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About The Tour

The Tour de Steamboat is an annual bicycle event that brings together 1,200 cyclists for a one-day ride through beautiful Northwest Colorado. We host three different road ride routes—26, 46, and 66. We also host 2 gravel routes, a 100 mile, and a new 50 Mile route. See our Routes page for more details. There is something for riders of all ages and abilities. We are a non-competitive event, and participants are encouraged to ride at their own pace and enjoy the majestic scenery in our part of the world! We offer superb aid stations, support, and end of the ride barbecue and craft beer garden.

All proceeds from the Tour de Steamboat go directly to our beneficiary non-profits.

The Tour de Steamboat is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit entity with its entire focus on raising money for local, Routt County community non-profit organizations. These beneficiary agencies provide staff to plan and market the event, implement additional fundraising mechanisms, and assist with event operations. The beneficiaries are also committed to paying it forward. Every year, the beneficiary non-profits choose other local beneficiary organizations to receive a portion of the event proceeds. 

The Return of a Colorado Classic

Lance Armstrong announces the return of professional road racing to Colorado.

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Big time professional bike racing made a first step toward its triumphant return to Colorado on a sun splashed Wednesday in front of the State Capitol in downtown Denver.

At just a few minutes past 10 a.m., Governor Bill Ritter confirmed a long-time rumor. Beginning in 2011, the Centennial State will play host to a UCI-sanctioned seven-day stage race that's expected to attract a mix of top-level European teams and the best U.S. based squads. The event's dubbed the Quiznos Pro Challenge, and is sponsored by the nationwide chain of sandwich shops based in Denver. The race date is August 22-28.

PHOTO: Crowds flocked to the state capitol for a chance to ride with Lance.

"Colorado has some of the best geography in the world for an event like this," said Ritter in front a crowd of several hundred enthusiastic on-lookers, most of them dressed in cycling gear in anticipation of the post-announcement ride Lance Armstrong had organized via Twitter.

No detailed specifics were revealed in terms of the course layout or the length of the sponsorship deal, but a Quiznos' spokesperson said the company was in for the long term. The new race effectively replaces the Tour of Missouri, which was cancelled in the spring after the state opted to withdraw its support.

Medalist Sports, a Georgia-based events company, will manage the Quiznos Pro Challenge. Medalist also manages operations at the Tour of California, and held a similar capacity with the now-defunct Tours of Missouri and Georgia.

Armstrong, who played an integral role in getting the new race off the ground, joined Ritter in making the announcement. The seven-time Tour de France winner will play a yet-to-be determined role in the race's management. Armstrong said he originally came up with the idea during a training ride in 2009 while he was preparing for the Giro d'Italia. He thought it was time to bring a major race back to Colorado. Shortly after, he reached out to the Governor. The fruits of that outreach were unveiled today.

PHOTO: Davis Phinney, Connie Carpenter, and Ron Kiefel turned out for the announcement. 

“People always ask me what I think about when I’m out riding,” said Armstrong, who received an enthusiastic greeting from the crowd. “Well I think about a lot of things, and one day while I was out on long ride, I thought to myself there is such great history of cycling in Colorado, so why is there not a pro stage race in this state. I kept thinking about it. And eventually I decided I’m going to call the governor.”

That might sound like a bold first step. But it turns out Colorado’s outgoing governor is a cycling buff himself, having first been exposed to the sport during the Coors Classic’s heyday, which coincided with Ritter’s time at the University of Colorado at Boulder law school. Ritter stood course-side during the famed Morgul Bismark stage and caught the cycling bug.

“When the governor told me that story, I knew I’d called the right guy,” said Armstrong, who worked closely with Ritter during the last year to bring the new race to reality. “Today is both a birth and a rebirth of a classic event… Back in the day, the Europeans didn’t want to come to the U.S. It was a long trip, it was a big hassle, and it didn’t mean anything to their sponsors. But that’s not the case anymore. I can tell you that the best Europeans will be lined up to come here. This is a great day for the sport of cycling.”

Whether Armstrong is among that group is another matter. He’s called his recent failed bid to win an eighth Tour de France the end of his time in top level European cycling.

“But that’s not to say I can’t do some events in the U.S. or internationally that are tied in closely to the things that I care about,” he said. “But the thing about next August is a lot of those racers will be fresh off doing the Tour de France. So the question will be, ‘Do I, having not done the Tour, want to jump in and race against them.’ It’s not that easy to just jump in. So would I like to? Yes. But will I be fit enough? Probably not. We’ll see. Never say never.”

PHOTO: Armstrong hasn't ruled out competing in the inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge.

Even if Armstrong’s role in the inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge is strictly ceremonial, expect a strong field to take on the seven-day race. Medalist managing partner Jim Birrell, who will likely serve as race director for the Colorado event, figures 15-16 teams of eight will make up the Colorado peloton. And of those teams, “at least five will be top international teams,” said Birrell.

As a point of reference, at the 2009 Tour of Missouri, held at the beginning of September, six of the 15 teams were ProTour: Astana, Garmin, Liquigas, Quick Step, Saxo Bank and Columbia-HTC. Pro continental squads Cervélo TestTeam and BMC also contested the event’s final running. Top riders included overall winner Dave Zabriskie, points champ Thor Hushovd, Mark Cavendish and Levi Leipheimer. It’s not unthinkable that the new Colorado event could attract a similar level of cycling talent. But where the inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge is headed is less clear. Birrell expects Denver to host the finish of the seventh and final stage, but everything prior is still undecided.

“We just finished up the ‘request for proposals’ and that is being sent out this afternoon statewide,” Birrell explained of the host city selection process. “Then we’ll just start going through the process like we’d do with Missouri, California or Georgia. The objective will be to create a scenic course, a competitive course, and one that captures the iconic images of the state of Colorado. Designing a course that caters to both the sprinters and the climbers is going to be our challenge. We can’t spend all our time in the mountains.”

The goal is to have the route finalized in time for the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas in September, added Birrell.

A who’s who of Colorado cycling luminaries came out to be part of the announcement and the giant Twitter group ride afterwards. Among the notables on hand were USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson, Davis Phinney, Connie Carpenter, Ron Kiefel and former Coors Classic race director Michael Aisner. “After 22 years, to finally have a major international event back in Colorado, this is an amazing day,” said Aisner, whose smile shown bright under the brim of a yellow Livestrong baseball cap. “The timing is right, the people are right, Lance is right, the Governor is right and Colorado is right.”

