Colorado Springs (February 28, 2018)
Organizers of the three top uphill cycling races in Colorado have formed an alliance to launch the Colorado Summit Cycling Series this summer, creating the country’s ultimate uphill challenge.
Team Evergreen Cycling, owners of the Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans Hill Climb; The Colorado Sports Corp., owners of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb; and Sanitas Cycling, owners of the Westbound & Down/Suerte Guanella Pass Hill Climb, have combined to create a series involving all three races, providing avid cyclists a chance to test themselves on three of Colorado’s iconic climbs.
Registration opens today at www.coloradosummitseries.com. Special series pricing is $219 for adult USA Cycling licensed riders, $285 for Gran Fondo participants and only $99 for junior levels.
The series begins with Westbound & Down/Suerte Guanella Pass Hill Climb, June 3. The race starts in Georgetown and finishes up Guanella Pass to an elevation of 11,670 ft. “To partner with two other great events with such iconic climbs is a good boost for cyclists seeking a great challenge. We’re stoked to jump start the whole series with Guanella Pass and set the tone for the total Colorado uphill experience. No doubt, it will serve as a great appetizer to the massive climbs and races that will follow.”
The historic Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans Hill Climb will be July 21, and enters its 53rd year. The climb, which has been tested by numerous world-class cyclists over the years, starts in Idaho Springs and finishes atop Mount Evans, elev., 14,286 ft. “For a long-time, Mount Evans has been recognized as one of the top uphill races in the United States, if not the world,” said Team Evergreen Cycling’s Executive Director, Jennifer Barbour. “This new partnership will provide an extended opportunity to create the definitive Colorado Experience for those cyclists seeking a great challenge. We’re super excited to form this alliance, which will provide a great platform for amateurs, professionals, and recreational riders to test their mettle.”
The series caps off with The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb, with an event that is contested entirely on the Pikes Peak Highway and raises up to the finish at 14,115 ft. It will mark the only time cyclists will be afforded the ability to race up the paved side of Pikes Peak, which was completed in 2015. “This series creates the ‘Ultimate Uphill Challenge’ for cyclists,” said Doug Martin, COO of the Colorado Sports Corp. “We look forward to playing host to the conclusion of this three-part series, which will certainly draw cyclists near and far to be part of this extreme challenge. Pikes Peak, with its steep switchbacks, is a fitting climb to finish the epic journey for participants.”
Organizers for all three races are working through the dynamics of a points series based on cumulative time with an overall leader’s jersey for men and women will be awarded after the first race. All finishers will receive a commemorative jersey, supplied by Primal. To preview jerseys, go to www.coloradosummitseries.com.
The alliance of organizers has selected King of the Mountain (“KOM”) Sports Marketing of Colorado Springs as their marketing agency. KOM has been the pre-imminent sports marketing agency for many of the top professional cycling races over the past decade, most recently working with the USA Pro Challenge, Colorado Classic and Tour of Alberta.
KOM devised the logo, brand scheming and positioning under the first phase and is currently working on integrating all three titles into a common marketing platform. They are taking sponsorship inquiries at: info@KOMsports.com or 1.719.272.7022.
Westbound & Down/Suerte Guanella Pass Hill Climb
• Event Date: June 3, 2018
• 7th year of the event
• Begins in historic downtown Georgetown to the summit of Guanella Pass – Elevation 11,670 ft
• Over 3,000 ft. of elevation gain with grades from 8-12%
• Course is over 11 miles on freshly paved roads and closed to traffic
Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb
• Event Date: July 21, 2018
• 53rd year of the event
• Largest road race in the state averaging over 1,000 athletes
• Begins in Idaho Springs to the summit of Mt. Evans – Elevation 14,130 ft
• Over 6,000 ft. of elevation gain
• Course is over 26 miles and closed to traffic
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb
• Event Date: August 11, 2018
• 9th year of the event
• Begins at the base of the mountain in Colorado Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak–Elevation 14,115 ft.
• Over 4,700 ft. of elevation gain
• Course is over 12 miles and closed to traffic
• Event has riders from 14 states and 3 countries
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