Training Peaks Classic Analysis
How did the Colorado Classic stack up against predictions? Check out the Training Peaks pre and post race analysis on each stage by watching the videos below!
The Colorado Classics kicked off at the Mountain Plaza in picturesque Vail Village (8,150 feet above sea level). The course is 8.8 miles (14.2 kilometers) and will remind fans of the tight, twisty roads typically found in European races. The riders raced eight laps for a total of 64.1 miles (103.2k) and 4,390 feet of climbing. The technically challenging route goes east along Frontage Road, up a dirt climb on Mill Creek Road to a King and Queen of the Mountain, out to West Vail and back.
Day two featured a return to the storied Vail Pass time-trial course, site of historic rides to the summit by the likes of Tejay van Garderen (USA Pro Challenge, 2014); Levi Leipheimer (USA Pro Challenge, 2011), and Bernard Hinault (Coors Classic, 1986). The 9.87-mile (15.88k) stage climbs 1,574 feet from the start at Mountain Plaza to a mountain finish near the top of Vail Pass.
Racers made their way to Denver’s RiNo Art District, Aug. 18, for a stage that started and finished in Velorama. The men launched 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 KOM, through iconic Red Rocks Park and on to Evergreen, where they hit the highpoint KOM at Cragmont Drive, and a final KOM through Indian Hills before making their way over Dinosaur Ridge for a furious sprint from Wheat Ridge High School to the finish at Velorama.