team won the stage and took the yellow jersey from his teammate and Boulderite Taylor Phinney. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

SILVERTHORNE, CO – Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge Steamboat Springs, Colorado on August 18, 2015.  (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)

“Coloradans love pro bike racing,” said Derek Bouchard-Hall, President & CEO of USA Cycling, “and we’re extremely pleased that the Colorado Classic will continue the state’s proud tradition with both men’s and women’s events.”

Experience the atmosphere of professional cycling as racers head to Breck to finish of Stage 2 of America’s biggest cycling event on August 20 and then start Stage 3 on August 21. With start and finish events this year, Breck is the best place to be based out of to catch all the action and Book Breck can accommodate your lodging needs.  

References:

http://www.denverpost.com/2017/01/25/colorado-classic-2017-cycling-race/

http://www.gobreck.com/events/colorado-classic-bike-race

http://www.9news.com/news/local/professional-bike-race-colorado-classic-returns-to-state-in-august/392543949

http://www.summitdaily.com/news/sports/new-colorado-classic-road-cycling-race-rolls-through-breck-aug-11/

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