About 15 minutes after the ceremony wrapped up, Armstrong and Ritter emerged from the south side of the Capitol building to lead a giant group ride to Washington Park and back. They were joined by several thousand cyclists, all of them enjoying closed roads on the way to the park and back. It was a fitting cap to what appears to be the beginning of something very big for cycling in Colorado and beyond.

"This a great day for Colorado and the sport of cycling," said USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson. "Events like this help bring the sport to the people. And just like the Coors Classic did, events like this will be responsible for creating future American cycling champions."

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There's a cycling event in Colorado for every type of cyclist

Not every cycling event in Colorado is for lunatics though. For 35 years, Elephant Rock had been one of the largest and most respected cycling events in Colorado, drawing thousands of cyclists to Castle Rock, CO without including any mountain passes in its route. The event, held for the last time in 2022, was part of the Outside Events Cycling Series.

The Outside Cycling Series, which is now The Ride Collective , rolls camaraderie, challenge and community into stellar bike rides in the Front Range and beyond and includes premier bike rides such as:

  • Copper Triangle.
  • Tour of the Moon.

Copper Triangle in Summit County offers a classic alpine cycling course that was a word-of-mouth favorite of locals for many years before it became an organized event.

Tour of the Moon delivers a course featured in the movie American Flyers and made famous by the storied 1980s Coors Classic. The Tour of the Moon takes riders on a turn through the exotic Colorado National Monument and the high desert scenery around Grand Junction.

There are plenty of younger and well-established century rides and gran fondos in Colorado that appeal to the determined athlete and enthusiast, as well. They include bike rides such as:

  • The Buffalo Bicycle Classic in Boulder.
  • Colorado’s original and largest all-women’s bike ride Venus de Miles , up in Lyons.
  • The Denver Century Ride in, you guessed it, the Mile High City.

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If you're a gravel lover, The Ride Collective also presents two gravel events — the high alpine Crooked Gravel and the high desert Wild Horse Gravel — which complement several other rugged, rutty, rocky, sandy and steep Colorado crunchy celebrations, including the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic with its gravel, mountain and road events.

Legendary Colorado cycling doesn't always involve a mountain summit

Colorado also abounds with several charity bike rides, including Pedaling 4 Parkinsons, the Tour de Cure supporting the American Diabetes Association and the Courage Classic in Summit County, which raises money for Children's Hospital Colorado.

There is also the Tour de Steamboat , in Steamboat Springs of course, which helps local, Routt County non-profits, and the Mountains to the Desert Classic in Telluride, which is the primary fundraiser for the Just for Kids Foundation.

Each of the charity rides attracts hundreds to thousands of riders each year without having to call upon the allure of intense pain.

But if you are a person who enjoys throwing yourself uphill and accumulating big numbers in cumulative elevation gain, these century rides are right up your hilly alley.

There’s the Stonewall Century in La Veta, CO. 102 miles, 7,500 feet of elevation gain, and the soul crushing backside of Cucharas Pass toward the end of the ride. The grade of this cruel climb includes a mile-long section exceeding 10 percent.

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The Park 2 Park Challenge rides in with more than 11,200 feet of climbing in its 100 miles of brutality each July, but if you want elevation without lots of distance, the The Broadmoor Cycle to the Summit will give you just that each August — 4,275 feet of climbing in 12.42 miles as you race up Pikes Peak.

Clearly, Colorado’s cycling events and century rides attract hordes of cyclists wanting to test themselves on the steeps of the Rocky Mountains. But there are other century rides and bike events in Colorado that sing to the climbing soul without climbing a literal mountain.

The 719 Ride in Colorado springs is one of the most challenging single-day bicycle events in colorado

In fact, the 719 Ride in Colorado Springs is one of the most challenging single-day road cycling events in Colorado. With an Epic Climbing Score* of 127.82, there is no rest from the climbing. The amount of up is so ridiculous, it’s awesome!

The signature ride, a measly 71.9 miles, logs 9,190 feet of climbing and allows cyclists to earn points in the Gran Fondo category of the SUAREZ Gran Fondo National Series.

The physical and mental challenge at the 719 Ride is immense. But the beauty of the event is that riders can choose their own adventure.

The 719 Ride has 14 ride options from 14 miles to 200 miles that allow cyclists to do as much damage to their legs as their minds will allow. There’s even a do-it-yourself option , if you're not in Colorado or can’t make the ride start.

If you only do one bike event this year, you should choose the 719 Ride . It's a stunning experience. We recommend it 719%.

Participants in the 2023 719 Ride receive a discount of $7.19 on registration for The Broadmoor Cycle to the Summit, along with many other registration benefits .

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What Have Past Riders Said about the 719 Ride?

"I have lived in COS for 23 years and have been an active runner and cyclist and can say this is one of the better events around. I love how it's truly community driven but still offers guys like myself a chance to rip some fast laps." — Cody Hill, SRM PowerMeters
"As far as I'm concerned, the 719 Ride is the ultimate event around." — Al Marshall, 6X I Cinque Giri Finisher (2018-2023)
"I have done the Triple Bypass, Copper Triangle, Mt. Evans Hill Climb, Elephant Rock, and Pikes Peak. 719 Ride is Number One!" — Mark Ayers, 2020 I Cinque Giri Finisher
"The most well organized, best signaged, friendliest ride I've done in CO - and I've done lots and lots of road cycle events over 40yrs in CO." — 2023 event participant (name withheld by request)

There is no way to beat the 719 Ride. If you disagree, you didn't do enough laps.

Colorado cycling events calendars.

For a month-to-month list of Colorado cycling events and century rides, the Bicycle Colorado events calendar is a comprehensive resource. And for Colorado bike races, the USA Cycling and BikeReg event calendars are worth having in your saddle bag, if you race with a saddle bag.

*Epic Climbing Score

The Epic Climbing Score (ECS) is a simple calculation for comparing the amount of climbing a bike event has. The equation is total elevation gain divided by total distance. The ECS doesn’t indicate one event is better than another, or even easier or harder. There are tons of factors and considerations that help make a century, gran fondo or other event fun, compelling and awesome to ride.

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Comparing the 719 Ride ECS to Other Colorado Cycling Events

  • The Broadmoor Cycle to the Summit — 4,725' of elevation gain in 12.4 miles. It's the King of Excess (380.43 ECS).
  • Bob Cook Memorial Mount Evans Hill Climb — 7,000' of elevation gain in 28 miles. It is truly excessive (250 ECS).
  • The 719 Ride (I Cinque Giri) — A five-lap celebration of elevation (127.82 of ECS)
  • Park 2 Park Challenge — 11,251' of elevation gain in 99.4 miles. 113.19 ECS.
  • Triple Bypass — 120 miles and three mountain passes for those who dare. 10,990' of total elevation gain. 91.58 ECS.
  • Buffalo Cycling Classic Buff Epic — 102 miles. 8,729' of elevation gain. 85.58 ECS.
  • Copper Triangle — 6,500' of elevation gain. Three mountain passes. 79 miles. 82.28 ECS.
  • Stonewall Century — Out and back over Cucharas Pass. 102 miles and 7,500' of elevation gain. 73.53 ECS.
  • Tour of the Moon — 64 miles. Three tunnels bored through solid rock. Nearly 4,000' of elevation gain. 61.68 ECS.

