Our little Jeffco bike race is growing up so fast!
Just this past month we were featured in the summer issue of Dirt Rag Mountain Bike Magazine. The article highlights some great photos of the first-ever Golden Giddyup in September of 2016, but also delves into the event’s origin story: a scrappy band of neighborhood mountain bikers taking on the seemingly-impossible challenge of holding a mountain bike even in Jeffco Parks Open Space, and the natural disaster that opened up a window of opportunity for them to make it happen.
The article isn’t online, but you can check it out by picking up your copy of Dirt Rag wherever reputable magazines are sold.
Pro cyclists in the inaugural Colorado Classic men’s race will cover 313 miles (503.5 km) and endure more than 20,000 feet of intense, high-altitude climbing in four stages that showcase the state’s incredible terrain and enhance viewing and entertainment options for fans, race organizers announced today.
The Colorado Classic race routes will test the field and create new and unique experiences for spectators over the race’s four-day run, August 10-13. Courses start and finish from the same location — as opposed to point-to-point races — and stages 1, 2 and 4 are “circuits” featuring multiple laps on challenging courses. As such, the Colorado Classic promises repeated opportunities for fans to see the riders up close over the course of the event.
“Each course will give fans numerous opportunities in a single day to see the sport’s top riders,” said David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group, the organization formed to put on the race. “And the start-finish areas are being built to be magnets of activity before, during, and after each race. Our goal is to have you come out for one experience, and to stick around for many, many more.”
The Colorado Classic is sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and designated as a 2.HC race, which is the highest category outside of World Tour races.
Stage one will cover a total of 93.5 miles (150.4 km) as riders push the pace for six laps on a 15.58-mile (25.1 km) course in the shadow of Pikes Peak, running between downtown Colorado Springs and the sandstone formations of the city’s iconic Garden of the Gods. Links: Stage 1 Map | Stage 1 Elevation Profile
Stage two will be a test of endurance and willpower over 64 miles (103 km) in the scenic mining town of Breckenridge. During 10 laps on the 6.4-mile (10.3 km) course, riders will face more than 7,000 feet of climbing, including multiple, leg-crushing runs up the notorious Moonstone climb — and the subsequent thrilling descents down Illinois Gulch. Links: Stage 2 Map | Stage 2 Elevation Profile
The action moves to Denver for the stages 3 and 4 of the men’s race, as the Colorado Classic anchors the first-ever Velorama Festival: a 3-day bike, music, and craft festival in the city’s RiNo Art District. From August 11-13, Velorama will feature musical acts; some of the world’s best cyclists competing in the final two stages of the Colorado Classic; and hundreds of vendors in a festival marketplace that includes a Bike and Lifestyle Expo and is anchored by the Denver Flea and the independent craft makers of beer, cider and wine in the Drink RiNo group.
Stage three will be contested on an 81-mile (130 km) out-and-back course that runs from the RiNo race hub to the mountains west of Denver on the Peak to Peak Highway, and then returns to the Mile High City through scenic Golden Gate Canyon State Park and via what is expected to be a finishing sprint through the streets of Denver, with speeds approaching 60 mph. Among the day’s highlights will be race action on Gap Road in the foothills west of Denver. On that stretch, riders will face the toughest part of the course, or King of the Mountain (KOM) section, and dirt roads with steep, rolling hills. Links: Stage 3 Map | Stage 3 Elevation Profile
Stage four will once again highlight the start-and-finish area within the Velorama Festival grounds and send riders on a 7.5-mile (12km) city circuit that stretches from RiNo to City Park and back. Riders will do 10 laps in the final stage, for a total of 74.6 miles (120.1 km) on what is expected to be a thrilling, intense, and colorful final day of racing. Links: Stage 4 Map | Stage 4 Elevation Profile
The four-day race will be televised on NBCSN and live streamed on NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s live streaming direct-to-consumer subscription app. Paul Sherwen will call the action, joined by analyst Christian Vande Velde and reporter Bob Roll.
The two stages of the women’s Colorado Classic will be conducted on similar courses to stages 1 & 2 of the men’s course.
Stage one of the women’s race will cover 38.36 miles (61.7 km) over multiple laps in Colorado Springs, and will send a field of the best women cyclists through the Garden of the Gods. Links: Stage 1 Women’s Map | Stage 1 Women’s Elevation Profile
The second and final stage will cover 32 miles (51.5 km) over five laps on the Breckenridge course, with riders conquering Moonstone hill over and over again. Links: Stage 2 Women’s Map | Stage 2 Women’s Elevation Profile
The Denver start-finish area is within the ticketed Velorama Festival grounds and will provide incredible vantage points for catching the race action. Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie, Old 97’s and the Jayhawks will headline three rockin’ days of music with tickets, which also provide access to the race start-finish line and the festival marketplace, available online at VeloramaColorado.com.
