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Old 11-03-07, 04:01 PM   #1
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Colorado gets a stage race (again)

A quote from cyclingnews.com

One of the most exciting new races is the Colorado Stage race, scheduled for mid-August. The race will bring top-level road racing back to the state that is a road cycling paradise and houses the U.S. governing body, but ironically does not have a major UCI event. The three stages over three days will hearken back to the top level of racing from twenty-plus years ago, starting with a road race from Breckenridge to Beaver Creek, a circuit race in and around Vail Village and a time trial up the old Coors Classic course heading towards Vail Pass.

John Dakin of the Vail Valley Foundation, organizers of the event, said that the race has been upgraded to a 2.1 status and that this idea has been brewing for many years. "Road cycling has been on the burner for the foundation and Colorado for a while now," he said. "Vail was an annual stop for the Coors Classic, the mountain bike world championships were here and we have always hoped there would be cycling in the future for us. Finally we are able to pull the trigger on it."

While the race does not yet have a title sponsor, something that was a problem for many races last year, the organizers have confidence based upon their many years of promoting world cup ski races and their partnership with Medalist Sports. "We will be working with Medalist Sports and we feel that combined with our organization it will be a strong. We run the world cup ski events every year so we bring sponsorship experience."
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Old 11-03-07, 04:16 PM   #2
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Excellent. Me and my Coors Classic jersey will be in attendance. Links?
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Old 11-03-07, 06:58 PM   #3
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Links indeed. I'd drive down there to officiate for free!
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Old 11-03-07, 07:20 PM   #4
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Gift horse and all...

... But Three stages?
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so can I race it too, or is a superpro only thing?
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Old 11-04-07, 01:49 PM   #6
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If they have a cat 3 category, I will be there so hard.

Maybe I'll just watch or maye volunteer...but man, that sounds sweet.
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I did find this http://www.vvf.org/vvf/info/events.athletic.cycle.aspx
but it does not, at this time, have much more info. Also remember that 3 or 4 years ago, Vail said the same thing. A bunch of UCI teams were going to race there (including Armstrong). I made reservations and was really looking forward to it but they canceled. Not enough money to pull it off.
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A quote from the bottom of the page above...

"A Citizen's Ride will be incorporated into the schedule, which will wind its way through the valley, taking participants on a challenging and enjoyable tour of the western portion of the Vail Valley, while a major cycling expo will also be a key component of the festivities."

Very cool....I plan on being there...
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