A Colorado Springs Original

First conceived and ridden in 2016, the 719 Ride aspires to be a bicycle event that contributes to the culture and community of Colorado Springs. FORZA Colorado Springs!

Riding in the draft of many great and long-established Colorado cycling events , this Colorado Springs Original hopes to become a positive part of the Colorado Springs tradition and identity while celebrating the tradition, lore and culture of cycling and helping set the pace for cycling fun in the Rocky Mountain region.

The 719 Ride is the official cycling event of the Rocky Mountain State Games and is an official partner event in the 2024 Suarez Gran Fondo National Series and 2024 Gran Fondo World Tour.

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Biking is a popular activity here in the Centennial State. No matter if it’s road cycling or mountain biking, Colorado residents love to ride around on two wheels. There are a variety of races that occur in the state that cater to all different kinds of skill levels. The races on this list vary from challenging mountain rides to fun and family-friendly cruises. These 9 best cycling races in Colorado will inspire you to get out on a bike course this summer season. 

Starlight Spectacular, Colorado Springs, CO

This nighttime bike race located in Colorado Springs is a fun ride for all ages. Choose either a 14 or 22-mile route, which both start and end at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. Come decked out in costume and illuminated bikes to this fun bike race that benefits the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

Denver Century Ride, Denver, CO

Ride through Denver’s metro streets, greenways and mountain trails at the Denver Century Ride. This biking fest offers the option of five to 100-mile courses, catering to nearly any skill level. Kids will enjoy the bike parade, while all guests can benefit from the bike clinics and bike demos featured during race day. 

Tour de Steamboat, Steamboat Springs, CO

Located in the beautiful city of Steamboat Springs, the Tour de Steamboat is a 40 and 110-mile race through the Yampa River Valley. Nearly 1,000 cyclists come to the city for this one-day bike race. Live music and a barbecue dinner are waiting for participants at the race’s end. 

Mount Evans Hill Climb

The Mount Evans Hill Climb is a challenging race that climbs more than 7,000 feet in elevation in 28 miles. Racers ride up Mount Evans Scenic Byway and are greeted with incredible views of the Continental Divide. Riders have been doing this scenic yet demanding race for nearly 50 years. 

Courage Classic, Copper Mountain, CO

This three-day, 157-mile race begins and finishes at Copper Mountain. If you aren’t ready to commit to this challenging tour, there is a 24-mile family ride too. Almost 2,000 riders complete this incredible race every year. The route takes riders on backcountry roads and mountain passes. This race supports the Children’s Hospital Colorado. 

Triple Bypass, Evergreen, CO

The Triple Bypass race is a difficult endeavor, taking riders through three mountain passes and 10,000 feet of elevation gain within 120 miles. Starting in Evergreen, cyclists ride to Avon. 

Ride the Rockies

This popular event is a week-long expedition that occurs every year. The route changes every year but you should definitely count on the fact that the ride will be a challenge. Ride the Rockies is usually around 400 to 500 miles with 30,000 feet in elevation change. Due to its popularity, only 2,000 registrants are awarded the lottery.

Copper Triangle, Copper, CO

With 6,000 feet of climbing in 78 miles, the Copper Triangle is a race that takes riders from Copper through Leadville and Minturn. This ride is considered one of Colorado’s classic alpine road races that is guaranteed to offer breathtaking views. 

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This grueling mountain bike race is recommended only for those in top physical condition. The Leadville Trail 100 MTB is a popular biking race that is nothing less than a challenge. Riders have 12 hours to complete 100 miles of dirt trail. The race is only open to 2,000 riders. This incredible event requires cyclists to climb 18,000 feet in elevation. 

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Quintessentially Colorado: The Copper Triangle

The Copper Triangle

By A.V. Schmit

Now in its 16th year, the 79-mile loop travels from Copper Mountain to Leadville to  Minturn over Vail Pass and back to Copper Mountain. The Copper Triangle is the quintessential Colorado cycling challenge. The route traverses some of Colorado’s most beautiful alpine scenery and climbs historic Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass and Vail Pass. While it is not a “Century” in the traditional 100-mile sense of the word, The Copper Triangle is a worthy cycling challenge, one that gives as much as it requires of you. Oh, and it’s a fundraiser for the Davis Phinney Foundation, as well.

“This year, 2,100 riders from 41 states and the United Kingdom took the start line for this year’s Copper Triangle,” said Scott Olmsted, Senior Director of Event Operations, Outside Events. “The youngest rider was 11 years old, and the oldest was 82.”

Don’t let the climbs intimidate you, because just like the song says, “what goes up, must come down.” The downhills on The Copper Triangle are just a delight for the senses.

The ride passes historic Camp Hale, where US Army soldiers of the 10 th Mountain Division trained during WWII, the weathered rocks of Battle Mountain and over the historic Red Cliff Bridge. The iconic landmarks and the stunning scenery make The Copper Triangle special, but at it is core it is a bike ride. A ride that will challenge you with 6,500 vertical feet of climbing over the distance of the ride.

With the unpredictable nature of alpine weather in the afternoon, luck favors the rider willing to get up early and get on the road. I’m not gonna’ candy coat it, starting a 79-mile bike ride at 6:30 in the morning when the temperature is a chilly 44 degrees is not easy. And there is always a balance to be struck, wearing enough clothing to be comfortable at the start of The Copper Triangle, and having so much on that as the temperatures rise you don’t have enough room in your jersey pockets to stow it all.

I tend to error on the side of, “meh, I’ll be a little cold at the start. But I won’t have so much on that I’m trying to stuff a small suitcase of ‘warmers’ into my jersey pockets.”

The Copper Triangle starts in the village at Copper Mountain ski area and makes an abrupt right turn as you leave the Alpine Lot as it heads up Highway 91 to Fremont  Pass. This climb is moderate, averaging 3 percent throughout the 11-mile ascent.

Officers from The Colorado Highway Patrol did yeoman’s work keeping riders safe, by ferrying car traffic up and down the pass in caravans in the opposite lane of traffic than the riders. It’s a great comfort, especially in the low light of the early morning, to know the CHP is on patrol.

