The Colorado Classic begins on Thursday in Steamboat. This is a historical event for cycling in Colorado. It’s the first time for a women’s only professional bike race in the Western Hemisphere. We at 303 have been as involved as we can be and we will be bringing you live coverage for entire four days. We have created a landing page on our website where you can watch the race, look up rosters and find other things about the event. Click HERE for 303 coverage.
Nearly 100 of the world’s best racers from 16 teams will compete in the four-stage race over challenging iconic Colorado mountain and urban terrain, starting in Steamboat Springs, moving to Avon, then Golden and finishing in Denver. The race has earned the prestigious 2.1 classification by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and is on USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour.
More than a race, the Colorado Classic is a movement empowering women of all ages and abilities to transform their lives and the world through sports. The race is advancing women’s pro cycling with harder, longer routes; unprecedented financial support; and daily live TV streaming coverage that puts women’s racing on a global stage.
The race will be surrounded with a Health and Lifestyle Expo, Speaker Series and citizen rides. Bicycling Magazine named the Colorado Classic one of 13 races in the world not to be missed this year.
Colorado Classic is working with SCRAPS– a woman-owned and pedal-powered compost pickup service based in Denver. SCRAPS will pick up all compostable trash by bicycle from the 2019 Colorado Classic race sites and a planned expo in Denver. SCRAPS will also consult with the other race’s host locations to encourage following similar protocols for compost pickup. The partnership with SCRAPS is part of the race’s commitment to divert at least 60 percent of the race’s waste from landfills to composts and recycling.
Volunteer with SCRAPS, Go HERE they need help for the Golden and Denver venues.
Other Volunteer opportunities go HERE
“Our mission of becoming the best pro women’s cycling race in the world includes making the race as sustainable and green as possible,” said Lucy Diaz, COO for RPM Events Group, which organizes the race. “We’re fortunate to have partners, sponsors and host cities who are aligned in that mission.”
Here are some key viewing places and tips on how to best watch the race
Start/Finish Line at Meadows Lot. Help kick off the 2019 Colorado Classic and catch all the action at the start/finish line including rider sign in, awards ceremonies, a live press conference and a Bike and Lifestyle Expo area.
Oak Creek Sprint. Come to downtown Oak Creek and catch the fastest women battle for sprint leader, with plenty of parking and local bars, restaurants and businesses primed for action.
Whitewood Drive. Follow as the women compete for Queen of the Mountain before racing back down to the finish!
AUGUST 23 – STAGE 2 – AVON PRESENTED BY FIRSTBANK
Start/Finish Line at Lake Street Nottingham Park. Enjoy the Bike and Lifestyle Expo area in Nottingham Park while cheering on riders during the first 7 laps from the start/finish line on Lake Street
Main Street Mall and Benchmark Road. Catch the racers as they sprint through 7 laps and, on the final lap, fight to the finish line. You can also pick up official Colorado Classic merchandise by Primal!
Village Road. Line the sidewalk and make some noise for the final lap as the peloton begins their uphill battle towards Bachelor Gulch, they’ll fly by again on their descent as they race toward the finish line!
Daybreak Ridge Road at Village to Village Trail. Encourage racers as they battle it out for Queen of the Mountain while tackling one of Colorado’s most notorious climbs: Daybreak Ridge. This Fan Zone is accessible by foot only and offers a prime opportunity to hike or bike your way to the cheering section on this landmark!
AUGUST 24 – STAGE 3 – GOLDEN
Start/Finish Line on Washington between 12th and 13th. Send off the riders in style under the iconic Golden arch, watch as the peloton flashes by 7 times and be the first to know the winner!
15th/Washington. Bring your cowbells, line the street and cheer on racers as they begin the short yet steep climb up Washington. The final lap will see racers give their final push as they fight for Queen of the Mountain.
New Terrain Brewery. In addition to over 15 fresh brews on tap, Golden’s very own New Terrain Brewery offers front seat views as the race flies down 44th Ave. for 7 laps.
Bike and Lifestyle Expo at Parfet Park. Explore the Bike and Lifestyle Expo area while still keeping up with the action on big screen TVs as the racers head towards the finish line.
AUGUST 25 – STAGE 4 DENVER PRESENTED BY GATES CORPORATION
Start/Finish Line at Coors Field (21st and Blake). Pro-racing returns to Denver for the third year and kicks off at Coors Field. Watch the start, eight laps of racing and the finish in one of Denver’s most iconic locations. Plus it’s home to the Bike & Lifestyle expo, highlighted by the VF Village, which will feature a multitude of fun activities from giveaways, to art walls, to BMX demos. Not to mention food trucks, Papa John’s pizza and beer from Michelob Ultra.
City Park. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, and picnics in the park on the south side along the route to catch cyclists as they loop through the park. You can also pick up official Colorado Classic merchandise by Primal!
17th Avenue.Not only can you catch nearly constant race action here, but it’s always abuzz with some of Denver’s most popular cafes and restaurants.