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Colorado Classic cycling race brings best young riders back to Vail Village, Vail Pass

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August 15, 2018, 8:21 am

The Colorado Classic cycling stage race kicking off in Vail on Thursday will feature some of the best young riders from Mexico and Colombia, according to race organizers.

On Tuesday the Colorado Classic put out a press release celebrating the Latin talent in the reborn event, taking pains to publish it in both English and Spanish (see below).

Also on Tuesday, Vail Mayor Dave Chapin wrote about the historic nature of the return of a Vail Village cycling stage and how best to navigate the race, which is followed on Friday by the legendary Vail Hill Climb — a race we did see as part of the USA Pro Challenge starting in 2011.

In June of 1991, as a cub sports writer for the Vail Daily, the first event I ever covered in Vail was a reborn version of the Red Zinger Classic, which included the Vail Village Criterium. I vividly remember walking outside into the parking lot of the old Crossroads building (now Solaris) and interviewing Davis Phinney — the first American to win a stage of the Tour de France.

I later interviewed Phinney for The New York Times during the USA Pro Challenge, when his son Taylor was in the hunt during that stage race heading into the final day in Denver.

The town of Vail recently offered some useful viewing tips, which can be accessed here. Enjoy the races.

Now here’s that bilingual Colorado Classic release:

Colorado Classic 2018: Latin riders coming in caliente (hot!)

Keep an eye on sizzling cyclists from Colombia and Mexico; Denver stages offer ideal spots to get close to the action

Among the hugely stacked field of athletes descending on the Centennial State this week for the 2018 Colorado Classic are some of Latin America’s most shining cycling stars.

Denver’s City Park will be an ideal spot to establish a cheering section for these Latin American riders this Sunday, as women kick off Stage 4 presented by Gates Industrial Corporation at 10 a.m. from the Velorama Festival grounds and make several laps through the park, followed by the men’s race, beginning at 12:15 p.m. There are numerous rally points for all stages and opportunities for road-side celebrations throughout the Aug. 16-19 event: https://www.coloradoclassic.com/2018-colorado-classic-attend/

Mexico’s Luis Villalobos, who just turned 20, is absolutely on fire approaching the four-stage race that kicks off Thursday in Vail. Riding for Aevolo, the Mexican National Time Trial champion clinched the Youth Classification win in last week’s 2018 Tour of Utah.

Also hot off the podium following his third-place finish in last week’s Tour of Utah, Colombian Edwin Avila will be looking to continue his streak in Colorado. Riding for Israel Cycling Academy, Avila fired out of the gate to finish third in the 101-mile first stage in Utah and has also recently proven his prowess in track, winning three medals (gold, silver, and bronze) at last month’s Central American Games in Barranquilla, Colombia.

Be sure to check the 2018 Colorado Classic on Instagram Tuesday, when Avila will be dispatching all day. His teammates, 2018 Vuelta overall and winner of Stage 3 presented by United Healthcare, Ruben Plaza of Spain, and three-time Mexican National Road Racing Champion (2012, 2013 and 2016) Luis Lemus, are also going to be fast-moving forces to watch this week.

Riding for Team Education First-Drapac Cannondale, young Colombian Daniel Martinez will be competing in the Colorado Classic on the heels of his fifth-place Youth Classification finish in the Tour de France. His compatriot Brayan Chaves, younger brother of the great Grand Tour competitor Esteban Chaves, will be riding for Mitchelton-Scott as staggiere.

On the women’s side, fans must watch out for team CONADE – Specialized -Visit Mexico, comprised of 2018 Mexican National Road Cycling runner up Ariadna Gutierrez joined by all-Mexican powerhouses Veronica Leal, Ana Hernandez, Julyn Aguila and Gabriela Mijangos. With the goal of growing women’s cycling in Mexico, the initiative launched by the National Sports Commission of México (CONADE), the Mexico Tourism Board and Specialized Bicycles aims to place Mexican women’s cycling within the top 20 places in UCI rankings in international events, establishing a qualifying path toward the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

With 15 men’s teams and 16 women’s teams, the Aug. 16-19 Colorado Classic will feature more than 180 of the top pro men and women cyclists racing through mountain terrain and urban settings, with Stages 1 and 2 planned for Vail before moving to Denver for Stage 3 presented by UnitedHealthcare and Stage 4 presented by Gates Industrial Corporation.

The Colorado Classic men’s race is sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and is designated as a 2.HC race, which is the highest category outside of World Tour races. Both the men’s and women’s races are part of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour, which showcases the premier domestic road events in the United States.

