Gebhardt Automotive Cycling Classic

Boulder, CO (Dec. 29, 2013) Colorado cyclists will put their winter training to the test at the Gebhardt Automotive Cycling Classic on February 22, 2014. The racecourse will follow roads around Carter Lake in Loveland, which is a popular training ground for Front Range cyclists.

The Gebhardt Automotive Cycling Classic is the first race on the 2014 Colorado calendar. It is also the inaugural year for the race. Race director Adelaide Perr, owner of Be the Beast Racing, LLC, is partnering with Mark Bockmann, owner of local race timing company RaceRite, LLC, to organize the event. The elite event will feature 4 laps, totaling 70 miles.

“The excitement of the local racers is contagious. It keeps me working hard to put together the best race possible and also makes me wish I could race myself,” said Perr. “The support we are getting from local companies is phenomenal. We are working with top-notch businesses to provide riders with a fun experience, along with a challenging course on race day.”

Gebhardt VW and BMW are the race’s title sponsors, a partnership that reflects their support of cyclists. Osmo Nutrition will provide hydration for the feed zone. iSupportU has provided its services for branding, website, and logo development. Other sponsors include Lucy Conklin Realty, FasCat Coaching, Beer and Bike Tours, Velo Zephyr, Green Guru, RecoFit Compression Gear, and Pearl Izumi.

Community members can sign up to volunteer on the race website, www.bethebeastracing.com. As the race details get finalized, they will be available on the website and the Gebhardt Automotive Cycling Classic Facebook Page.

Contact:
Adelaide Perr
adelaide AT bethebeastracing DOT com

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17 Comments

Grateful for your efforts,

Grateful for your efforts, but it seems ill-advised to put so much effort into a RR in CO in February. Your odds of a weather-related cancellation are pretty great. I understand there are likely to have been calendar conflicts that drove you to select that date, but wish you were looking at an April date instead.

I'm very excited for this

I'm very excited for this race. Carter is my go to training ride during the winter months. It's probably 50/50 (totally guessing) chance this thing gets cancelled, so thanks for having the guts to put it on.

I assume it will be looped but I'm not sure which way it will go and where the start/finish will be located. Is it a Cup race? Flyer?

Going the wrong way

I thought after last year with all the cancellations in the early Spring, that the consensus was to push back the start of the CO road racing season by a month. Seems like we are going the wrong way with the date of the Carter Lake RR. I know...if I don't want to race that early, don't. Okay!

Totally Agree

If people who want to road race in February, more power to them. But this is Colorado. In Feb, I'll be skiing or putting in some pre-season road miles, depending on the weather. How many crits were cancelled last March because of snow?
Apr through Aug = road season.
Sept though Dec = 'cross season.
Tip of the hat to the promoters for putting on a road race in Colorado (a rare animal these days), but Feb is the wrong time of year, IMHO.

Fresh thinking

I would love for the leadership of BRAC to show some fresh thinking and encourage race promoters to produce cross races in Feb and road races in Sep, instead of vice-versa, which is the way it is now. After all, Sep is still summertime, doesn't it make more sense to have road races then than in Feb?

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