As the sun began to crest over the mountains and the mist clinging to the valley started to break up, it really is a sight to behold. Once the sun begins to shine on the riders, the pavement begins to dry and you begin to warm up. Before you know it, you will have climbed to 11,300 feet and the summit of Fremont  Pass, site of the Climax Molybdenum Mine. The largest Molybdenum mine in the world, which opened in 1915.

When you hear the term chromoly, the “moly” stands for Molybdenum. It is primarily used in making Steel, which makes it stronger and more corrosion resistant.

Next, it’s time for the first big downhill of the day. Down from the summit of Fremont  Pass and into the valley that forms the headwaters of the Arkansas River. Beautiful scenery and a speedy descent until the short climb up to Leadville. I know I’ve mentioned the iconic landmarks and the stunning scenery, but the people are also a big part of what makes The Copper Triangle quintessentially Colorado.

The Copper Triangle | John Hilley and Steve Johnstone

John Hilley, left, and Steve Johnstone outside of Leadville, Colorado. Photo: A.V. Schmit

Just outside of Leadville I met two unlikely characters riding together on their first Copper Triangle. John Hilley from Nashville, Tennessee and Steve Johnston from Park City, Utah. They like myself were shedding a layer before the next climb. They’d only met this morning, but judging by the smiles and laughter, they were enjoying each other’s company on a spectacular ride far from home.

After stuffing my vest into my jersey pocket, I made the right turn onto Highway 24 and began the climb up to Tennessee Pass at 10, 424 feet. The climb averages 4 % grade, but there are some spicy 6% grades interspersed to keep things interesting.

After pulling into the parking area at the top of Tennessee Pass, I saw two riders on Cervelo’s (I’m a big Cervelo fan) next to the National Forest sign that announces the top of the pass and commemorates the 10 th Mountain Division Memorial where the aid station is located. Of course, I had to say, “hello.” Turns out they were a father and son from Castle Rock, Colorado. David Archibald and his son Jonas were doing their second Copper Triangle together.

David Archibald, left, and his son Jonas at the top of Tennessee Pass. Photo: A.V. Schmit “Spending time on the bike with my son in this beautiful place… It’s just the best,” the senior Archibald said. “Last year, he couldn’t keep up with me. This year, I can’t keep up with him. He’s gotten so strong.”

After a quick snack, it was time to put my vest back on and enjoy the downhill to Red Cliff, Colorado and the site of the historic Red Cliff Bridge. Construction began on the Red Cliff Bridge in 1939 and it was completed in 1941. It cost $372,407 to build, which is the equivalent to $5.5 million in 2020 dollars. This stark green structure is a cantilevered steel arch bridge that is 471 feet in length, with the longest span being 317 feet. It rises more than 200 feet above the Eagle River, and is one of the most iconic views on The Copper Triangle.

After taking a quick selfie, it was time to get on with it. The climb up Battle Mountain isn’t long, only 4 miles, but it is on the spicy side. The average gradient of the climb is 5.3 percent but some segments go up to 8 percent.

The Copper Triangle | A.V. Schmit with the Red Cliff Bridge in the background

The author with the historic Red Cliff Bridge in the background. Photo: A.V. Schmit

On the plus side, the views into the valley are spectacular, and the variegated color of the sedimentary rock is equally beautiful. Once you crest the Battle Mountain climb, it’s time for another swift downhill to Minturn, Colorado. The aid station is located just before town at Little Beach Park.

After filling my bottles and grabbing a snack, I saw a woman in a bright pink Meat Fight jersey and shorts. Her name was Margot Morris, and she is from Dallas, which her accent made abundantly clear.

“One of my friends told me The Copper Triangle was prettier than The Triple Bypass, so I came to find out for myself,” Morris said. “Boy were they right. What a great ride.”

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Margot Morris, of Dallas, Texas, at the summit of Tennessee Pass. Photo: Unknown

For those of you not familiar with Meat Fight, it’s a grass roots Multiple Sclerosis charity that started in 2010 in Dallas, Texas. They use Texans’ love of barbecue to raise money to purchase bikes for individuals living with MS. Research has shown that maintaining activity levels is a positive way to counteract the symptoms for many patients living with relapsing-remitting MS. To date they have raised more than 3 million dollars and given away 331 bicycles, in addition to funding over 70 individuals to compete in endurance events including: half marathons, marathons or Ironman 70.3 events.

Learn more about Meat Fight.

After a brief chat with Morris, it was time get back on the bike and head to Vail. I’m not gonna’ lie, the climbs on The Copper Triangle are a challenge. But for me, the grind up the Vail Valley before you hit the pass is tough. You’re a little tired from more than 60 miles in the saddle and that gradual hill just seems to last forever.

The second to the last aid station on the route is at the end of the frontage road, just before the bike path is blocked to automobile traffic. That’s where I ran into my friend Erin McGinnis. She is the 2022 Copper Triangle Queen of the Mountains, having completed the 3-mile-long timed section of Vail Pass in 16:23.

“I think it is a wonderful organization that the ride supports,” said McGinnis. She was speaking about the Davis Phinney Foundation which is a beneficiary of proceeds from The Copper Triangle. “Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter are legends in the Colorado cycling community. Supporting Parkinson’s research and support services thru the foundation is a great way to honor their legacy.”  

After the climb up Vail Pass, comes the last downhill of the ride. It is on the bike path, so you really can’t “let it fly” but still pretty fun. Once down in the village of Copper Mountain riders are greeted by the applause of friends and family and more than a few cow bells. And who can’t use “more cow bell?” Lunch, included in the registration fee, was pasta with marinara sauce, a green salad with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, chicken breast and a cookie. Gluten-free options were available as well.

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Davis Phinney, left, and Polly Dawkins accepting the $100,000 from Outside Events on behalf of the Davis Phinney Foundation. Photo: Pat Mayben.

The most moving part of the day was when Scott Olmsted from Outside Events presented a check for $100,000 to Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter Phinney to benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation. The Foundation is focused on helping people with Parkinson’s live well today, including funding quality-of-life research and creating essential programs, educational content, and events for those affected by Parkinson’s. This donation will go a long way in serving the Parkinson’s community.

“We are proud to partner with Outside Events and benefit from the generosity of the cycling community for the past 16 years,” said Polly Dawkins, Executive Director of the Davis Phinney Foundation. “The Copper Triangle is an exceptionally well-run event with a top-notch team. We look forward to participating every year, raising crucial funding, and sharing our message that it IS possible to live well with Parkinson’s.” “We are grateful to Outside Events for their continued support for our mission,” she added. “Cycling is in the DNA of the Foundation, the Copper Triangle is a perfect partner to help drive our mission forward.”

