We are just days away from the start of the 2019 Colorado Classic. This fabulous, three-day invitation-only event is sanctioned by USA Cycling and will kick off in Breckenridge on August 21 and conclude in Golden on August 23, prior to the start of the last day of racing for the USA Pro Challenge. It is the first time since 1988 that some of the best men and women in the world will be sharing courses at a major, international stage race in Colorado. And, Colorado sports enthusiasts and cycling fans around the world wait with anticipation of yet another phenomenal pro race. With stunning Colorado backdrops, high adrenaline, high altitude thrills of pro cycling, what’s more to like?
Anticipation. The Colorado Classic is the only women’s stand-alone stage race in the Western Hemisphere on the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) calendar and USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour and we are thrilled to watch it play out! The women competing in the Women’s USA Pro Challenge will include top national riders and Olympians. The women will race for the same prize money as the men and it will help lead the way for future equal winnings in races. More than a race, the Colorado Classic will act as a movement to inspire women, challenge and redefine female professional cycling, and ultimately, empower women of all ages to break the mold, and fight for their goals.
Given that BikeParts.com / Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop is located on Washington Street in the heart of downtown Golden, Colorado, we’re poised to give you the rundown on the best ways to experience this fantastic event.
First, take a look at what Stage 3 in Golden, Colorado is all about. On paper, Stage 3 in Golden looks like a sprinter’s delight with seven swift laps of a nine-mile circuit that starts and finishes under the iconic Golden arch downtown. But don’t be fooled as the short steep climb up the historic Washington St. is enough for a mini-QOM on the last lap, combined with additional rollers, add up to over 4,000’ of vertical. Look for breakaway attempts and sprint trains after the non-climbers have waited for two days to get on terrain that suits them.
Highlights of the stage include 3 intermediate sprints and time bonuses; QOM up Washington Street at the start of the last lap; Short steep hill on Washingtons Street right after the Start/Finish
And a great place to spectate is at Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop! Of course, there are many other great course-side viewing options as well. Yet, you’ll want to swing by Peak Cycles Bicycle Shop because we have a dazzling display of road bikes, mountain bikes, cycling accessories, and cycling apparel. It’s enough to make your head spin! It’s the delightful appeal that only a local, mountain town bicycle shop can provide.
Where to watch
Stage 3 will include three Fan Zones where you will get the best view of the racing. This includes the Start/Finish area; 15th and Washington and the Expo at Parfet Park.
There are other events as well!
Golden Women’s Community Ride – August 23rd, 5:30pm, a community ride, and everyone is invited. The ride will start under the Arch and make a quick trip to the Lions Park Ballfields where Movies and Music in the Park will start at 7 pm. Activities celebrating women athletes will take place before the movie. Come celebrate the city’s deep commitment to women on bikes!
Golden Movie Night – August 23, free in Lion’s Park, starting at 7 pm with music from the Sweet Lillies followed by a showing of Mary Poppins Returns at dusk under the stars, around 8:30 p.m. Also, expect some updates on the race — in person!
The Golden Farmer’s Market – August 24th, 8 am – 1 pm. Get some shopping done before the race starts!
Colorado Classic 5k presented by Altra — August 24, free fun run for anyone, any age starting at 9:00 am in Parfet Park and ending at the race finish line under the Golden Arch.
Shopping: Make good use of your day and stop by the shop. Browse through our road bikes and mountain bikes like Giant, and Specialized and check out our specialty bike parts. Our highly-rated bike parts and components have become favorites among many. You may want to make the day memorable and pick up a select few bike parts, cycling accessories, or cycling apparel. Or, ask us for details on what to do near Golden and the best local places to ride in Golden. We know the best road rides and mountain bike trails for every type of rider. Call ahead or visit us at BikeParts.com
We’re loving the good vibe the Colorado Classic brings to the sport of cycling! Wishing all racers the very best!