Colorado Springs takes pride in its bike culture, and for good reason. With the Olympic Training Center Velodrome and train-worthy thin air and altitude, our city attracts bikers who want to take their race to the next level.
Now, we have the honor of hosting the first stage of the inaugural Colorado Classic cycling race, which will begin downtown this weekend. The sustainability of these races has been called into question in recent years, after the Colorado-based USA Pro Challenge ceased to exist following its 2015 event, but the Colorado Classic has come up with some new ideas to make money and get an audience, including a full-on festival going strong from Friday to Sunday. But no matter what its future may hold, the Classic’s first run looks to be drawing attention.
This three-day event has attracted men’s and women’s teams from all over the world, and some big names along the lines of American Olympian Taylor Phinney and local Rally Cycling rider Danny Pate. Plus, controversial cycling legend Lance Armstrong has recently announced that he will be attending, though he plans to peddle his podcast rather than pedal his bike.
In addition to prominent American and, specifically, Colorado cyclists, international racers fill out the roster. Most notably, Team Rwanda — whose initial six-year struggle for recognition…
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