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New pro road stage race planned for Colorado in August

Published January 25, 2017
Organizers announced the event's name and logo on Wednesday.

DENVER (BRAIN) — A Colorado company is looking to replace the short-lived USA Pro Challenge stage race with a new race in the state this year. The Colorado Classic will be held August 10-13 and hold a UCI 2HC ranking, the same as the Pro Challenge, which has not been held since 2015.

The Colorado Classic will include four stages for men, held in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver. It will include two women's stages, in Colorado Springs and Denver.

The race is being produced by RPM Events Group, whose investors include Denver's Gart family (of Gart Sports fame) and Ben Walton, who is the grandson of Walmart founder Sam Walton.

“From the Red Zinger Bicycle Classic, to the Coors Classic and on to the USA Pro Challenge, professional bike racing has become a part of our identity in Colorado. I can’t wait to once again show off this wonderful state to the world during the Colorado Classic,” said Ken Gart in a press release Wednesday. “The Colorado Classic is being developed to appeal not just to cycling fans, but a wide array of Coloradans and visitors to the state.”

The schedule for the 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

More information at coloradoclassic.com.

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