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
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