The Colorado Classics kicks off at the Mountain Plaza in picturesque Vail Village (8,150 feet above sea level), with women’s and men’s circuit races beginning at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., respectively. The course is 8.8 miles (14.2 kilometers) and will remind fans of the tight, twisty roads typically found in European races. Women will ride four laps for a total of 35.2 miles (56.7k) and 2,567 feet of climbing.
Men will race eight laps for a total of 64.1 miles (103.2k) and 4,390 feet of climbing. The technically challenging route goes east along Frontage Road, up a dirt climb on Mill Creek Road to a King and Queen of the Mountain, out to West Vail and back.