Colorado Classic bringing cycling excitement and road closures

Posted 8/13/18

The Colorado Classic is a four-stage men and women’s pro bicycle road race now in its second year. Stages 1 and 2 take place Aug. 16 and 17 in Vail, and Stages 3 and 4 take place Aug. 18 and 19 in …

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Colorado Classic bringing cycling excitement and road closures

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The Colorado Classic is a four-stage men and women’s pro bicycle road race now in its second year. Stages 1 and 2 take place Aug. 16 and 17 in Vail, and Stages 3 and 4 take place Aug. 18 and 19 in the Denver metro area

The pro cyclists will race through areas of Golden and Wheat Ridge for Stage 3, which includes a Lookout Mountain climb and a sprint from Wheat Ridge High School to the Velorama Festival in the RiNo Art District of Denver.

Details of the road closures and details are available at ​www.cotrip.org/home.htm.

For more information, and detailed maps of the race routes and road closures check out www.coloradoclassic.com

Here are the particulars on the routes and road closures:

Aug. 18: Stage 3

Racers make their way to Denver’s RiNo Art District, Aug. 18, for a stage that starts and finishes at Velorama. The men launch at 10:30 a.m. for the 100-mile (161.9k) Queen’s Stage that includes 8,133 feet of climbing. The route takes racers west past Coors Field on 29th and 32nd avenues to Golden, over Lookout Mountain for a King of the Mountains points checkpoint, through iconic Red Rocks Park and on to Evergreen, where they hit the highpoint King of the Mountains checkpoint at Cragmont Drive, and a final climbers checkpoint through Indian Hills before making their way over Dinosaur Ridge for a furious sprint from Wheat Ridge High School to the finish at Velorama. Starting at 12:30 p.m., the women race an exciting timed criterium (50 minutes plus five laps) around the activity-filled Velorama Festival.

Aug. 19: Stage 4

The Mile High City will be on display for the final day, Stage 4, as cyclists lap a 9.1-mile (14.6k) circuit course from the Velorama Festival in RiNo to City Park via 17th Ave. The women begin at 10 a.m. for a four-lap circuit totaling 34.8 miles (55.2k), followed by the men’s eight-lap finale totaling 71.2 miles (114.8k) at 12:15 p.m.

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