2012 - Tour of Vail

Enjoy a weekend of epic cycling on the streets of Vail, Colorado. Vail is ushering in a new era of competitive cycling using the best ideas from the past with a fresh new look. Re-live the Coors Classic and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge courses on the cobbles streets of Vail!

Part of the Stan's Notubes Great American Cycling Series for amateurs, the event is also the Final for the USA Crits Series for professional men and women! Colorado-style bicycle racing has never been better!

The Tour of Vail begins on Friday, September 28 with the Vail Time Trial. A 10 kilometer, winding course through the Town of Vail, the time trial is a prologue to competitive and non-competitve events on Saturday and Sunday. The time trial is open to amateur and professional riders.

Saturday's Bicycling Vail Challenge 100 kilometer gran fondo is an epic and scenic cycling tour of parts of the infamous 'Copper Triangle' that includes both the Freemont and Tennessee Pass. Chip timing, aid stations, and other amenities are included. Starting in Copper, passing through Leadville and returning to Vail, participants will compare climb and finish times for a chance to win Stan's Notubes wheelsets and other prizes. The ride finishes in downtown Vail Village.

Sunday includes the marquee events of the weekend - the Vail Criterium & USA CRITS Final. The course is reminiscent of the Coors Classic from the late 80's - a 1 kilometer flat circuit through the cobbled streets of Vail Village. The day's schedule includes races for amateurs, a kids race, and culminates with the USA CRITS Final for both men and women where the nation's best elite and professional cyclists will compete for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes.

For more information, please see the event website at www.tourofvail.com