Colorado Classic Preview

The 2018 Colorado Classic is a four day UCI 2.HC stage race in Vail and Denver, CO.  The Colorado Classic is unique in professional cycling as it is held in conjunction with a three day celebration of cycling and music called Velorama, held in Denver, CO from August 17th-19th.

The Colorado Classic, now in its second year, follows in the footsteps of some of America’s biggest cycling events in the history of the sport. Colorado first made a splash on the professional racing calendar with the Red Zinger Bicycle Classic in 1975; this event then grew into the infamous Coors International Bicycle Classic in 1980 running consecutively for 15 seasons. After a 30 year hiatus Colorado again entered the international racing calendar with the launch of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The USA Pro Challenge grew to be one of the most important events on the North American calendar before coming to an end in 2015. The Colorado Classic now continues the tradition of showcasing the great state of Colorado to the world through top level professional cycling.

Elevate-KHS Professional Cycling will be making their second trip to Colorado for the Colorado Classic and will be bringing a hungry team looking to capitalize on opportunities to take a stage win after a difficult Tour of Utah. Coming off of two top 10 finishes at the Tour of Utah this past week, Sam Bassetti will be looking to move up onto the podium when the fast men have their chance to battle for a bunch sprint.

Bassetti will be joined by James Piccoli and a strong team capable of succeeding in both the mountains and the sprint stages. Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling has been training at altitude for the 2018 Colorado Classic with Nick Torraca, Kevin Girkins, Eder Frayre and Jordan Cheyne joining Bassetti and Piccoli for the event.

The 2018 Colorado Classic begins in Vail, CO this year with two stages at some of the highest altitude these teams will race all year. Stage one is an 8.8 mile circuit the teams will traverse 8 times for 64 total miles. Though there isn’t a major mountain pass to add to the difficulty, the 8000 feet above sea level the peloton will find themselves at the start make it difficult to know what kind of finish to expect on such a short circuit. The gaps may be small, but the winner will have earned his stage win.

Stage two sees the the race stay in Vail for a second day with the Vail Time Trial, a race against the clock that has been used historically in all versions of Colorado’s Professional Races. The 9.9 mile course sees the riders climbing 1500 feet above the start house ensuring a gifted climber with experience at racing at altitude will reign supreme. James Piccoli shined the uphill time trial in last year’s Tour of Utah and will have circled this stage on his calendar.

For stages three and four the peloton heads to Denver for the finale of the four day event. Stage three is this year’s queen stage with over 8000 feet of climbing over a 100 mile course that will ensure the GC situation changes yet again heading into stage four’s circuit in Downtown Denver. The final stage features a 9 mile circuit starting from the Velorama Festival heading out to City Park over eight laps for a total of 71 miles. This stage will highlight the sprinters in the finale, giving Bassetti the chance to chase to the line with the hopes of a podium finish.

The 2018 Colorado Classic will be televised live and you can watch it anywhere you have cell service by using their fantastic Tour Tracker App. Keep up with the race live or get great recaps and information on all of the teams competing by downloading the app on your phone.

Get the app here: https://coloradoclassic.com/2018-colorado-classic-tour-tracker

Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Roster:

Sam Bassetti

Jordan Cheyne

Eder Frayer

Kevin Girkins

James Piccoli

Nick Torraca

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The Flite 900

The Flite 900 road bike is the bike of choice for The Elevate KHS Pro Cycling Team. Light weight, aero, and really fast, its easy to see why they love this bike so much.

Pro GRT 4, Tamarack, Idaho

KHS Factory racing was up in Idaho racing the 4th stop of the Pro GR series at Tamarack Mountain Resort. Despite a fire close by, the race went on. Logan Binggeli had a great showing as he finished in second place, and Nik Nestoroff also came out fighting finishing in fourth place. The next stop, and last, of the GRT series will be at  Mammoth Mountain next month. Logan is second overall looking to get to the number one spot.

Elevate-KHS Announces Roster For 2018 Edition of Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah

The Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Team is proud to announce the roster for the 2018 edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Fresh off of success in last year’s race, James Piccoli and Alfredo Rodriguez will anchor the strong selection for Elevate-KHS. Joining them in St. George will be Sam Bassetti, Jordan Cheyne, George Simpson, Brian McCulloch, and Eder Frayre.

Photo: Catherine Fegan-Kim

Known as the “Toughest Race in America,” due in large part to the altitude and weather riders will be up against,the 2.HC Rated Tour of Utah is celebrating its 9th edition on the UCI America’s Tour calendar.

This year’s event will see the return of the short opening Prologue stage in St. George. At only 3.3 miles long, we shouldn’t see the race won in this first day, but valuable time can be lost on the short climbs on the route.

Prologues are difficult to predict, so we should see strong results from both our sprinters and our climbers when the short stage has concluded.

The first full length stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah sees the peloton return to Cedar City again for a hot 101 mile route. In the past, sprinters who can make it over those difficult climbs midway through the course were able to contest a fast bunch sprint from a reduced peloton. This could also be a good day for an exciting breakaway to survive all the way to the end. However, with the yellow jersey in reach of so many riders, it will be difficult to make it all the way to the line alone.

The infamous Mt. Nebo makes its triumphant return to the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. As the tallest mountain in the Wasatch Range, can cement the legacy of any rider who conquers it. The profile leading up to this climb features a 12 mile circuit out of Payson, before heading to the Wasatch Range. After the climb the peloton will make their way down a difficult steep descent which will make attempts at rejoining the leaders extremely difficult. Expect to see the strongest riders over the top of Mt. Nebo to have a good chance of making it all the way back to Payson for the finish line.

The 2018 edition of the race sees the return of two popular destinations on stage 3 in Antelope Island and the Hill Air Force Base. This year we will enjoy a longer venture on the island as the race will start out on the far end before returning to mainland. On their way into Layton the peloton will pass through Hill Air Force Base giving our service men and women another chance to see the race up close and personal. After leaving the base the race will attempt the Bountiful Bench which is steep enough to launch a winning move or at least see several riders try as they race for the line on the Layton circuits.

Salt Lake City has become a staple of the race with its crowd friendly circuit through the streets of downtown. At only 68 miles each circuit will get faster and faster as the peloton completes the saw blade profile. This is a good day for a sprinter with the legs to stay with the bunch on those difficult short climbs, however last year we saw relentless attacks and a small breakaway just edge-out the chasing peloton for victory.

The climb to Snowbird Resort has become synonymous with the Tour of Utah, as the only constant feature of the race throughout its years as a UCI event. Before the even reach SNowbird, however, the race must cross the category 1 Guardsmen Pass. An extremely fast 15 mile descent follows the pass before the race heads back up hill towards the Snowbird Resort. In 2017 James Piccoli finished 8th on the stage and will be looking to improve upon that result in this year’s edition.   

Missing from our first entry into the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in 2017 was the beautiful Park City Circuit stage. The final stage of the 2018 race welcome’s Park City back after one year away. For the first time in the history of the race, the difficult Empire Pass with its pitches of up to 20% has been repaved; gone are the disheveled chip sealed roads of previous editions. After reaching the summit of this fabled climb the race is all downhill back into Park City to crown a new victor of America’s Toughest Stage Race, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah!

Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling Roster:

Sam Bassetti

Jordan Cheyne

Eder Frayer

Brian McCulloch

James Piccoli

George Simpson

Alfredo Rodriguez

Follow Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling On Our Social Media Outlets for the latest race day updates!

Web: www.elevate-khsprocycling.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/elevatekhscycling/

Instagram: @elevatekhsprocycling

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