Colorado Classic Extends Invitation to Top-ranked Domestic Elite Team
January 15, 2020
Team that tops USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour ranking by June 1, 2020 to receive invitation at world-class event
DENVER, JANUARY 15, 2020 – In an effort to continue supporting the development of women’s cycling in the US, the Colorado Classic® presented by VF Corporation today announced that it will reserve one team invitation to its world-class stage race for the top-ranked domestic elite team in USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour as of June 1, 2020.
“The Colorado Classic’s decision to invite the top Domestic Elite Women’s Team provides a unique opportunity for developing teams to battle it out for a spot at one of America’s most exciting pro races, while showcasing women’s professional racing and USA Cycling Pro Road Tour,” said Chuck Hodge, USA Cycling’s Chief of Racing & Events.
The Colorado Classicmade a successful debut as an all-women’s professional stage race in 2019, offering unprecedented financial support, challenging courses, world-class competition, global exposure and start-to-finish live TV coverage. The four-day stage race will be back this summer on August 27-30, 2020.
With a 2.1 classification by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the Colorado Classic is the only women’s standalone UCI stage race in North America, and a participating event in USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour.
Last year’s race saw participation from around the globe, including world-class teams such as Canyon-SRAM, Cogeas – Mettler Pro Cycling Team, Rally UHC Cycling and Team Tibco. For 2020, the race organizers have 16 team invitations to extend, one of which they’re reserving for the domestic elite team that leads USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour after the first eight races, and hasn’t already received an invitation.
In a partnership with USA Cycling, the Colorado Classichopes to provide an opportunity for developing riders to showcase themselves against some of the sport’s biggest teams and riders.
“We anticipate having an even stronger international, world-class field of teams and riders this year. However, we want to continue to support the development of women’s racing in the U.S. and look forward to providing a domestic elite team the great opportunity to showcase their riders and sponsors in a race that will be streamed online around the world,” said Sean Petty, Colorado Classic Race Director.
This incentive is part of Colorado Classic’s greater aim to be more than a race, and act as a movement to inspire women, challenge and redefine female professional cycling, and ultimately, empower women of all ages to break the mold, and fight for their goals.
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About the Colorado Classic
The Colorado Classic® presented by VF Corporation is America’s premier all-women’s professional road cycling race taking place August 27-30, 2020. Our goal is to be the best women’s race in the world while developing a year-round platform that celebrates and empowers female athletes. We are more than a race, we are a movement that is changing the world through the power of women’s sport.
About RPM Events Group
RPM Events Group LLC is a Colorado-based company committed to re-imagining professional cycling events while providing meaningful social and economic impact. The company owns and organizes the Colorado Classic® presented by VF Corporation — a world-class women’s pro road race coming August 27-30, 2020 — the only UCI women’s road race in North America and on the USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour. www.rpmeventsgroup.com
About USA Cycling
USA Cycling is a proud member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Within the United States, USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. With a mission to develop the sport of cycling in the United States and to achieve sustained international racing success, USA Cycling supports cyclists at all levels, from those just beginning in the sport and participating in fun rides to seasoned professionals. The organization not only identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition, but also supports amateur bike racing through grassroots development programs and the provision of critical infrastructure to run organized racing.