Learn more about The Davis Phinney Foundation.

To wrap things up, it was another great day on the bike. A little slower than usual, I’ve been having some low back / pelvis issues, but still a respectable time of 6.5 hours in the saddle. The Copper Triangle is just one of my favorite Colorado rides. The folks from Outside Events, from Tracy Powers at registration to Scott Olmsted leading the team, just do a great job putting on the event.

Editor’s Note: Outside Events provided a no-cost registration for the author, but that in no way characterized the tone or content of the article.

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Durango, Colorado and its world-class cycling scene were etched deeper into the minds of cyclists around the globe last fall when Sepp Kuss won the Vuelta a España and returned to a lively parade down the Southwest Colorado city’s Main Avenue. While Kuss steals many of the headlines, Durango’s longest-standing cycling institution began decades before he was born.

The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic will celebrate its 52nd running this weekend with the classic Durango-to-Silverton road race and tour, a gravel race, an XC mountain bike race, and even a Friday night hill climb to kick off the festivities. About 2,000 riders are expected to take on the marquee road event on Saturday, with hundreds of additional riders racing the off-road events on Sunday.

It’s no mystery to American cycling fans that even the most beloved events — Joe Martin Stage Race and the Tour of California are two examples — can vanish suddenly from the calendar. Even within the gravel and marathon mountain bike boom, promoters struggle with market saturation, rising costs, and attracting riders. Meanwhile, the Iron Horse is the second-longest running road race in the country, attracting everyone from pros to costume-wearers to those who ride with flat pedals while wearing jeans.

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What has given the event — held every year on Memorial Day weekend — the staying power that has eluded other events?

It starts with a folksy tale about man versus machine and Durango’s history as a Western mining hub.

In 1971, Tom Mayer challenged his brother, Jim, to race from Durango to Silverton, the high-altitude mining town 50 miles to the north. Tom would ride his bicycle, while Jim would ride a steam engine on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad line that heads up the mountain. Previously a working railroad for the mines, the line is now known as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, converted to attract tourists to both towns once the mining economy dried up.

Tom tackled the more than 5,000 feet of high-altitude climbing and when he arrived in Silverton, the train was nowhere in sight. Tom’s prize was a candy bar that the brothers wagered the result on, and a tradition was born.

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It’s that visceral image, of bike riders racing an old-time narrow gauge steam engine over two mountain passes that top out above 10,500-feet, that attracts cyclists of all stripes. The challenge combined with the scenery makes for an epic ride, plus a closed road for the toughest and most beautiful part of the course offers a novel experience.

“Having a closed highway that you get to ride on is something that’s so unique and something you can come back and do again and again and it’s still a beautiful, amazing experience and it’s different every time,” said race director Ian Burnett.

There are a lot of road closures or delays for bike races across the country, but Burnett is unaware of any other bike event that pulls off a hard closure of a state highway (U.S. Highway 550, in Iron Horse’s case). Riders get to enjoy a full lane to themselves through the first 15 miles of the route before 2-way traffic begins again just as the climbing starts. Once they reach Purgatory ski resort, the final 20 miles featuring the toughest climbs and fastest descents are fully closed to traffic in both directions — an experience that feels like you’re riding through the Alps during the Tour de France.

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“We just have worked pretty hard and diligently with State Patrol as kind of an oversight,” Burnett said. “They’re the ones in charge of the highway. And then from there, we just worked through the local agencies of CDOT [Colorado Department of Transportation], the local municipalities that surround, and make sure that people are aware and educated about it too, so that it doesn’t become a nuisance.”

Another compelling aspect of the weekend are all the events surrounding the main event that engage the entire community, not just bike racers. In previous years, these included a cruiser crit, a ‘straight rhythm’ BMX course down Main Avenue, a mountain bike course that went straight through a brewery and out the front window, short track races, and dual slalom races.

This year’s fun and spectator-friendly event is the hill climb on Friday night, which will jolt riders’ legs awake with a 300-foot climb up the ‘Front Hill’ to Fort Lewis College. The short course makes up for its distance with double digit gradients that sting the legs. There will be spectator and heckling zones along the course, a family zone, and a beer garden serving up Faceplant, a local beer brewed every year for the Iron Horse. The races begin in the afternoon and include a costumes-encouraged Community Cruiser Challenge before the elite finals during prime time evening light hours.

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“We wanted to try to find something that the community can come watch but also participate in,” Burnett said. “The short track was an elite-only race and this is something that all the bike riders that are coming to town can come try and see how they stack up against other racers. So it’s kind of something that is more inclusive.”

The main Durango-Silverton event is Saturday with a finish line celebration in Silverton and a ceremony honoring veterans and the Memorial Day holiday. Also on offer is the Quarter Horse distance that finishes at Purgatory Resort, and e-bike categories to make the ride more approachable.

Previous winners of the road race include Kuss, Quinn Simmons, Kira Payer, Sarah Sturm, Griffin Easter, Mara Abbott, Ned Overend, and Juliana Furtado. This year, U23 racer Lauren Aggeler is a favorite for the road race and mountain bike race, and young racers from the local Durango Devo and Segment 28 programs will certainly challenge as underdogs. Trek’s Quinn Simmons has been seen training in the area but is not yet confirmed to start, though big names often sneak their way onto the startline last-minute.

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Sunday sees the gravel race start in the morning with mountain bike waves beginning shortly after. The pro mountain bike races in the afternoon offer great spectating along with food, drink, and vendors at the start/finish at Chapman Hill.

Burnett, a former pro for the Jelly Belly program until 2014 and current director of the Fort Lewis collegiate team, took over as the event’s race director two years ago. He’s been racing the Iron Horse since the early 2000’s in the kids’ mountain bike races before graduating to the pro road race and has seen the event evolve over the years.

Overall, he gives credit to the local community for making the event what it is today.

“Huge shout out to this community of Durango,” he said. “That’s number one on the list is just the people from law enforcement to medical. They’re always behind it. And then just all our local sponsors have really been a big part of, when we need help with something, they’re always there to step up and help.”

Local sponsors means the local McDonald’s franchise sponsors the aid stations, the local Coca Cola plant sponsors the road race, and an auto dealership presents the mountain bike race, along with others ranging from restaurants to a hot springs resort.

