Tour of Vail Brings Top Shelf American Road Racing to Colorado this September as Part of USA CRITS Championship Series

Vail, Colorado - 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.

“We’re excited to be a part of the USA CRITS Series this year.” said Race Director Dieter Drake, who also organizes the popular Tour of the Battenkill. “We’ve been working for over a year to bring back the magic of the old Coors Classic to Vail. It’s an excellent venue for such a prestigious series final and we hope our weekend-long professional and amateur event will be an attractive destination for racers and spectators.”

Organizers of the Tour of Vail Cycling Weekend have also announced VIP & Expo opportunities for the event scheduled for September 28-30 in Vail, Colorado. VIP opportunties are offered for individuals and groups wishing to experience the event that has played host to major cycling events including the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Coors Classic. The VIP Experience offers packages including exclusive access to weekend VIP events, event apparel, entry in the Saturday Bicycling Vail Challenge Ride, and front row seating to the Sunday Vail Criterium and USA CRITS Final.

The race expo begins on Friday, September 28 and continues throughout the weekend. Exhibitors can choose from standard and premium locations adjacent to the finish area in Vail Village.

The event is organized by Anthem Sports, organizers of the Stan's Notubes Great American Cycling Series and the Tour of the Battenkill in New York - the largest Pro/Am cycling race in the US.

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

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