The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic will implement a cap on the number of riders in the Durango to Silverton road race and tour this year. The total number of riders allowed in both the road and tour will be capped at 2,500, while the cap doesn't effect the downtown criterium which will take place on May 27.
"We are announcing the cap locally first because many locals wait until the Friday before the event to register and this year that may not be an option," said race director Gaige Sippy. "We will be distributing this information locally first and then regionally and nationally."
The decision to cap numbers was taken after the consideration of several factors - including safety and community impacts.
In the past three years the event's rider numbers have grown steadily, with some 2,300 riders taking part in last year's event. Entries for this year's race are already above 1000.
The classic kicks off on Saturday May 26, with the Durango Coca-Cola road race and McDonald's Tour. Go to www.ironhorsebicycleclassic.com for more information.