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Just as the cycling world debuts electronic suspension and high-carb fueling, the Iron Horse will continue to evolve with the Durango community. Burnett sees huge potential for hosting mountain bike and gravel races out of Durango Mesa Park east of downtown, where six new purpose-built MTB trails were opened last fall with many more planned for the future.

No matter how the event evolves though, the core will still be the Durango-Silverton ride for that timeless feeling of seeing if your legs and lungs can beat the train.

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Tadej Pogacar: Slovenian rules out Giro d'Italia-Tour de France-Vuelta a Espana Triple Crown - 'Too crazy'

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Tadej Pogacar has ruled out competing in the Vuelta a Espana this year after his Giro d’Italia domination. In an interview for Eurosport and the UCI, the Slovenian says “I like new challenges, I’m not closed to anything,” but admits that currently, aiming to conquer three Grand Tours in the same year is “maybe a bit too crazy".

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Iron Horse Bicycle Classic brings new event to bolster iconic weekend in 2024

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One of Durango’s most famous events is back this weekend. The 2024 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is back for its 52nd year with a new event to go along with the classic road race to Silverton on Saturday.

The weekend will kick off with the new Hill Climb Challenge on Friday. Riders participating in the road race, gravel race and mountain bike races have the chance to ride a lap or two up East 8th Avenue and try and get the best time up the hardest part of the Fort Lewis College front hill.

Race Director Ian Burnett said the Hill Climb Challenge came together as the staff wanted to come up with something different and inclusive. Burnett said it’s something the average rider and racer can do compared to other events that are elite and invite only. Burnett and the rest of the staff wanted an event that brings the community out on Friday night to enjoy the event and Durango.

Riders can try and qualify for the top 16 times in the men’s and women’s field between 1-5:30 p.m. From 6-6:15 the top 16 will race in groups of eight to try and make it to the finals at 6:45 p.m.

There will be a cash prize for the top five finishers in both the men’s and women’s finals.

“Overall, our biggest thing is leaning on our laurels of the tour and the road race being our main focus of time,” Burnett said. “Then continuing to have diverse offerings between the Friday Hillclimb, we did a short track last year and just offering some other things that keep people coming back, keep it exciting, engaging and fun. We invite more racers to come back but also invite the community to come out and join in a celebration in town.”

The star of the show will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Coca-Cola Road Race is the competitive main event and will begin this year at 33rd Street and 2nd Avenue. The 47-mile citizen road race will have four official support stations throughout the course with some Tailwind Nutrition products, cookies, bananas, chips and other snacks.

After starting at 6,512 feet in Durango, riders will travel through Hermosa and past Purgatory before facing Coal Bank Pass and Molas Pass at over 10,000 feet at the top of each of those passes. After getting through Molas Pass the race ends in Silverton at 9,318 feet.

Riders must be past Coal Bank Pass by 12:40 p.m. and Molas Pass by 1:20 p.m. or riders will be pulled from the race for safety reasons as the highway between Purgatory and Silverton is only closed until 1:30 p.m.

The McDonald’s Citizen Tour will start at 8 a.m. also at 33rd Street and 2nd Avenue. Burnett said both races are starting at the same spot because of the need of the community to not have as big of an impact as it once did. It also helps law enforcement make the event a safe transaction for everyone.

Burnett said it was big for the Iron Horse staff to have a start place where the Citizen Tour will start with the train going past.

“That day is just a special day to get to ride that 50 miles and ride it on the closed highway and do something that has gone on for such a long time and has a pretty cool energy,” Burnett said. “Especially for those people that are just trying to get there and want to check that bucket list item off.”

Burnett expects about 2,000 racers to compete to the finish in Silverton. He said about 1,200 of those will be Citizen Tour racers and 600 will be the Coke road racers.

Iron Horse legend Ned Overend is racing again and should be at the front of the pack. Durangoan Lauren Aggeler is signed up to compete in the women’s race. Burnett said he’d probably see some other notable names pop up in the late registration on Friday.

At 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, the Alpine Bank La Strada LaPlata Gravel Race will begin. Riders will climb 4,985 feet along the 55-mile course. It has a combination of dirt roads and paved roads.

The race will start and finish at Chapman Hill. Riders will go down 3rd Avenue, up Horse Gulch Road and loop around Texas Creek to the East before heading back West to Horse Gulch Road and finishing at Chapman Hill.

At 9 a.m. the first wave of the Subaru Mountain Bike Race will kick off at Chapman Hill. Burnett said it’s the same 5-mile loop as last year that goes up Lions Den, around Fort Lewis down Chapman Hill and into the flow trail.

The mountain bikers will be broken up into three waves, with the first wave consisting of kids and men over 55 and women over 45 around 9 a.m. The second wave will be junior men and women ages 15-18 and men between the ages of 35-54 and women between the age of 35-44 around 11:30 a.m. The final wave will kick off at 2 p.m. with the open pro men’s and women’s field followed by men and women ages 19-34.

“It’s been the hub of racing in Durango for a long time,” Burnett said about Chapman Hill. “The mid- to late-80s into the 90s when mountain biking was really kicking off, a lot of it was centered around Chapman. So it’s an homage to that and the history that we have with Chapman and being a race venue.”

Burnett said he wouldn’t be surprised if Todd Wells and Howard Grotts enter the field. He also said so far there are 200 people in the mountain bike race and about 215 people in the gravel race.

While the racing is going on, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Chapman Hill Cycling Festival will be happening with some vendors, coffee and local beer. Burnett described it as a gathering place to enjoy what Durango offers.

Online registration is now closed but Iron Horse will have on-site registration at Chapman Hill from 1 to 7 p.m. on Friday

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Pogacar wins the Giro d’Italia by a big margin and will now aim for a 3rd Tour de France title

Tour of Italy winner Slovenia's Tadej Pogacar holds the trophy during the podium ceremony at the end of the 21st and last stage of the Giro D'Italia, cycling race, in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Tour of Italy winner Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar holds the trophy during the podium ceremony at the end of the 21st and last stage of the Giro D’Italia, cycling race, in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar, wearing the pink jersey overall leader, crosses the finish line of the 21st and last stage of the Giro D’Italia, tour of Italy cycling race, in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cyclists are cheered by fans as they ride past the ancient Colosseum during the final stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Gian Mattia D’Alberto/LaPresse via AP)

Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar, wearing the pink jersey overall leader, flashes the victory sign after crossing the finish line of the 21st and last stage of the Giro D’Italia, tour of Italy cycling race, in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cyclists, including the pink jersey overall leader Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar, ride past the ancient Colosseum during the final stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