No admission is being charged to the start-finish areas in Colorado Springs and Breckenridge, and cycling fans will find countless areas to cheer on racers for free from alongside the courses in all four stages. For additional information, visit: ColoradoClassic.com
Men’s stages planned Aug. 10-13 in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver
DENVER — The return of men’s pro cycling to Colorado will feature more than 14 of the sport’s top international and domestic pro teams, officials with the Colorado Classic announced today.
Additional squads will be added in coming weeks to bring the field to between 16 and 18 teams, organizers said.
“‘We are excited to have such a competitive field — including four World Tour teams — for the inaugural Colorado Classic,” said David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group, the organization formed to put on the race. “With increased demands on teams dictated by a crowded international calendar, we are extremely grateful to the committed teams. The quality of the field once again validates Colorado as a world-class cycling destination.”
The August 10-13 Colorado Classic will feature some of the sport’s top squads. To date, invitations have been accepted by:
UCI World Teams
BMC Racing Team USA
Cannondale Drapac Professional Cycling Team USA
UAE Team Emirates UAE
UCI Professional Continental Teams
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA ESP
Israel Cycling Academy ISR
Nippo-Vini Fantini ITA
Team Novo Nordisk USA
UnitedHealthcare Professional Cycling Team USA
UCI Continental Teams
Axeon Hagens Berman USA
Elevate – KHS USA
Holowesko/Citadel Racing p/b Hincapie Sportswear USA
Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis USA
Rally Cycling USA
The Colorado Classic is sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and designated as a 2.HC race, which is the highest category outside of World Tour races.
The Colorado Classic is also part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, which showcases the premier domestic road events in the United States.
The men’s race will cover roughly 300 miles over 4 stages:
Stage 1: Colorado Springs (Thursday, August 10)
Stage 2: Breckenridge (Friday, August 11)
Stage 3: Denver / Peak to Peak Hwy out-and-back: (Saturday, August 12)
Stage 4: Denver city circuit (Sunday, August 13)
“Drawing a high-caliber field to Colorado is helped by the state’s deep history with bike racing, the quality of courses and the passion of cycling fans,” said Race Director Jim Birrell. “The Colorado Classic is building on that to create a race that will be memorable for spectators and teams alike.”
Women’s stages of the Colorado Classic will be held Aug. 10-11 in Colorado Springs and Breckenridge, respectively. Teams for that event were announcedlast month. (Separate women’s criterium races featuring pro, amateur and collegiate riders will be held Aug. 11 and 12 in Denver).
The race will be televised on NBCSN and live streamed on NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s live streaming direct-to-consumer subscription app. Paul Sherwen will call the action on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold, joined by analyst Christian Vande Velde and reporter Bob Roll.
Details on course routes, additional teams and men’s and women’s riders will be provided later this spring.
For additional information, visit: www.ColoradoClassic.com
Officials with the Colorado Classic announced today that women’s stages of pro cycling’s return to the Centennial State will feature at least a dozen of the sport’s top teams.
“Our goal is to build one of the sport’s premier events for pro women and men, and the caliber of these teams puts us well on our way,” said David Koff, CEO or RPM Events Group, the organization formed to put on the Colorado Classic.
Sanctioned by USA Cycling, the Colorado Classic will feature some of the sport’s top squads. To date, officials have secured 12 women’s teams — (*) indicates UCI registered women’s team:
The men’s Colorado Classic will be held Aug. 10-13, while the two stages of the women’s Colorado Classic will be Thursday, Aug. 10 in Colorado Springs and Friday, Aug. 11 in Breckenridge (separate women’s criterium races featuring pro, amateur, and collegiate riders will be held Aug. 11 and 12 in Denver).
“Colorado has a tremendous legacy for hosting world-class women’s cycling that dates back to the ‘80s,” said Women’s Race Director Sean Petty and UCI Road Commission member. “The strong response we’ve received from the top U.S. women’s teams honors that legacy and we expect great racing from some of the best riders in the world.”
The men’s and women’s stages of the Colorado Classic are part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour, which showcases the premier domestic road events in the United States.
Details on individual riders, men’s teams and courses will be provided later this spring.
It’s just about time to register for the first second-ever Golden Giddyup, featuring closed trails with dreamy, clean runs. After you crush it in your own special way, kick back with a beer, whiskey and a hay bale at the best post-ride party around. Trails, riders and the community – all winners.
And now it’s time to do it again. The 2017 Golden Giddyup will be held on September 10th and registration for this fine event opens at High Noon on Wednesday, March 15th. Same awesome courses to choose from, same post-race party mayhem, and featuring the loving support of REI, Yeti Cycles and Laws Whiskey.
