“It’s the start of the beginning…”
August 22-25th, 2019 will see the Colorado Classic presented by VF Corporation return to the roads of Colorado. This year is for the women.
“As a major sponsor instrumental in bringing pro racing back to Colorado, we are proud to support the Colorado Classic’s bold move in becoming a women’s race,” said Colorado Governor-Elect Jared Polis. “It’s a perfect match, as the Colorado Classic reflects what our state is known for – innovation and inclusion – while showcasing Colorado’s diverse outdoor health and wellness lifestyle.”
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.
Schedule and where to watch
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.
Thursday, Aug 22 Stage 1 – Steamboat Springs presented by Smartwool
Friday, Aug 23 Stage 2 – Avon presented by FirstBank
Saturday, Aug 24 Stage 3 – Golden
Sunday, Aug 25 Stage 4 – Denver presented by Gates Corporation
Full course routes in each community will be released in late June, including key details for riders and spectators about start/finish locations, mileage, circuit laps, elevation changes, sprints and Queen of the Mountain (QOM) climbs.
“We are excited to announce our four host venues for the 2019 race,” said Lucy Diaz, COO of RPM Events Group, organizer of the Colorado Classic. “These partnerships are paramount in the success of the event to engage the local communities around the racing action and the broader women’s empowerment initiatives. Together with local organizers we will create an engaging and exciting experience while showcasing the local flavors of each community. Attendees can expect to see a dynamic vendor expo, rowdy cheer zones and exciting ancillary events.”
Click here to see the Colorado Classic teams
Click here to download the Tour Tracker
Click here to learn how to watch live
Get Your Kids Involved!
Athlete Escorts – Just prior to the start of the race, a young fan will have the opportunity to walk through autograph alley alongside a pro rider and up onto the stage as the rider is announced to the crowd!
Adopt a Team – Rally together and show your support! We will align each pro team with a local group and provide opportunities for meet and greets, cheer signs and rally cries. Both international and domestic teams will be participating in the race.
Podium Kids – We are revolutionizing how cycling awards the podium winners at the completion of each stage. Instead of using fashion models, we are looking to include young fans involved in local cycling and community programs. Handing the yellow jersey to a professional female cyclist on the podium will be an experience to remember!
Interested in these programs for your children? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get your kids or your group of kids all set up!
Click here to learn more and sign up!
Pledge to support women in bicycling
Take the pledge to show your support for women racers and pledge for equality in cycling. There is a gross disparity in women’s pro cycling. Less pay. Less TV exposure. Less opportunity. We believe closing the gender gap for women’s sports must be done.
Show your support! You can help bring equality to women’s pro cycling — and all women’s sports — by signing the pledge. Together #WeRide. Click here to take the pledge.
Bicycling Magazine named the Colorado Classic one of 13 races in the world not to be missed this year. Don’t miss it!