From left, second classified Colombia’s Daniel Felipe Martinez, first classified Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar and third classified Britain’s Geraint Thomas celebrate during the podium ceremony at the end of the 21st and last stage of the Giro D’Italia, tour of Italy cycling race, in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Third classified Britain’s Geraint Thomas celebrates during the podium ceremony at the end of the 21st and last stage of the Giro D’Italia, tour of Italy cycling race, in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar, wearing the pink jersey of the race overall leader, is lifted in celebration by teammates ahead of the start of the final stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race, in front of the Palazzo della Civilta’ Italiana, also known as Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum) in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

Belgium’s Tim Merlier celebrates winning the final stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Gian Mattia D’Alberto/LaPresse via AP)

Cyclists ride past the ancient Colosseum during the final stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Massimo Paolone/LaPresse via AP)

Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar, 2nd right, wearing the pink jersey of the race overall leader, poses as he waits for the start of the final stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race, in front of the Palazzo della Civilta’ Italiana, also known as Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum) in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Marco Alpozzi/LaPresse via AP)

Cyclists ride past the ancient Colosseum during the final stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Cyclists ride past the Unknown Soldier monument during the final stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race, in Rome, Sunday, May 26, 2024. (Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse via AP)

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ROME (AP) — Tadej Pogacar won the Giro d’Italia on Sunday with the race’s biggest margin of victory in nearly six decades — earning a third Grand Tour trophy to go with his two Tour de France titles.

Pogacar, riding a pink bike to go with his pink jersey, shorts and helmet, crossed safely in the main pack to conclude the mostly ceremonial final stage of the three-week race in Rome, ending with an advantage of 9 minutes, 56 seconds over runner-up Daniel Martinez.

Geraint Thomas finished third overall, 10:24 behind.

The last time there was a bigger margin of victory in the Giro came in 1965, when Vittorio Adorni won by 11:26.

Pogacar, a Slovenian with UAE Team Emirates, also won six stages in the race, the most since Eddy Merckx also won six in 1973.

“Winning any bike race is important but winning the Giro, especially like this, is really incredible,” Pogacar said.

Now Pogacar will attempt to rest and recover in time to make an attempt at winning his third Tour title, with cycling’s biggest race starting on June 29 with four stages in Italy.

Pogacar will be attempting to become the first rider to win the Giro and the Tour in the same year since Marco Pantani in 1998.

FILE - Ecuador's Richard Carapaz pedals in the men's individual time trial final at the Pan American Games in Isla de Maipo, Chile, Oct. 22, 2023. Carapaz will not be at the Paris Olympics in 2024 to defend his road cycling gold medal. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo, File)

“This was the big goal for the first part of the season. Now finally I’ll have a bit of rest before the second part, which could be the more important part,” Pogacar said. “We’ll see.”

Belgian rider Tim Merlier won the final stage in a sprint ahead of Jonathan Milan by the Colosseum. It was Merlier’s fourth career win at the Giro and third this year.

Milan, the Italian sprinter who also won three stages in the race, had a mechanical issue and needed to change his bike at the start of the last lap. He then managed to catch up with the main pack and almost grabbed another victory.

The 125-kilometer (78-mile) mostly flat final stage finished with a circuit through the center of the capital that was completed eight times, taking riders past the Baths of Caracalla, the Roman Forum, the Tiber River and the Circus Maximus before the finish on cobblestones near the Arch of Constantine.

Pogacar entered the Giro for the first time this year and made an immediate impact. He finished second in the opening stage in Turin and gained time on almost all of his direct rivals. Then he won the second stage, grabbed the leader’s pink jersey and kept on increasing his advantage day after day.

Pogacar won the Tour in 2020 and 2021 and then finished second behind Jonas Vingegaard in 2022 and 2023.

Vingegaard is hoping to defend his Tour title despite a crash in April that left him with several broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

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Tour of Norway: Alexander Kristoff wins final stage as Axel Laurance secures overall title

Wout van Aert takes third place in Stavanger sprint behind second-placed Jordi Meeus

Alexander Kristoff wins stage 4 of 2024 Tour of Norway and is congratulated by Uno-X Mobility teammates

Norwegian legend Alexander Kristoff (Uno-X Mobility) sprinted to victory on stage 4 of the Tour of Norway in his home soil of Stavanger. Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe) could not get around in the closing 50 metres and finished second. A late surge by Wout van Aert (Visma-Lease a Bike) put him in third.

The overall title went to Axel Laurance (Alpecin-Deceuninck), as he rode safely in the lead pack in sixth position, and held his 12-second advantage over Bart Lemmen (Visma-Lease a Bike). Adne Holter (Uno-X Mobility) was third overall, just one second behind Lemmen.

The pace was high on the final day of racing, Stage 4 featuring six laps of a 19km circuit around Stavanger for a rolling 124km. 

The Uno-X Mobility train cranked up the speed at the front of the peloton in the final kilometre with several twists and turns. The Norwegian team delivered Kristoff to the line for his third consecutive victory in Stavanger. It was the 11th stage victory for Kristoff in his career.

“I know exactly the finish, but today was really tough, really hard to get it together. I am pleased to take victory again this year” Kristoff said Sunday.

“I feel good, but of course, in the Tour is a different level, but some of the guys are the same. So if I can beat them here, why not in the Tour.”

With just under 100km left to race, a group of six riders took off and opened a quick 30-second gap on the fourth lap - Hannes Wilksch (Tudor Pro Cycling Team), Laurent Gervais (Project Echelon Racing), Marcel Camprubí (Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team), Natnael Tesfatsion (Lidl-Trek), Kim Heiduk (Ineos Grenadiers) and Jakub Otruba (ATT Investments).

With 57km to go, Jelle Johannink (TDT-Unibet Cycling) bridged to the front group. Behind, Visma-Lease a Bike drove the pace. With two laps to go, Van Aert came to the front of the peloton and pushed the pace along with teammate Koen Bouwman. 

The maximum lead for the seven only stretched to a little more than one minute, and their adventure faded after the fourth pass of the Grisabakken.

On the penultimate climb, a small group formed across the crest, with Carl Fredrik Hagen (Q36.5 Pro Cycling) leading Huub Artz (Inermarché-Wanty), Magnus Cort (Uno-X Mobility) and Mathias Vacek (Lidl-Trek), in the best young rider jersey.

Vacek attacked over the climb with 7km to go, with all the GC contenders matching the acceleration to remain at the front of the race. The twisting roads into downtown Stavanger limited more attacks and Uno-X Mobility then lined up to move Kristoff into position for the sprint finish.

