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Colorado Classic Vail

Some of the best men and women’s pro bicycle racers in the world converge on Vail for the first two stages of the 2018 Colorado Classic on August 16 and 17. The UCI-sanctioned 2.HC race will challenge riders with a thrilling circuit through town and time trial up Vail pass. Fans can also enjoy a companion music and cycling festival in town. The event moves to Denver August 18-19 for the final two stages.

Races & Festivities (more to be announced)

Thursday Aug 16, 2018 8:00 am

Colorado Classic Vail


Everything you need to know regarding the Colorado Classic Vail.

The Colorado Classic pro cycling tour will provide excitement, energy, economic benefits and global marketing for our resort town when it arrives Aug 16-17 in Vail. The event is part of a 4-day tour which includes two days of racing Aug. 18-19 in Denver. The event also coincides with headliner music at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Aug. 17-18, as well as expos and ancillary events throughout.

  • Day 1 (Aug 16) is a men’s and women’s circuit race through Vail Village.
  • Day 2 (Aug 17) is a men’s and women’s time trial up Vail Pass.

The event then moves to Denver for two days of racing, concerts, and more Aug. 18-19

Pro cycling in in Vail’s DNA – has been and likely always will be a part of life in the Town of Vail, and it is a significant reason why Vail summers are well-known throughout the world. Therefore, pro cycling is an economic pillar of our community.

The Colorado Classic is continuing a heritage of pro cycling that began in 1975 with the Red Zinger race which became the Coors Classic.

The Colorado Classic will feature recommended spectator areas that organizers will encourage spectators to gather for ideal viewing and experience. This will significantly minimize spectator presence in neighborhoods.

The Colorado Classic races will create temporary transportation delays in select neighborhoods during the race window. Emergency ingress/egress, including access to Vail Health hospital, will always be allowed but there will be delays with guests or homeowners getting in and out of their hotels, condos or homes in non-emergency situations.

The village circuit race concept was approved in December by Vail Town Council, and the finalization of the route was created and approved by a wide range of Vail stakeholders over the course of several months. These stakeholders include, but were not limited to: Vail PD, TOV Town Manager, TOV Public Works, CDOT, USFS, Vail Resorts, Vail Health, Colorado State Patrol, Vail Fire, TOV Streets, ECPS, TOV Transit/Parking, Vail Rec District, CSE, etc.

Vail Police Dept. Officer Alan Hernandez will serve as the Colorado Classic neighborhood liaison point of contact, and in the coming months will help residents address special health, emergency, or other transportation needs that may occur during the race window, and will help communicate information and updates to the community. His email address is ahernandez at vailgov.comand his phone number is 970-306-9602.

There will be a modified bus schedule and parking access calendar for the event. Details to be announced soon.

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