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Old 02-17-09, 09:52 AM
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Looking for Coors Classic Tour of the Moon information

Hello All,
There seems to be mass amnesia here in Grand Junction: even though it hasn't really been all that long ago that the Coors Classic came through here to do the "Tour of the Moon" stage, nobody I talk to seems to know or remember much about it. In fact the local freebee newspaper would be willing to let me write an article (for no pay, of course) on the history of the Coors Classic as it pertains to the local area if only I could find the information. So far even Google searches haven't come up with much, and a couple of emails I've sent off to Velonews haven't been replied to yet (they're probably a little tied up with AToC). So it's time to tap the vast knowledge base that is BF.

Here's what I'm trying to find out:

When did the Coors International Bicycle Classic come through Grand Junction and do the Tour of the Moon stage?

Who participated each of these years? (teams, countries of origin, riders of note)

Who won the stage that year?

Who won the overall that year?

What was the route? I understand that they may have done two laps of the Colorado National Monument, but how did they get from one end back to the other?

Other stages in the area? Somebody said there may have been downtown crit the day before, did this happen? What years?

Probably the best source on this information would have been the original race director, Michael Aisner, but I haven't found any contact information on him yet. Does anyone know how I can reach him?

I'm hoping an article on this would help the locals, riders and non-riders, appreciate the major role our town once played in sports history. Any help would be appreciated.

Any help would be....well,....helpful.

Thanks.

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Old 02-17-09, 09:54 AM
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Here's one for you, before it was Coors it was called the Red Zinger Classic.
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Aisner is on Facebook.
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Originally Posted by eofelis View Post
Who participated each of these years? (teams, countries of origin, riders of note)

Who won the stage that year?

Who won the overall that year?
I'm pretty sure the answer is "David Sommers", but Muzzin put up a hell of a fight.
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Old 02-17-09, 11:16 AM
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yeah they filmed part of the movie "american flyers" on the GJNM course.

I seem to recall they used that course at least twice. Lemme poke around my old books and see if I can find anything.
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Old 02-17-09, 11:25 AM
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ok I found the final GC's from '75 thru '81 but no details on the stages.
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
yeah they filmed part of the movie "american flyers" on the GJNM course.
I had friends in that movie.
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post

I seem to recall they used that course at least twice. .
I think they used it on every Coor's Classic and maybe even every Red Zinger. Tour of the Moon and Morgul-Bismark (also in American Flyers) were like the two most famous stages.

Check out my souveneir program from 1987 with Team Bianchi autographs...



I don't think I have this anymore but it did have maps in there.
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Sweeeeeet!!!

I saw Lemond and Hinault on the 1986 Fort Estes Stage. Still kicking myself for not getting an autograph.
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