RPM Events Group announced today that professional bicycle racing will return to the Centennial State as the inaugural Colorado Classic rolls through Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver for four exciting and entertaining days this summer.
From Aug. 10-13, a world-class and international field of professional, men cyclists will race more than 300 miles in multiple, fan-friendly circuits, combining the exciting elements of each day’s start and finish into the same location. The Colorado Classic will also feature two days of professional women’s cycling, beginning in Colorado Springs on Aug. 10 and concluding the following night with a women’s-only event under the lights in Denver.
“From the Red Zinger Bicycle Classic, to the Coors Classic and on to the USA Pro Challenge, professional bike racing has become a part of our identity in Colorado. I can’t wait to once again show off this wonderful state to the world during the Colorado Classic,” said Ken Gart, Chairman of RPM Events Group, the organization formed to put on the race. “The Colorado Classic is being developed to appeal not just to cycling fans, but a wide array of Coloradans and visitors to the state.”
The schedule for the four-day stage race:
Aug. 10 — Stage One: Colorado Springs (men and women)
Aug. 11 — Stage Two: Breckenridge (men)
Aug. 11 — Denver circuit race (women)
Aug. 12 — Stage Three: Denver, start and finish RiNo Art District (men)
Aug. 13 — Stage Four: Denver, start and finish RiNo Art District (men) and closing festivities
“I raced in Colorado in 1977 for the first time in the race known as the Red Zinger which grew into one of the biggest bike races in the world. Now 40 years later, I’m excited to see Colorado once again leading the way forward for men’s and women’s pro racing,” said Connie Carpenter Phinney of Boulder, who won the first-ever gold medal in a women’s Olympic road race.
Each day of the Colorado Classic will showcase an interactive start/finish area; and the daily routes will combine downtown circuits of each city with the beauty of Colorado’s legendary terrain and landmarks.
The inaugural Colorado Classic, designated a 2.HC race by Union Cycliste Internationale (Aigle, Switzerland), will host 18 world-class, domestic and international teams, comprised of 6-riders each. The women’s field expects some of the top professional cyclists in the U.S.
“Coloradans love pro bike racing,” said Derek Bouchard-Hall, President & CEO of USA Cycling, “and we’re extremely pleased that the Colorado Classic will continue the state’s proud tradition with both men’s and women’s events.”
The Denver portions of the race will feature a companion festival of national music acts, a marketplace and much more. Details on those plans will be released in the coming weeks.
“We’re very excited to see professional cycling return to Denver and Colorado, and proud that our great city will play host to a lively and fun-filled event,” Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Previous major races have been great showcases for the city and state, and we have no doubt the Colorado Classic will build upon that history, delivering an epic event for everyone.”
Said David Koff, CEO of RPM Events Group: “This really is a broad-based community event. The Colorado Classic wouldn’t be happening this year without the phenomenal work and support of Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, and our community partners in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver.”
To sign up for additional information, visit: ColoradoClassic.com
Bust out your calendars and clear the date: September 10, 2017 is on the books for the SECOND EVER GOLDEN GIDDYUP.
And if they’re not already, please make sure your friends, family, riding buddies, and even lifelong nemeses are on our email list. It’s the best way to keep up with Giddyup-related events, volunteer opportunities, and registration deadlines!
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The Denver Post Community Foundation, the Office of Governor John Hickenlooper and presenting sponsor Viaero Wireless are excited to hit the road for the fifth annual Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour beginning on September 16th. The ride will spin through southeastern Colorado along its three-day, 154-mile journey. Participants will visit scenic, historical, agricultural and educational stops in route to the three overnight host communities: Ordway, Fowler and La Junta. Off the bike, riders will enjoy locally-sourced food, beer gardens, live entertainment, contests and the community spirit of Colorado’s Eastern Plains.
“Pedal The Plains is not only a fun and challenging Bicycle Tour, but it gives folks a chance to experience our state’s storied Eastern Plains,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “It’s an opportunity to visit and learn about a part of the state many haven’t visited.”
The ride is a celebration of Colorado cycling culture combining great rides, delicious eats and close friends. Billed as “a ride for the rest of us,” Pedal The Plains has three ride offerings suitable for a variety of skill levels: the full 3-Day Tour, a Century Ride and Family Fun Ride.
Riders will pedal away the weekend between entertainment and festivities, eat meals made with local produce, and stay in accommodations ranging from tents to hotel rooms. Participants can enjoy their time off the bicycle seat as much as on it. From performing pigs to live music, moonlight dances to historic re-enactments, beer gardens to horseshoe tournaments, Pedal The Plains has it all.
“Pedal The Plains truly has something for everyone—whether you’re an avid cyclist, a history buff, a seeker of new experiences or someone who wants to have a weekend of family fun, you’re certain to have a good time,” says Tour Director, Chandler Smith.
The Denver Post Community Foundation, which has managed the world-class cycling event Ride The Rockies through 31 successful years, is also the organizer for this unique Colorado event.
