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Colorado Classic women’s pro cycling race is called off because of coronavirus concerns

This is getting old.  Organizers on Thursday pulled the plug on the Colorado Classic race, set for August. The decision to cancel the fourth running of the four-stage race comes less than six weeks after organizers announced a revised, made-for-TV race model that replaced expos and start-and-finish festivals with virtual events and online streaming of […]

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The Colorado Classic has world-class cyclists, big parties and four days to prove it can survive

AVON — The best women cyclists in the world are on course. Live racing video is streaming. The host cities are throwing parties. The events are stacked deep. Equity for women is the hottest topic in sports Now the question is whether Coloradans will line up to support not just the Colorado Classic’s new strategy […]

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As the women-only Colorado Classic kicks off, two star riders show how hard it is to survive in the pro peloton

Two professional cyclists, former college teammates at the University of Colorado, are racing toward a career crossroads during this week’s Colorado Classic. Heather Fischer, who led CU to a road racing national title in 2012, will race against her one-time teammate Abby Mickey when the women’s pro stage race opens Thursday in Steamboat Springs. Mickey […]

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“We want to create that Billie Jean King moment”: Colorado Classic bringing women cyclists’ stories into the light

GOLDEN — The bold move to ditch the men and focus on women for August’s Colorado Classic bike race is the first step toward a long journey that could ferry female cyclists into the realm of their sisters in soccer and tennis. It isn’t just about a bigger prize purse, which more than triples last […]

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Women-only Colorado Classic picks up big sponsor, giving the race financial stability and long-term viability

VF Corp hasn’t officially moved to town, but the giant outdoor gear company has signed on as a title sponsor of the women-only Colorado Classic bike race, signaling its commitment to playing a key role in its new community. The two-year deal announced Wednesday also puts the race on firmer financial footing than its predecessor, […]

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“Colorado is in the right place to change the game”: Colorado Classic drops men, sets up women-only pro racing event for 2019

Step aside fellas, it’s time for the women to shine as the Colorado Classic becomes a women-only bike race in 2019. The Colorado Classic bike race was forged in 2017, offered as a sustainable way to preserve professional cycling in Colorado as the seven-stage USA Pro Challenge dissolved after five years of racing across the […]