Colorado Classic Vail | Vail Valley Foundation

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

Friday Aug 17, 2018 8:00 am

Gravel Fondo

Friday Aug 17, 2018 7:00 pm

The Jerry Garcia Birthday Band

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Saturday Aug 18, 2018 7:00 pm

The Jerry Garcia Birthday Band

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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.


Yes! We are actively searching for volunteers for both stages of the Colorado Classic pro cycling event.

Cheer on your favorite riders from right in the heart of the action while volunteering for the Colorado Classic Vail stages. Junior Volunteers (8-18 years old) are welcome.

Learn more and reserve your spot as a Colorado Classic Vail stage volunteer here.


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 Michael Chon 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 mchon@vailgov.com and his phone number is 970-306-2466.

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


ROAD CLOSURES:
Stage 1 | August 16 | 9am-3pm
  • South Frontage Road West between East Lionshead Circle and the Conoco Service Station
  • Westhaven Drive at South Frontage Road West
  • Forest Road from Rockledge Road to South Frontage Road West
  • All of Rockledge Road
  • Vail Road between South Frontage Road and Forest Road
  • Vail Road from Gore Creek Drive to Mill Creek Tunnel
  • All of East Meadow Drive
  • All of Gore Creek Drive (Includes all points east of Vail Valley Drive, including Vail Trails Condos, All Seasons Condos and Texas Townhomes)
  • NO access to Hanson Ranch Road
  • All of Vail Valley Drive
  • All of Chalet Road
  • All of Ptarmigan Road
  • All of Eagle’s Nest Circle
  • All of Homestake Circle
  • All of Hornsilver Circle/Cabin Circle
  • All of Springhill Lane
  • All of Golf Terrace
  • NO access to Mill Creek Circle
  • South Frontage Road East from Vail Valley Drive (Blue Cow Chute) to Vail Valley Drive (Pulis Bridge)
Stage 2 | August 17 | 9am-3pm
  • Vail Road to Gore Creek Drive, from entrance to Mill Creek Tunnel
  • All of Gore Creek Drive
  • South Frontage Road East from Vail Road to Vail Valley Drive (Blue Cow Chute), is subject to closure pending parking needs
  • Vail Valley Drive from Gore Creek Drive to South Frontage Road East
  • Portions of South Frontage Road East from Vail Valley Drive (Blue Cow Chute) to Vail Valley Drive (Pulis Bridge) – westbound traffic only
  • South Frontage Road East from Vail Valley Drive (Pulis Bridge), east to Bighorn Road
  • NO access to Aspen Lane/Booth Creek Drive, Bald Mountain/Manns Ranch Roads, Booth Falls Road or Katsos Ranch Road
  • Interstate 70 180 (East Vail) Interchange, full closure in both directions
  • NO eastbound traffic on Bighorn Road, which is closed at all East Vail intersections (Only open to neighborhood emergency traffic, westbound only)

BUS ROUTES:
Stage 1 | August 16 | 9am-3pm
  • Sandstone will have normal service
  • In-Town and Golf Course buses will not operate
  • West Vail Red & Green are being re-routed
  • East Vail will have modified service every 10 minutes
Stage 2 | August 17 | 9am-3pm
  • Sandstone will have normal service
  • In-Town will run from the top of Vail Transportation Center to Lionshead
  • Golf Course buses will not operate
  • West Vail Red & Green have normal service
  • East Vail will have modified service every 10 minutes

NO CHANGES TO EMERGENCY SERVICES

Emergency services will have full access to race areas during both race stages.



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