Colorado Classic (cycling)

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Colorado Classic
Race details
DateAugust
RegionColorado
DisciplineRoad
CompetitionUCI America Tour (2017–2018)
History
First edition2017 (2017)
Editions2 (as of 2018)
First winner Manuel Senni (ITA) (men)
 Sara Poidevin (CAN) (women)
Most recent Gavin Mannion (USA) (men)
 Katie Hall (USA) (women)

The Colorado Classic is a four-stage cycling race that was first held in 2017.[1] First organized with both men's and women's races, the men's race was discontinued after the 2018 edition; the Classic will continue as a women-only event.[2] The men's version of the race was designated as 2.HC and was part of the UCI America Tour.[3][4] In 2017, the race was 313 miles (504 km) long and was held in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver.[5] In 2018, the first two stages were in Vail (August 16–17) and the last two were in Denver (August 18–19).[6] The Denver stages were accompanied by a music and cycling fan fest extravaganza called Velorama.[7]

In December 2018, the organizers announced that the Classic would become a women-only race from 2019 forward. As part of the change, the women's purse was increased from $20,000 in 2018 to $75,000 for 2019—which was $5,000 more than the purse for the final men's Classic in 2018. While not yet part of the UCI Women's World Tour, the Classic became the only standalone women's stage race in the Western Hemisphere included in the official UCI calendar; the 2019 edition will be part of USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour.[2]

Winners - Men[edit]

Rider Team
2017 Italy Manuel Senni (ITA) BMC Racing Team
2018 United States Gavin Mannion (USA) UnitedHealthcare

Winners - Women[edit]

Rider Team
2017 Canada Sara Poidevin (CAN) Rally Cycling
2018 United States Katie Hall (USA) UnitedHealthcare

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lance Armstrong returns to pro cycling at Colorado Classic, this time with a mic, not a bike". 2 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Meyer, John (December 12, 2018). "Colorado Classic is now a women-only pro cycling race". The Know Outdoors. The Denver Post. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Colorado Classic will bring international, national and local cyclists to the RiNo Art District to celebrate cycling - Denverite". 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Colorado Classic UCI stage race announced as part of 'Velorama' - Cyclingnews.com".
  5. ^ "Colorado Classic announces route for 2017 cycling race".
  6. ^ "Colorado Classic reboots with a time-trial climb up the 10,662-foot Vail Pass". The Denver Post. 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  7. ^ "Velorama Colorado | Music Festival & Bike Race | August 11-13, 2017". www.veloramacolorado.com. Retrieved 2017-12-23.

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