The 2018 Colorado Classic kicks off on Thursday in Vail with Stage 1, followed by Stage 2 in Vail Friday before moving to Denver for Stage 3 and Stage 4 Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.coloradoclassic.com.

Colorado Classic 2018: Los corredores Latinos vienen pisando fuerte!

Ojo con las nuevas promesas de Colombianos y Mexicanos; Las etapas de Denver ofrecen lugares ideales para acercarse a la acción

DENVER – Entre los grandes ciclistas que descendieron en el Centennial Estado esta semana para el 2018 Colorado Classic, se encuentran algunas de los grandes estrellas de ciclismo Latinoamerica.

En Denver’s City Park será un lugar perfecto para establecer una sección de ánimo para los jinetes Latinoamericano el domingo que entra, cuando inicio la Etapa 4 para las ciclistas femenil, presentada por Gates Industrial Corporation, arranca a las 10 de la mañana de los terrenos del Velorama Festival. Corren varias vueltas por el parque, seguidas por la carrera de hombres, comenzando a las 12:15. Encontrarán muchos puntos de reunión para todas las etapas y oportunidades para las celebraciones del lado de la carretera en todo el evento del 16-19 de agosto: https://www.coloradoclassic.com/2018-colorado-classic-attend/

El mexicano Luis Villalobos, que acaba de cumplir 20 años, está absolutamente en llamas acercándose a la carrera de cuatro etapas que comienza el jueves en Vail. Montado para Aevolo, el campeón nacional de contrarreloj de México ganó la Clasificación Juvenil en el 2018 Tour of Utah la semana pasada y está listo para convertirse en el primer pedalista de su país en más de 20 años para unirse al Circuito Mundial UCI.

También después de su tercer puesto en el Tour de Utah de la semana pasada, el colombiano Edwin Ávila buscará continuar su destacada actuación en Colorado. Pedalista por Israel Cycling Academy, Ávila disparó desde la puerta para terminar tercero en la primera etapa de 101 millas en Utah y también recientemente ha demostrado su destreza en la pista, logrando tres medallas (oro, plata y bronce) en Centroamérica este julio en los Juegos Centroamericanos Barranquilla 2018.

Asegúrate de seguir el 2018 Colorado Classic en Instagram el martes, cuando Ávila enviará todo el día. Sus compañeros de equipo, 2018 Vuelta en general y ganador de la Etapa 3 presentada por United Healthcare, Rubén Plaza de España, y tres veces Campeón Nacional de Ruta de México (2012, 2013 y 2016) Luis Lemus, también van a ser fuerzas para mira esta semana.

Corriendo para Team Education First-Drapac Cannondale, el joven colombiano Daniel Martínez competirá en el Colorado Classic después de su quinto puesto en la Clasificación Juvenil en el Tour de Francia. Su compatriota Brayan Chaves, hermano menor del gran competidor Grand Tour Esteban Chaves, viajará a Mitchelton-Scott como staggiere.

Por las pedalistas femenil, los fanáticos deben estar atentos al equipo CONADE – Specialized -Visit Mexico, conformado por el subcampeonato nacional de ruta en 2018, Ariadna Gutierrez, junto a las potencias mexicanas Veronica Leal, Ana Hernández, Julyn Aguila y Gabriela Mijangos. Con el objetivo de crecer el ciclismo femenino en México, la iniciativa lanzada por la Comisión Nacional del Deporte de México (CONADE), la Junta de Turismo de México y Specialized busca colocar al ciclismo femenino mexicano dentro de los 20 mejores lugares en el ranking de la UCI en eventos internacionales, estableciendo un camino de calificación hacia los Juegos Olímpicos de Tokio 2020.

Con 15 equipos varonil y 16 equipos femenina, el Colorado Classic del 16-19 de agosto contará con más de 180 de los mejores ciclistas profesionales que compiten en terrenos montañosos y escenarios urbanos, con etapas 1 y 2 planificadas para Vail antes de trasladarse a Denver para la Etapa 3 presentada por UnitedHealthcare y la Etapa 4 presentada por Gates Industrial Corporation.

La carrera varonil de Colorado Classic es sancionada por Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) y está designada como una carrera 2.HC, que es la categoría más alta fuera de las carreras del WorldTour. Tanto las carreras varoniles como femeninas son parte de Pro Road Tour de USA Cycling, que presenta los principales eventos nacionales de ruta en los Estados Unidos.

El 2018 Colorado Classic arranca el jueves en Vail con la Etapa 1, seguido de la Etapa 2 en Vail el viernes antes de trasladarse a Denver para la Etapa 3 y la Etapa 4 el sábado y el domingo. Para obtener más información: www.coloradoclassic.com.

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

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