In its second year on the UCI calendar, the 2.HC Colorado Classic men's race has attracted 15 teams for the four-day race that runs from August 16-19 in Vail and Denver. The Colorado Classic has also expanded its women's race to four stages this year, attracting 14 women's teams.
Men's WorldTour teams EF Education First-Drapac, Trek-Segafredo, Mitchelton-Scott and LottoNL-Jumbo will join five Pro Continental teams, five Continental teams and the Rwandan National Team on the start line in Vail on August 16.
"We are excited to have such a competitive field - including four WorldTour teams - for the second annual Colorado Classic," said David Koff, CEO of race organisers RPM Events Group. "With increased demand for teams from a crowded international race calendar, our ability to attract high-caliber teams is a true testament to Colorado's attraction as a world class cycling destination."
Manuel Senni, riding for BMC Racing, won the men's overall last year. In 2017, the women competed in the Colorado Springs and Breckenridge circuits and had separate evening criteriums in Denver's RiNo Arts District on the weekend. The stage race was won by Rally's Sara Poidevin.
"We're building one of the premier pro cycling events in North America for women as well as men, and the caliber of this year's women's teams - coupled with expanding from two to four stages - is an important step in the process," Koff said.
Both men's and women's races will begin August 16 with a circuit race in Vail, followed the next day by the Vail Pass individual time trial.
Both races will then move to Denver on Saturday, August 18, when the men will compete on a Denver to Lookout Mountain out-and-back course, and the women will race a criterium. Both stage races will conclude Sunday, August 19, with a final circuit race through the RiNo Art District and downtown Denver to City Park.
"Drawing a high-caliber field to Colorado is helped by the state's deep history with bike racing, the quality of courses and the passion of cycling fans," said Race Director Jim Birrell. "The Colorado Classic is building on that to create a race that will be memorable for spectators and teams alike."
The race also runs in conjunction with the Velorama, a three-day celebration of the bike and music August 17-19 at 27th and Blake Streets in the RiNo Art District. Velorama features headliner and local bands; cycling events; an interactive Bike Expo with test tracks; Kids Zone; craft beer, wine and hard cider from local breweries; cuisine from 25 local food trucks; and the start/finish of the Colorado Classic on Saturday and Sunday and the women's pro criterium on Saturday.
UCI WorldTour Teams
EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
UCI Pro Continental Teams
Hagens Berman Axeon
Holowesko-Citadel p/b Arapahoe Resources
Israel Cycling Academy
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team
UCI Continental Teams
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
Silber Pro Cycling
Team Rwanda Cycling
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team*
Twenty20 p/b Sho-Air*
ALP Cycles Women's Racing Team
Amy D. Foundation
CONADE - Specialized-Visit Mexico
Point S Auto-Nokian Tyres
QCW Cycling Team
Stages Cycling Team