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Pro cycling race coming to Colorado in 2011

By John Henderson
The Denver Post
Posted: 07/30/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT

Major pro cycling will return to Colorado next summer for the first time since the 1988 Coors Classic, with details of a pro circuit multistage race being finalized, cycling sources confirmed Thursday.

An official announcement is expected Wednesday, sources said.

The race, tentatively scheduled for August 2011, is planned along the same level as recent tours of California and Missouri, which have attracted top teams and cyclists from around the world. The participants, name and route will be announced next week. (The Tour of Missouri was canceled this summer because of a lack of funding.)

Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion who spends much of the year in Aspen, has campaigned for a big-time cycling stage race in Colorado in recent years and met last year with Gov. Bill Ritter about trying to bring back the Coors Classic. That race, held from 1979-88, was considered one of the top races in the world at the time. It featured winners such as multi-Tour de France champions Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault.

Those in the Colorado cycling community are excited about the addition of a prestigious race. David Jacobson, manager of Turin Bicycles on Lincoln Street, lived in Vail in 1987-88 and remembers Andy Hampsten winning the East Vail time trial.

"It was super cool," Jacobson said. "It was packed. What I remember is the Morgul-Bismarck race south of Boulder. People were standing four deep."

Jacobson said the success of the race will depend on the strength of the field. It isn't known if Armstrong, who finished his final Tour de France on Sunday, will race. He has retired from the Tour, but not cycling.

"If it's all top Tour teams like the Tour of California, it'll be a huge deal, but if it's just U.S. teams, it's not such a big deal," Jacobson said.

There have been many failed attempts to revive the Coors Classic over the past 20 years, including the Saturn Cycling Classic from 2000-03 and the 2008 aborted launch of the Colorado Stage International Cycle Classic in Vail.

Here's some googled links for those who'd like to read up on what the Coors Classic was all about:

[ame=]coors classic bicycle race - Google Search[/ame]

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I volunteered on a section that ran over the Colorado Natnl Monument.
Back then, I thought those guys were NUTZ!

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This is awesome news!!! I was bummed to hear the Tour of Missouri wasn't going to happen this year, so its nice to see another domestic race taking its place.

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Here's the latest:

Top-tier pro racing back
The Colorado event will debut more than 20 years after the end of the Coors Classic.
By John Henderson
The Denver Post
Posted: 08/04/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT

During its run, the Coors Classic ran through the mountains and would attract thousands of spectators at the finish line. ( Denver Post file photo )

Welcome, Colorado cycling fans, to the Quiznos Pro Challenge.

According to the Trademarkia website, it's the official name to be given to the fledgling eight-day pro stage race that will take place in Colorado next August.

An official announcement will be made at the Colorado Capitol today at 10 a.m.

Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion, will attend and afterward lead a bike race for interested fans.

The state's first high-level pro race since the Coors Classic ended in 1988 will be sponsored by Quiznos, the Denver-based sandwich company. The race is expected to feature a number of the prime stages that highlighted the Coors Classic. Those include a time trial around east Vail, the Maroon Bells near Aspen, Copper Mountain to Vail, Tour of the Moon near Grand Junction and Morgul-Bismarck around Boulder.

The course will not be organized until race and city officials meet at a later date.

"There are some obvious areas," said Mike Plant, the founder and ex-president of Atlanta-based Medalist Sports, which will run the race. "Whether they'll be the same from start to finish, it's too early to tell."

Plant started Medalist in 1988 and left in 1993 for the Turner Broadcasting Company, where he is vice president of business operations for the Atlanta Braves. Medalist restarted in 2003 and has organized the Tour of Missouri and Tour of California.

He said it's time high-level pro cycling returned to Colorado.

"If you look at it, obviously, through the history, we produced one of the first and greatest ones in this country," said Plant, a former Colorado Springs resident who worked for the U.S. Olympic Committee. "There's a strong affiliation in the state of Colorado because of the number of people who ride and the legacy of the number of great riders.

"This has an opportunity to grow into a big event in a short period of time."

Quiznos to sponsor Tour of Colorado

Kirsten Frattini
August 4, 05:46,
August 4, 07:17

Lance Armstrong to announce event details

Expectation is mounting ahead of further details regarding the Tour of Colorado, which is said to be scheduled for late August of 2011. On the eve of the formal announcement the Denver Post has indicated the naming rights sponsor will be Quiznos.

Quiznos, a popular Denver-based sandwich shop, is a likely candidate for the role of title sponsorship. According to the Denver Post the title of the Quiznos Pro Challenge was confirmed through

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has expressed an interest a bringing a stage race like the Coors Classic, held between 1979 and 1988, back to Colorado. He met with Colorado Governor Bill Ritter last year to build support for a proposed event in 2011, and will hold a press conference with Ritter later today.

"Basically I told [Ritter], from an exposure and economic and enthusiasm standpoint, the state of Colorado should have a bike race," said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of Team Garmin-Transitions in the Denver Post article.

"It's ridiculous that California has the biggest race in the US, and Colorado only has a couple of medium-level local events," he added.

In recent years UCI racing in America has been promoted and subsequently demoted, with several events such as the Tour de Georgia and Tour of Missouri - both managed by Medalist Sport, LLC - and the Tour de New York.

The Amgen Tour of California remains the most successful UCI-ranked race on the North American continent.

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Lance Armstrong to announce Colorado bicycle race

7 time Tour De France winner will bring 8-day, pro circuit bicycle race to Colorado next year. Invites cyclists to ride with him after the announcement.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Lance Armstrong will be at the State Capitol on Wednesday morning to announce a pro cycling race will be coming to Colorado next year. Armstrong and Governor Ritter have been working to get a race for Colorado similar to the Coors Classic of yesteryear. It's not known who will be sponsoring the race this time around.

Armstrong tweeted the following message to his fans:

"Denver! Join me & Gov Ritter @ the Capitol 4 an exciting announcement Wed @10am. Bring ur bike because qwe're all going for a ride after."

Sources tell 850 KOA the race will be an 8-day stage race that will run in August. It may take the place of the Tour of Missouri on the pro circuit. With Armstrong's clout, many of the world's best riders ould take part in the race.
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