The Colorado Classic returns Aug. 22–25, 2019, as a women's-only stand-alone UCI stage race.
The Colorado Classic is a four-day pro bicycle road race that brings together the top pro cyclists from around the world, including former Olympians and World Tour champions.
And in 2019, it's all about the women.
That's because this year, the event will become the only women’s stand-alone Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) stage race in the Western Hemisphere, a move that's sure to put both women’s cycling and the Centennial State in the spotlight. It has received the prestigious UCI 2.1 category designation and is one of only 13 such races in the world.
"A women’s-only UCI stage race truly shows the dedication and commitment the Colorado Classic has to women in sport," said Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong, the most decorated female cyclist in U.S. history. "I was fortunate enough to have my start in a women’s-only event back in 2002 ... I know first-hand the tremendous amount of impact this will have on women’s cycling by creating and providing opportunity for spectators and riders across the world."
“The Colorado Classic reflects what our state is known for — innovation and inclusion — while showcasing Colorado’s diverse outdoor health and wellness lifestyle,” said Colorado Governor-elect Jared Polis. “The Colorado Classic has been instrumental in bringing pro racing back to Colorado, and we are proud to support their bold move in becoming a women’s-only bike race.”
The 2019 race, presented by VF Corporation, will include more challenging routes, longer distances and better start times than ever before, along with a prize purse nearly four times larger than the 2018 women’s purse, plus stipends to support team travel and expenses. The prize is provided by RPM Events Group LLC, the organizers of the Colorado Classic. This year's event will also feature an all-women team of public address announcers.
The final stage will be in Denver where riders will fly through downtown. Spectators can celebrate the race before, during and after at special events and at a dynamic expo with food, culture, exhibitors and family-focused programs.
Aug. 22 ~ Steamboat Springs
Aug. 23 ~ Avon
Aug. 24 ~ Golden
Aug. 25 ~ Denver
Please visit ColoradoClassic.com for viewing locations and more information.