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Colorado Classic Route Retains Beloved Vail Pass TT

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - AUGUST: Cyclist John Murphy, Holowesko/Citadel Racing, pumps his fist in the air as he crosses the finish line to win stage one of the inaugural Colorado Classic bike race on August 10, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The men's race was a total of 93.5 miles with six laps going through the Garden of the Gods and finishing on Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

The Colorado Classic has confirmed its four-day route for the men’s and women’s stage race that will take place August 16-19.

The race starts with two stages in and around Vail followed by two days in Denver. The beloved (fans, not riders) Vail Pass time trial is back for stage 2 and will very likely decide who goes home with the overall. The men’s race will cover 245 miles  with 15,486 feet of climbing, while the women’s race will follow a similar route, it is much shorter at 80 miles and 4,818-feet of climbing.

It’s great to see the Vail TT back, the TT started with the USA Pro Challenge and continues on with the Colorado Classic. The 9.87-mile stage climbs 1,574 feet from the start at Solaris to a mountain finish near the top of Vail Pass.

Stage 3, which runs through Red Rocks Park, will also be a lot of fun to watch. The 100-mile queen stage includes 8,133 feet of climbing with a trip up and over Lookout Mountain.

 

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