SILT, Colo. January 25, 2012 – The Colorado Mini Classic, a three-stage juniors-only bicycle race and the signature junior event on the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado’s annual race calendar, has been named a Lance Armstrong Junior Race Series event for 2012. This is the highest national-level designation offered to junior races in the United States, and recognizes the Colorado Mini Classic as an event of the highest quality.
“We are incredibly pleased to have received this designation,” said Bill Sommers, Mini Classic Race Director. “The event has three great stages, the backing of the ACA, and tremendous support from the Silt community. We have been building and improving the event for the last three years, and are definitely ready to be part of the national picture for junior races.”
The Mini Classic has a great tradition in Colorado. Originally held in the 1980s in conjunction with the Red Zinger and Coors Classic Bicycle Race, the Mini Classic was revived in 2008 by the ACA. With the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the return of international bike racing to Colorado, the Mini Classic is poised to be a destination event for junior racers across the West.
“The Mini Classic helped launch the careers of many great Colorado racers, such as Bobby Julich, Jonathan Vaughters, Colby Pearce and Clark Sheehan, and I am thrilled to see the event back on the national calendar,” said Clint Bickmore, President of the ACA Board of Directors.
The Mini Classic features a flat time trial, a technical criterium that circles Silt’s Settlers’s Park, and a classic road race held on a 14 mile loop featuring a steady climb, the infamous ‘roller coaster’ and a fast descent back to town.