Established five years ago, Pedal The Plains dives into Colorado’s agricultural roots and the state’s frontier heritage on the Eastern Plains, and provides significant economic benefits and opportunities for host communities through lodging, restaurant and retail businesses, as well as entertainment, community meals, home stays and transportation.
Additional tour highlights include:
- Bobby’s Animal Farm
- Crowley Heritage Center
- Olney Springs All Vets All Wars Memorial
- Crowley Correctional Center
- Fowler Historical Society
- Larson’s Apishapa Ranch
- Viaero Wireless Tower Talk
- Arkansas Valley CSU Research Center
- Hirakata Farms
- Otero Junior College
- Comanche National Grasslands
- Purgatoire River Region / Historic Cattle Corral
- Bent County Fairgrounds / 4H Exhibits
- Las Animas Fish Hatchery & Rearing Unit
- Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
- Health in Rural Colorado
- Colorado Ranchers & Cattlemen
- Powering Colorado: The Evolving Energy Industry
Proceeds from the ride will benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation in support of Colorado Future Farmers of America Foundation and Colorado 4-H. Both of which will receive a $7,000 grant. In addition, The Denver Post Community Foundation will provide a $3,000 grant to each of the three host communities to benefit a local organization of their choice. Pedal The Plains will also donate 10% of total registration fees to a charity of choice to teams of 10 or more.
Viaero Wireless, the Tour’s presenting partner since its inception, is joined in supporting the ride by founding partners Western Dairy Association, Anadarko Petroleum, Noble Energy, Suncor Energy and CoBank.
Online registration for all ride offerings is now closed. Walk-on registrations are welcome during the Tour.
Last night Yeti Cycles hosted the Giddyup Getdown where we released the course stages and celebrated the 1,200+ hours of trail work our volunteers have put in on JeffCo trails this year. We want to thank our other sponsors and supporters including JeffCO Open Space, Laws Whiskey House, Earth Treks, Proudfoot, MTB Enduro Training, Vida Skills Clinic (who were giving away a free clinic for 9/17!) and, of course, New Belgium Brewing for the refreshments.
If you weren’t able to make it, here are the details you’ve been waiting for: six stages, three climbs, three descents, and a day of rocking fun. Our riders will take off in waves of 12 every five minutes starting at 7:30AM on race day, with the Chimpex and NTM course riders starting shortly after the full course.
Let’s remember one key thing: be safe, don’t be stupid. If you get cited for riding unsafely between now and race day, we’ll yank your registration. We have this amazing opportunity — let’s not screw it up.
PS: We need volunteers! Tell your friends, family, and share around in your networks. We have spots to fill throughout the day for course marshals, expo assistance, timing and all around the event. Most shifts are 3 hours, so plenty of time to take in some of the excitement while volunteering out on the course and still enjoy the festivities at the expo in Lions Park.
The 31st annual Ride the Rockies race starts Sunday in Carbondale and OnSight Public Affairs will be there, pedaling, taking photos, managing social media and sharing stories. We love this partnership, now in its third year, with the Denver Post Community Foundation and other sponsors. What an amazing way to see our beautiful state! It’s also about community and supporting great causes. This year, we’re engaging more of the RTR community with guest blogs written by the Peak Pedaler team. Jessica from Littleton, Scott from Richardson TX, Paul from Olathe and Diane from Albuquerque are our guest bloggers who are riding the race and sharing stories. Read more about them here and enjoy their blog posts! We’ll be there for 6 days of riding over roughly 400 miles and more than 29,00 feet in elevation gain, ending Friday in Fort Collins.
After two years of hard work, race organizers are opening up registration for the Golden Giddyup next Tuesday, March 29th. The Giddyup will be an end-of-season celebration of all things mountain bike on the Front Range, and the event has been built with that goal in mind, and will feature bikes, beers, bites, and – obviously – a petting zoo, among other entertainments.
The event organizers’ deal with JeffCo Open Space is pretty simple: Giddyup riders and supporters make 600 hours of trail work happen this summer and in return Jeffco Open Space will close their trails for the first time in their 40+ year history for the event. Proceeds from the race will be invested back into Jeffco trails. Organizers are focusing their stewardship on three parks: Apex, Chimney, and North Table Mountain. Take a minute, check your calendar, and let the organizers know when you can pick up a shovel or a rake to put a few hours into shaping the trails in your backyard. It’s cross-training at its best!
The event has hit its 600 hour goal the past two summers thanks to the leadership of guys like Al Head, Giddyup Stewardship Commander. And with new partners like the ColoRowdies on board, it is sure to hit and exceed its goals this summer. There are Park Coordinators for each park, and each park has a team of dedicated volunteers – learn more and sign up to #shapewhatyoushred here.
When registration is opened next week you’ll see there are three events rolled into one: individual loops on NTM and Chimpex (Chimney and Apex), as well as a full course combining the two. And the race format is what is lovingly being called an Endurondo.
Since this is the event’s first year and organizers don’t know how many riders to expect, there will be do two waves of registration starting on March 29th and on April 19th.
For those that make it into the first wave, it’s gonna cost you less. So don’t dilly dally, get online and register for the best event on two wheels Golden has ever seen.
Got questions? We’ve got answers here.