Photo courtesy Vail Valley Foundation coloradostagebike.com
Peloton begins to take shape for 2008 Colorado Stage International Cycle Classic
June 16, 2008 —
Call it the Coors Classic, the Red Zinger, or the inaugural Colorado Stage International Cycle Classic – whatever you call it, it’s still one of the best events Vail has ever seen.
The world’s best road bikers will once again come to the Rocky mountains this August 22-24, rekindling an old tradition which was a big part of Vail’s summer culture for many years … many years ago. For a decade Vail was host to criterium and time trial competitions as part of the Coors Classic, and now the best in the world will return again to compete in the new version of this old race.
In any given year there are only a total of 20 Pro Tour licensenses issued by the UCI (cycling’s governing body). Three of those teams, and five others, have already committed to racing this year’s event.
Signing these teams is good news for the race, which once saw many of the great names in road racing competing on the streets of Vail during the Coors Classic, including five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault, three-time Tour champion Greg Lemond, Giro d’Italia winner Andy Hampsten and Olympic bronze medalist Davis Phinney.
The Colorado Stage International Cycle Classic is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, and they’ve got a new website up and running about this event, so for more information on the Colorado Stage, visit www.coloradostagebike.com.
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