2019 COLORADO CLASSIC OVERVIEW
The Colorado Classic® presented by VF Corporation (Aug 22-25, 2019) is the only women’s standalone pro road race in the Western hemisphere. Nearly 100 of the world’s best racers from 16 teams will compete in the four-stage race over challenging iconic Colorado mountain and urban terrain, starting in Steamboat Springs, moving to Avon, then Golden and finishing in Denver. The race has earned the prestigious 2.1 classification by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and is on USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour.
More than a race, the Colorado Classic is a movement empowering women of all ages and abilities to transform their lives and the world through sports. The race is advancing women’s pro cycling with harder, longer routes; unprecedented financial support; and daily live TV streaming coverage that puts women’s racing on a global stage.
The race will be surrounded with a Health and Lifestyle Expo, Speaker Series and citizen rides. Bicycling Magazine named the Colorado Classic one of 13 races in the world not to be missed this year.
STAGE 1 - AUGUST 22 - STEAMBOAT SPRINGS presented by Smartwool
Located in northwest Colorado and known since 1947 as Ski Town USA, Steamboat Springs (elevation 6,695 feet) will kick off the pro cycling race in classic Colorado style with a route set against the rugged Park Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Stage 1 will be sponsored by Smartwool®, a leading brand within the VF Corporation family.
STAGE 2 - AUGUST 23 - AVON presented by FirstBank
Nestled in the Eagle River Valley at the base of Beaver Creek Resort and eight miles west of Vail, Avon (elevation 7,431 feet) will host Stage 2 of the race. Avon is known as the heart of the valley and is a popular gateway for all-season Colorado adventures. Stage 2 will be sponsored by FirstBank.
STAGE 3 - AUGUST 24 - GOLDEN
The former Gold Rush town located in the foothills close to Denver, Golden (elevation 5,675 feet) will host the third stage of the race. A popular spot for outdoor recreation, Golden is also the charming and historic home to iconic Colorado landmarks including Colorado School of Mines, Lookout Mountain and the largest single-site brewery in the world, Coors.
STAGE 4 - AUGUST 25 - DENVER presented by Gates Corporation
The Mile High City will host a sensational stage 4 finish for the Colorado Classic for the third time. Fans in Denver (elevation 5,280 feet), will have multiple chances to cheer for riders as they streak through downtown along iconic spots such as LoDo, 17th Street, City Park and Coors Field. Spectators can celebrate the race before, during and after at special events and at a dynamic expo with food, culture, exhibitors and family-focused programs. Stage 4 will be sponsored by Gates Corporation.