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{p}One June 1st, CARTI will host its 21st Annual Tour de Rock, one of the state's largest cycling events to raise money for the Patient Assistance Program who make it their mission to rid the world of potential barriers that keep people from the treatment they need. (PHOTO: Tour de Rock){/p}

One June 1st, CARTI will host its 21st Annual Tour de Rock, one of the state's largest cycling events to raise money for the Patient Assistance Program who make it their mission to rid the world of potential barriers that keep people from the treatment they need. (PHOTO: Tour de Rock)

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — On June 1st, CARTI will host its 21st Annual Tour de Rock, one of the state's largest cycling events to raise money for the Patient Assistance Program who make it their mission to rid the world of potential barriers that keep people from the treatment they need.

The event is set to kick off at 6:30 a.m. at Washington & Vine Streets in North Little Rock.

The race will have 25-, 50-. 62-.and 100-mile pancake-flat routes with stops for participants to rest all over Central Arkansas.

CARTI is hosting an after-party at the First Security Amphitheater in Riverfront Park with food, a beer garden and music.

Since its inception, Tour de Rock has raised more than $2 million in CARTI's mission.

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B RUSSELS (AP) — World champion Mathieu van der Poel will focus on the Olympic road race at the Paris Games this summer, after competing in the Tour de France, and skip mountain biking.

The versatile Dutch racer said Wednesday that combining the Tour and the road race is “the most logical” choice.

"It ensures that I have a little more time and thus can prepare longer and better,” he said in a statement released by his Alpecin-Deceuninck team.

Van der Poel has won titles in many disciplines and thought at one point about competing in the cross-country mountain bike event at the Olympics. But he faced what he called a “difficult puzzle to put together” with the route of the road race suiting his skills.

“Just the road race? Only mountain biking? Or both?" he said. "Whether or not in combination with the Tour de France, which I personally consider the best possible preparation for the Games.”

Van der Poel finally made his decision.

“Let’s say I chose the most logical thing,” he said. “So, in consultation with the team, I opted for a slightly longer rest period, after which I can build up to the Tour de France and the Olympic road race without time pressure."

The 29-year-old rider, who has been in impressive form this year with victories at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix classics, said he will work in support of teammate Jasper Philipsen “in his hunt for stage wins and a possible green jersey” of Tour de France's best sprinter.

“And the goal is to win a stage myself this year,” he said. "Last year I got sick when there were a few stages where I had chances. Hopefully I will be spared from that in this edition.”

Van der Poel added that wearing the world champion's rainbow jersey this season played a role in his decision to race at the Tour.

“It’s a special year," he said. "As world champion I like to ride in that jersey as much as possible. So I also prefer not to miss the Tour de France. And that proved to be a good preparation last year, then towards the World Championships.”

He also hinted that he could compete in mountain biking at future Olympics. Van der Poel crashed out of the mountain bike race at the Tokyo Olympics.

“Who knows what’s still possible in 2028 in Los Angeles? That’s still a long time away, but I’ll be in a different phase of my career then,” he said. "Maybe then I can put everything on that mountain biking. This year the combination is just too difficult.”

Van der Poel, who is currently training in Spain, will not compete before the June 29-July 21 Tour de France. The men's Olympic road race is a challenging 273-kilometer (170-mile) trek set to take place on Aug. 3.

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FILE - Netherland's Mathieu van der Poel holds his bike up at the finish line after taking first place in the Tour of Flanders in Oudenaarde, Belgium on March 31, 2024. World champion Mathieu van der Poel will focus on the Olympic road race at the Paris Games this summer after the Tour de France, skipping mountain biking. The versatile Dutch racer said on Wednesday that combining the Tour and the Olympic road race is “the most logical” choice. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, File)

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    Discover the Tour de Vineyards Bicycle Ride, in Palisade , CO, USA on the 21 Sep, 2024 (Sat). Available races: 58 miles and 23 miles. Find all race information on Ahotu. Running. Cycling. Multisports. Water sports. Winter sports. Other. Cycling. North America. USA. Mountain Region. Colorado. Palisade. Tour de Vineyards Bicycle Ride . Edition ...

  19. Tadej Pogacar: Slovenian rules out Giro d'Italia-Tour de ...

    The time trial takes place just six days after the last day of the Tour, while the road race is another week later on August 3. "Any sport performed at the highest level always offers an ...

  20. Iron Horse Bicycle Classic brings new event to bolster iconic weekend

    One of Durango's most famous events is back this weekend. The 2024 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is back for its 52nd year with a new event to go along with the classic road race to Silverton on ...

  21. Pogacar wins the Giro d'Italia by a big margin and will now aim for a

    ROME (AP) — Tadej Pogacar won the Giro d'Italia on Sunday with the race's biggest margin of victory in nearly six decades — earning a third Grand Tour trophy to go with his two Tour de France titles.. Pogacar, riding a pink bike to go with his pink jersey, shorts and helmet, crossed safely in the main pack to conclude the mostly ceremonial final stage of the three-week race in Rome ...

  22. Tour of Norway: Alexander Kristoff wins final stage as Axel Laurance

    She founded Peloton Sports in 1998, a sports marketing and public relations agency, which managed projects for Tour de Georgia, Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and USA Cycling.

  23. Tour de Rock kicks off 21st annual event this Saturday

    One June 1st, CARTI will host its 21st Annual Tour de Rock, one of the state's largest cycling events to raise money for the Patient Assistance Program who make it their mission to rid the world ...

  24. Vingegaard needs to be 100% recovered for Tour, says team boss

    Tour de France champion Jonas Vingegaard is recovering well from a punctured lung and broken collarbone but must be 100% fit to take part in this year's race, insists his Visma-Lease a Bike team ...

  25. Featured Bicycling Events in Colorado

    Tour de Steamboat Sat. Jul 13, 2024. July 13, 2024 The Tour de Steamboat is an annual bicycle event that brings together 1,200 cyclists for a one-day ride through beautiful Northwest Colorado. There is something for riders of all ages and abilities. This is a non-competitive event, and participants are encouraged to ride at their own pace and…

  26. Van der Poel will skip mountain bike event at Paris Olympics to ...

    BRUSSELS (AP) — World champion Mathieu van der Poel will focus on the Olympic road race at the Paris Games this summer, after competing in the Tour de France, and skip mountain biking. The ...

  27. The Colorado Springs Gazette

    Cycling: Pogacar wins the Giro d'italia, Tour de France next. Hockey: Czech Republic shuts out Switzerland for world title. THREE GAMES OUT. Soccer: Southampton back in Premier League after win. Mclaren hopes to build on strong race. INDY. Leclerc wins in Monaco. Wennberg scores in OT, Rangers take lead in East. NUGGETS. Pacers hope to beat ...