DENVER (CBS4) – It’s been years since Colorado’s bike racing hayday back in the days of the Red Zinger and then the Coors Classic.
Now Colorado finally has a big world class cycling event again.
This weekend the leader jerseys for next month’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge were unveiled.
It’s a 7-day, 500 mile race which has cycling legend Davis Phinny excited to put Colorado back on the map.
“Colorado has such a rich history with cycling and it’s only fitting that the sport comes back in a big way. What you are seeing with the coverage of the Tour de France, cycling is big news around the world and having Colorado as a state showcased by a bike race — nothing could be better than that,” Phinney said.
The course for the race can be viewed at usaprocyclingchallenge.com. It starts on Aug. 22 in Colorado Springs and ends in Denver on Aug. 28. In the middle there will be stages that run from Salida to Crested Butte, Gunnison to Aspen, Avon to Steamboat Springs and Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge. The third stage — on Aug. 25 — will take place in Vail.
A total of 128 cyclists will compete in the race, which will be broadcast on Versus and partly on NBC Sports.