The race is scheduled for August 27-30.
It appears the women's Colorado Classic bike race is still going to run this year, but like most sports right now, it's going to be very different.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, race officials have announced it is still on track to happen, but spectators will not be allowed. With a focus on health and well-being first, race officials are making plans for a Made-for-TV model, so fans can stream the action even if they can't be there. The plan must be approved by state, county, and city health departments.
"An event cancellation or postponement was explored, but as a last resort. And while it would be the easiest thing to do, we feel a strong commitment and promise to the athletes, the communities and our partners. Our decision to move forward with the modified model aligns with our mission of ongoing support and advancement for women’s cycling. We feel that the athletes need something positive to work towards and we want to be that glimmer of hope for both the peloton and the citizens of the communities in which we race,” said Lucy Diaz, CEO of the RPM Events Group, LLC.
The four-stage race is the only standalone women’s professional stage road bike race in North America. Last year was the first year the race adopted the women-only model, and it was a success.
The race starts in Snowmass Village, moving to Avon, and then coming down the mountain to Boulder and finishing in Denver. While there is generally much fanfare and several events for the fans during race week, this year it is all canceled. The Start/Finish Expo Festivals and hospitality tents and services will be eliminated this year.
However, that doesn't mean that there won't be great racing and fun to be had.
According to the Colorado Classic officials, the event will provide free, start-to-finish coverage distributed by dozens of outlets world-wide with some new features such as immersive point-of-view cameras, Zoom watch parties, super-fan simulcasts, guest commentator drop-ins, and behind-the-scenes coverage of pre- and post-race activities.
"The infrastructure around this year’s race will be scaled back but our top priority is to create an opportunity for world-class competition in an environment that best supports and focuses on the health and well-being of riders and staff," said Diaz.
You can find out more race information on the Colorado Classic website.