The Colorado Classic race routes will test the field and create new and unique experiences for spectators over the race’s four stages, August 10-13. Courses start and finish from the same location — as opposed to point-to-point races — and stages 1, 2 and 4 are “circuits” featuring multiple laps on challenging courses. Men pro cyclists in the 4-stage race will cover 313 miles (503.5 km) and endure more than 20,000 feet of intense, high-altitude climbing and women pros in their 2-stage race will follow essentially the same course as the men, and cover 70 miles (113.2 km) and power through more than 5,800 feet of climbing.
For a summary of the course data and highlights for each stage for both the men’s and women’s races, click on the image to the right:
Stage 1 – Colorado Springs – August 10
Stage one will cover a total of 93.5 miles (150.4 km) as riders push the pace for six laps on a 15.58-mile (25.1 km) course in the shadow of Pikes Peak, running between downtown Colorado Springs and the sandstone formations of the city’s iconic Garden of the Gods.
Stage 2 – Breckenridge – August 11
Stage two will test be a test of endurance and willpower over 64 miles (103 km) in the scenic mining town of Breckenridge. During 10 laps on the 6.4-mile (10.3 km) course, riders will face more than 7,000 feet of climbing, including multiple, leg-crushing runs up the notorious Moonstone climb — and the subsequent thrilling descents down Illinois Gulch.
Stage 3 – Denver – August 12
Stage three will be contested on an 81-mile (130 km) out-and-back course that runs from the RiNo race hub to the mountains west of Denver on the Peak to Peak Highway, and then returns to the Mile High City through scenic Golden Gate Canyon State Park and via what is expected to be a finishing sprint through the streets of Denver, with speeds approaching 60 mph. Among the day’s highlights: Gap Road, where riders will face the toughest part of the course, or King of the Mountain (KOM) section, then dirt roads with steep, rolling hills.
Stage 4 – Denver – August 13
Stage four will once again highlight the start-and-finish area within the Velorama Festival grounds and sends riders on a 7.5-mile (12km) city circuit that stretches from RiNo to City Park and back. Riders will do 10 laps in the final stage, for a total of 74.6 miles (120.1 km) on what is expected to be a thrilling, intense and colorful final day of racing.
The four-day race will be televised on NBCSN and live streamed on NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s live streaming direct-to-consumer subscription app. Paul Sherwen will call the action, joined by analyst Christian Vande Velde and reporter Bob Roll.