Colorado’s new professional cycling race attracts 14 top pro teams


Colorado’s professional cycling race, which was shortened to four days and combined with a gated music and market festival, has attracted more than a dozen top international and domestic pro teams, organizers said today.

The re-invented professional cycling race, the Colorado Classic, has a field of 14 international and domestic pro teams including four World Tour teams to race in its four-day event in August.

The Colorado Classic will debut this summer as the new version of the state’s professional cycling race and replaces the USA Pro Challenge, which was a hugely popular seven-day race across the state, but lost money each of the five years of its existence. The race folded last year.

Colorado Classic is a four-day event with point-to-point racing, instead of the more than 600-mile stage race across that the Pro Challenge used.

And organizers have combined the race with a gated music and market festival, which will feature top bands and 200 vendors in the River North neighborhood. The race is Aug. 10-13 and will be in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver.

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