Professional bike racing is returning to Colorado, Aug. 10-13, 2017.
Called the Colorado Classic, this four-day series of races will bring together 96 of the top men and 75 of the best women pro cyclists from 23 nations, including Team Rwanda. Races are scheduled in Colorado Springs and Breckenridge with a big finale in Denver.
Colorado native and three-time Olympian Taylor Phinney and second-place Tour de France finisher Rigoberto Uran will cover 313 miles and climb more than 20,000 feet over the four stages. Besides Phinney, other notable Coloradans are Danny Pate of Colorado Springs, Gregory Daniel of Denver, and Peter Stetina and Alex Howes of Boulder.
In Denver, the men's Peak to Peak Highway out-and-back race is on Saturday, followed by the exciting men's city circuit on Sunday. Women's criterium races featuring pro, amateur and collegiate riders will take place on Friday and Saturday.
The Denver stages will also include a huge three-day street party, the aptly-named Velorama Colorado, featuring live music, a bike expo with tons of exhibitors, food, craft beer and various cycling events in the River North Art District (RiNo). It will be coupled with an expanded Denver Flea called Super Flea with nearly 200 craft vendors.
Festival and Music Events
Friday, Aug. 11
The New Pornographers
Las Santa Cecilia
Saturday, Aug. 12
Death Cab for Cutie
Sunday, Aug. 13