Following concerns regarding COVID-19, organizers of the cycling event have canceled the four-day race in 2021.
Colorado Classic has canceled its annual race for the second year in a row. Organizers of Colorado Classic announced on Thursday that the 2021 event will not take place. However, they are still planning to return in 2022.
"With the 2021 race season looming, the pandemic situation remains uncertain at best," said a statement from race organizers. "As such, organizers decided to not push forward with a 2021 event."
The four-day women's professional cycling race had previously canceled its 2020 event due to the pandemic. The Colorado Classic 2020 was scheduled to take place in Snowmass Village, Avon, Boulder, and Denver for the second year of a women's only race.
“In 2020, we spent months working tirelessly in conjunction with state, county and city organizations, health authorities, and the sports governing bodies to come up with a COVID mitigation plan that would ensure the health and safety for everyone," said Ken Gart, Chairman of RPM Events Group, the organizers of the Colorado Classic. "In the end, the most prudent decision was still to cancel the event. With the current situation being just as uncertain as it was last year, we don’t think it makes sense—financial or otherwise—to organize a 2021 event and risk another cancellation."
The first year of the 2019 Colorado Classic was "an overwhelming success," according to organizers. The race was attended by more than 30,000 fans. The 2019 race, which was won by overall champion Chloe Dygert-Owen, coursed through Steamboat Springs, Avon, Golden, and Denver.
“This is not an easy decision to make," said Gart. "We know that this race holds an important place on both the domestic and international race calendars, and we remain committed to our goal of being the best women’s race in the world. But we hope that by delaying the event to 2022, the pandemic will have stabilized and we’ll be able to secure the necessary financial partners to do our event justice and host another game-changing, world-class event as we did in 2019.”
Additionally, Gart assured people that the organizers' commitment to the Colorado Classic is "as strong as ever." "We continue to believe that the Colorado Classic can evolve into one of the most powerful platforms in women’s sport and we will work on achieving that goal as we set our sights on 2022."
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