BOULDER, COLORADO (February 25, 2010) - Calling to mind the glory days of the famed Coors Classic when Tour de France champions Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault roared through the Rocky Mountains, Centurion Cycling is bringing big time biking back to the challenging climbs that link Colorado’s Front Range with the Peak-to-Peak highway (aka Colorado State Highway 72).
On July 18, 2010, thousands of amateur riders of all abilities will test themselves on a trio of courses that encompass the first of three Centurion Cycling events in North America. All three Centurion Colorado routes start and finish in Lyons, located an hour north of Denver, and only 25 minutes from the cycling Mecca of Boulder.
Centurion Colorado’s hallmark is its 100-mile ride, which includes nearly 13,000 feet of climbing during two ascents to the Peak-to-Peak (see course profile below). The first climb takes riders up through the town of Ward. Round No. 2 travels through Jamestown, then up the infamous Super James climb.
Each ascent is followed by a rolling northbound ride on the scenic, mountain-lined Peak-to-Peak, where stunning views of the Rockies await. Next comes a speedy trip down South St. Vrain Canyon back to the start/finish line in Lyons. The course’s high point is 9,353 feet, and more than a third of the route is above 7,500 feet.