If you registered last year (or even if you didn’t), remember that the Golden Giddyup is under the umbrella of the Jeffco Outdoors Foundation, a 501(c)3, which means your entry fee is tax deductible. Yes, you heard that right: not only are you supporting the trails in Jefferson County and participating in an awesome race, but it’s going to take just a little bit of the sting out of tax-time, too.
The RiNo Art District will serve as the stage this August for “Velorama Colorado,” an entertainment experience that will be part bike race and celebration of bicycle culture, part music festival, part craft-goods marketplace, and entirely entertaining, RPM Events Group announced today.
Hall-of-famer Bill Walton at the Velorama Colorado announcement Wednesday March 1, 2017. (Evan Semón Photography)
“With Velorama Colorado, we are re-imagining bike racing as the centerpiece of a large-scale community event,” said David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group. “By locating the festival in the RiNo Art District and adding the right musical acts, a massive marketplace, criterium racing, ranging from the serious to the whimsical to the charitable, and local food and drink, we will broaden the appeal of an already wildly popular sport.”From Aug. 11-13, Velorama Colorado will feature some of the world’s bests cyclists racing in the Denver stages of the Colorado Classic; national music acts including Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie; and hundreds of vendors in a festival marketplace that includes a Bike Expo and is anchored by Denver Flea and the independent craft makers of beer, cider and wine in the RiNo Art District.
The innovative blend of bicycling, music and all-things-Colorado immediately attracted the attention of basketball Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton, an avid cyclist and music lover. “Denver and Colorado are innovators, whether it’s celebrating what makes this place special, launching a new technology or re-inventing a bike race. I expect nothing but the same from Velorama Colorado,” said Walton, who flew in for the announcement.
“Coloradans’ love of cycling is matched — and maybe even exceeded — by their passion for great food, beer and music,” said Gov. John Hickenlooper. “Velorama Colorado is the kind of creative approach that Colorado is known for in that it creates a winning combination of those passions that will benefit our state and communities for years to come.”
The Colorado Classic will be held Aug. 10-13, with starts and finishes in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver. Sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale and USA Cycling, the Colorado Classic will feature the sport’s top squads.
Free live music and other festivities are planned for the exciting men’s and women’s start-and-finish areas in Colorado Springs and Breckenridge on Aug. 10 and Aug. 11, respectively.
The ticketed Velorama Colorado festival is planned around the race’s Denver start-and-finish area, and will be headquartered in the RiNo Art District:
- Friday night, Aug. 11: Women’s criterium; music headliner Wilco; and festival marketplace.
- Saturday, Aug.12: Stage 3 men’s race (RiNo start/finish and Peak to Peak Hwy out-and-back); music headliner Death Cab for Cutie; and festival marketplace.
- Sunday Aug. 13: Stage 4 of men’s race (RiNo criterium and city circuit) and closing ceremonies; Family Music and Fun Day; and festival marketplace.
The marketplace includes a Bike Expo of nearly 150 exhibitors, festival merchandise; food from local merchants; areas for beer, wine and cider provided by the independent craft producers located in RiNo; and an expanded version of the Denver Flea with nearly 200 craft vendors.
“Teaming up with Velorama Colorado is a special opportunity for Denver Flea. Our missions couldn’t be more aligned, as both of us are committed to enlivening places and building community while having fun doing it,” said Denver Flea’s Blake Adams. “I’m excited to combine a major bike race and amazing musicians with the region’s finest artisan and emerging brands.”
A limited number of early-bird daily Velorama Colorado tickets go on sale at www.VeloramaColorado.com for $25 each beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 3. Once those tickets are gone, advanced daily tickets will be offered online for $35 each. Walk-up prices will be $45 per day. VIP packages are also available.
“Whether it’s a general admission ticket or a VIP experience, a day at Velorama will be a great experience at a great price,” said Koff. “For less than the price of a concert ticket, you get a full day of music, food, beer, crafts and bike-centric fun — plus great views of the Colorado Classic.”
Moreover, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Bicycle Colorado, the RiNo Art District and other initiatives as part of RPM Event Group’s mission to invest back in the community.
Velorama Colorado is bringing a new financial approach to pro bike racing in the United States.
“One of the challenges has been creating a business plan that is profitable and sustainable over the long run,” said Koff. “By imagining an event that is more than a bike race and bringing a ‘gate’ to the sport, we are confident that we can build an annual event that is anchored in Colorado and gives back to the community in meaningful ways.”
That approach was highlighted by Lindsey Hendershot, with the RiNo Art District: “This is the first major event of this scale to be held in RiNo. We love the mission to reinvent bike racing by bringing in additional creative partners from the neighborhood and to give back to the community,” she said.
About RPM Events Group: The Colorado Classic and Velorama Colorado are being produced by RPM Events Group, which includes civic-minded investors with a vision of re-inventing cycling events that are sustainable and fun, while providing a long-term positive social and economic impact to citizens and communities.