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World-class pro cycling races, three-day music festival and civic engagement at Colorado Classic and Velorama

By: Gina Cronin, Gina.Cronin@gazette.com
July 19, 2017 Updated: September 1, 2017 at 11:20 am
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Cheer on world-class cycling pros at the Colorado Classic, an action-packed four-day event — taking place August 10 to 13 in three Colorado cities — that brings together cycling teams from around the world. At this year’s inaugural competition, not only do you have a chance to be up-close-and-personal with some of the best racers in the world, you can also enjoy an abundance of events, activities, food trucks, beer gardens and a complete three-day music festival in Denver called Velorama!

 

The Colorado Classic is sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and designated as a 2.HC race, which is the highest category outside of World Tour races. This elite sporting event, which is also part of the USA Cycling's Pro Road Tour — starts locally with Stage 1 in Colorado Springs and then moves on to Breckenridge and Denver. It will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network across 170 countries and reach 40-50 million viewers around the globe and streamed live on their subscription mobile app, NBC Sports Gold. It presents an excellent opportunity to be a part of the thrill and watch top athletes in action.

 

Having an event of this size and caliber right here in Colorado Springs is extremely exciting, and fits perfectly in a community that is an integral part of the Olympic movement in the United States. The Colorado Springs circuit, on Thursday, August 10, will span the downtown area and Garden of the Gods; and bring together 15 world-class pro men's teams and 11 women's teams and their racers. Being a circuit race — as opposed to the traditional point-to-point race — spectators are afforded ample opportunities to see cyclists zoom past again and again. 

 

The downtown area will be closed to traffic and will feature a huge festival with vendors, live music and activities all day long, followed by an after-party where the festivities will continue. There will be designated event parking areas for spectators downtown and within Garden of the Gods. It’s important to be informed of road closures, so check ColoradoClassic-COS.org to plan ahead. Want to take your involvement a step further? Be a volunteer! There is a huge demand for volunteers to be at key points of the course and keep everything running smoothly. Finally, there are many ancillary events leading up to the race to bring together the community in the spirit of cycling. Check ColoradoClassic-COS.org and get involved in Stage 1.

 

The party doesn’t end there though. Partake in Stage 2 in Breckenridge or stage 3 and 4 in Denver! The Breckenridge circuit, on Friday August 11, starts in the downtown area then continues up Moonstone Climb. Similar to Colorado Springs, downtown Breckenridge will be decked out with festival activities and attractions. Stages 1 and 2 are completely free and open to the public.

 

Friday, August 11 also kicks off the three-day Velorama Music Festival in Denver, where the Colorado Classic race will come to its victorious end. 12 blocks of the RiNo Art District will be closed off for the festival, and the area will be booming with local food; a Drink RiNo wine and cider garden; 200-booth Denver Flea featuring local artisans; 50-booth bike and lifestyle expo; and fun bicycle events for families, kids, amateurs and more.

 

While there will be many great areas to watch the race for free in Denver, the key areas — like the finish line and most of the criterium runs — will be within the festival space. Tickets can be purchased for one, two or all three days. Some incredible musical talent will be at the festival. The headliners on Friday, August 11 are Wilco, New Pornographers and La Santa Cecilia. Headliners on Saturday, August 12 are Death Cab for Cutie, Saint Motel and Tennis. Sunday, August 13 is intended to have more family-friendly, local Colorado music feel, and will feature Old 97’s, the Jayhawks, Rob Drabkin and Brent Cowles. On Sunday, kids 10 and under are free.

 

As with Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver are in need of volunteers. Volunteering for this event is rewarding, exciting and Denver volunteers are granted free access to Velorama. It takes a village to bring the community together in such a powerful way, so anyone interested in lending some time and heart can fill out a volunteer profile at bit.ly/VeloramaVolunteer.

 

The significance of this event goes beyond the race circuit. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Bicycle Colorado and the RiNo Art District as part of RPM Event Group’s mission to invest back in the community. Further, biking has a healing and transformative impact on both adults and kids. Bicycle Colorado, for example, gives away bikes and teaches bike safety to children, as a way to help them be self-dependent and make positive life choices.

 

Also, one of the teams racing is Team Rwanda, and this will be their first major race in the United States. The cyclists have already done so much to help transform and heal their country from the hatred that surrounded the Rwanda genocide of the early 1990s; and they are truly heroes in their home towns. The money these athletes make from the race is often used to help friends and family back home to be empowered and rebuild together. A delegation of African leaders who live in Colorado (some from Rwanda), said, “This is huge for our country, it is healing us, we are very proud to be a part of this. During this race, we are all Rwanda.”

 

Whether you’re in it for the thrill, the community connection, the music, the beer, the food or the activities, the Colorado Classic and Velorama is the place to be August 10-13, 2017.

 

Race breakdown:

 

Men’s four-stage circuit race covering more than 300 miles

Stage 1:  Colorado Springs (Thursday, Aug. 10)

Stage 2:  Breckenridge (Friday, Aug. 11)

Stage 3:  Denver / Peak to Peak Highway out-and-back (Saturday, Aug. 12)

Stage 4:  Denver city circuit (Sunday, Aug. 13)

 

Two women’s stages and criterium

Stage 1: Colorado Springs (Thursday, Aug. 10)

Stage 2: Breckenridge (Friday, Aug. 11)

Criterium: Denver (Friday night, Aug. 11)

Criterium: Denver (Saturday, Aug. 12)

 

Velorama

A three-day bike, music and craft festival in Denver’s RiNo Art District held in conjunction with the Colorado Classic’s Denver stages (Aug. 11-13)

 

Information

-To browse Colorado Springs closures, routes, volunteer opportunities, parking or ancillary events, visit ColoradoClassic-COS.org.

-To purchase tickets or to learn more, visit VeloramaColorado.com.

-To view related videos and routes, visit Vimeo.com/user63332080.

-To fill out of a volunteer form, visit bit.ly/VeloramaVolunteer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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