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Inaugural Tour of Colorado set

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
March 25, 2008, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 21:23 BST
Edition:
Latest Cycling News, March 25, 2008

The first Tour of Colorado will be a series of seven of Colorado's most important bicycle road races...

The first Tour of Colorado will be a series of seven of Colorado's most important bicycle road races beginning Saturday, May 10th and concluding over the Labor Day Weekend. With races throughout Colorado, the Tour of Colorado brings a series of races together for not only the competitors but the spectators and host communities.

The 2008 Tour of Colorado will feature several Colorado State Championships events as well as The State Games of The West. Overall results will be kept for five of the most competitive categories and classes. The first race in the Tour of Colorado series will be the Excel Sports Sunshine Hill Climb on Saturday, May 10th in Boulder. There were well over 300 entrants in 2007.

The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic held in Durango over Memorial Day Weekend is now in its 36th year and entry space is limited. The Iron Horse features the famous Durango to Silverton Road Race, a downtown criterium and a time trial.

Several Colorado State Championship races begin the weekend of June 21 and 22 at the Fort Collins Cycling Festival. The Salida Omnium, July 25-27, is a Colorado State Championship event, as well as the State Games of The West event.

Gateway Canyons Resort will once again host the Gateway Canyons Road Cycling Festival. This August 8-10 weekend event features two popular road races, the Gateway Canyons Dolores River Classic and the Gateway Canyons Unaweep Classic. A State Championship Time Trial is also on the schedule as well as citizens rides and clinics.

The Tour of Colorado returns to Boulder on August 17th for the Excel Sports North Boulder Park Criterium. This is the only single day criterium in the Tour

Lamar will host the final event over the Labor Day Weekend, August 30-September 1st. The Santa Fe Trail Stage Race in Southeastern Colorado entails criterium, road race and time trial events.

Each Tour of Colorado event is owned, managed and sponsored separately. For specific event information go to www.tourofcolorado.com

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