GREENEST BIKE RACE IN NORTH AMERICA
The Colorado Classic presented by VF Corporation is committed to becoming the greenest pro cycling race in North America with more than a dozen initiatives supporting sustainability, energy efficiency, water conservation, resource management and sustainable transportation.
The race has been awarded “Certifiably Green” status by the City of Denver – no other bike race in the state of Colorado has this designation. Moreover, this is the largest event in Colorado to receive this certification.
The race will apply the principles of Certifiably Green Denver to its operations in its host cities, which will be announced later this spring.
The race will also abide by and encourage its fans and attendees to follow the Colorado Tourism Office’s “Care for Colorado” principles for “Leaving No Trace” while visiting or enjoying our state.
CERTIFIABLY GREEN DENVER
The race earned its CERTIFIABLY GREEN DENVER designation through numerous initiatives which include purchasing carbon offsets for ground transportation; eliminating the sale of bottled water and providing free water fill stations at our main Denver expo; eliminating or reducing printed material, and when necessary, using 100% recycled products; onsite recycling with mandatory vendor compliance; landfill waste diversion with a goal of at least 60 percent diversion; an anti-idling requirement for on-site vehicles; donation of unused food and beverage to a women’s shelter; and promotion of bicycling to the event with safe routes and free bike-rack parking.
LEAVE NO TRACE – CARE FOR COLORADO
The Colorado Classic will bring spectators from Colorado, the USA and around the world to watch pro women cyclists race through iconic mountain and urban terrain. Many of these spectators will also plan to stay before and after the race to further enjoy Colorado’s natural assets – from biking to hiking to camping and rafting and more.
We are proud to partner with the Colorado Tourism Office’s LEAVE NO TRACE – CARE FOR COLORADO initiative which provides seven principles for keeping Colorado the way we found it. As a race, we are pledging to follow these Care for Colorado principles and encourage our spectators and visitors to do the same, whether while watching the race en route or exploring Colorado.
1. Know Before You Go, 2. Stick to the Trails, 3. Trash the Trash, 4. Leave It As You Find It, 5. Be Careful with Fire, 6. Keep Wildlife Wild, 7. Share Our Trails and Parks
REGIONAL AIR QUALITY COUNCIL
The race is proud to partner with the Regional Air Quality Council's (RAQC) Simple Steps. Better Air. program, which encourages residents in the Denver Metro area to reduce car trips for better air. “The Colorado Classic shares our mission to improve air quality, which is an issue for the Denver metro area,” said Mike Silverstein, executive director of the RAQC. “We are encouraging spectators and their families to leave their cars at home and bike or take public transit to Colorado Classic events. It's a simple step to improving the air we all breathe.”
INSPIRING A GREENER FUTURE WITH TIMBERLAND
Colorado Classic is honored to partner with Timberland and their work to inspire a movement for a greener future. Their Nature Needs Heroes campaign calls on those who aren’t afraid to pull their boots on, get their hands dirty and dig in. Those who won’t take “no” for an answer. Those who care about the world we live in and know that a greener future is a better future. In aiding the race’s efforts to run an environmentally-conscious event, Timberland is proudly supporting the race’s Zero Waste Stations and the Green Team members who will be assisting across all locations to ensure that all race goers are doing their part to reduce our overall footprint.
In Timberland’s words - We can all be heroes. Every last one of us. Nature needs heroes.
REMOVING COMPOST BY BICYCLE
The race is proud of its green partnership with Scraps – a woman-owned and pedal-powered compost pickup service based in Denver. Scraps will pick up all compostable trash – by bicycle -- from our sites and expo in Denver, and will assist or consult with our other host locations on doing the same. This is part of our commitment to divert at least 60 percent of our waste from landfills to composts and recycling.
For its carbon offset program, the race is working with the Colorado Carbon Fund to remove an equivalent amount of emissions created by all of the vehicles needed to support the race -- from repair vans to pace cars.