One of pro cycling’s newest and most anticipated races kicked off in Vail on Thursday. The four-stage peddle party takes place in both Vail and Denver over August 16-19.
Here’s the race description from the Colorado Classic website:
The second annual Colorado Classic (August 16-19, 2018) is a four-stage men and women’s pro bicycle road race in Vail and Denver. The men’s race is sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and designated as a 2.HC race, the highest category outside of World Tour races. Both the men’s and women’s races are part of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour, which showcases the premier domestic road events in the United States.
The fact that the race is a UCI-sanctioned 2.HC race makes it hugely important in the pro cycling community as one of the final events of the pro road cycling season. Accordingly, this year’s race is being live-streamed by the site Velonews.com. The Friday stage is a time trial up Vail Pass, so be sure to tune in for stunning vistas and shocking displays of lung capacity.