For Immediate release
NOVEMBER 25, 2009: Boulder, Colorado — Combine the mass-participation
buzz of a big-city marathon, the epic beauty of a European gran fondo, and
the all-inclusive nature of a cycling century ride and you have the
framework for the newest entrant to North America’s endurance sports
events arena — Centurion Cycling.
Launched in fall 2009 by Ironman pioneer Graham Fraser and veteran event
organizer Len Pettyjohn, Centurion Cycling is a competitive, three-race
series with events slated for Madison, Wisconsin; Mammoth Lakes,
California; and right here in Boulder County.
In fact, Centurion-Colorado kicks off the series on July 17-18, 2010.
Final course details are still being fleshed out, but expect a difficult
day with ample climbing. Centurion-Wisconsin follows on Aug. 7-8, and
Centurion-California completes the slate on Sept. 11-12.
On-line registration for all three of these marathon-of-cycling events is
open. Precise computer-chip timing will determine exact finish times —
and the winners of a $25,000 total prize purse that includes overall series
Each two-day Centurion Cycling event will include three separate rides —
a 25-miler on Saturday, and 50-mile and 100-mile rides on Sunday. The 50
and 100-mile courses will feature significant climbing, providing a tough
test for even the most seasoned amateur racer. The 25-mile event will be
more family friendly, but also provide an outlet for riders who favor speed
over distance, or those who simply want to tune up the legs ahead of the
Centurion’s ability-based seeding process, broad range of age-based
categories, and multiple distance options will encourage families and
less-competitive riders to embrace this new challenge.
No matter what distance is chosen, or how long it takes, riders will be
greeted by a sprawling finish-line festival complete with food and drink,
live entertainment and an expansive vendor expo.
“These events will truly have something for everyone,” explained
Fraser, who drew his initial inspiration from France’s famed l’Étape
du Tour, a mass-participation event where riders take on one of the
mountainous stages of the Tour de France. “We’ll have a large
contingent of people who treat our event like a race, pushing themselves as
hard as they can. But at the other end, there will be people simply riding
to complete the 100-mile distance. The beauty is that unlike most U.S.
cycling events that lean heavily one way or the other, we have room for
both groups, and the people who fall somewhere in between.”