Cycling fans: You won't miss a minute of Colorado's newest professional cycling race this summer.
In early March, event promoter RPM Events Group and NBC Sports Group announced a partnership for the inaugural Colorado Classic bike race. The four-day race (Aug. 10-13) will be televised on NBCSN and live streamed on NBC Sports Gold, the broadcast company's live streaming direct-to-consumer product.
"NBC Sports is an international leader in coverage of cycling, and this partnership allows us to significantly expand our audience and share the excitement of the inaugural Colorado Classic with cycling fans throughout the state and across the globe," RPM Events Group CEO David Koff said. "This partnership also allows us to showcase Colorado, our host cities and the Colorado Classic in ways that will help propel us toward our goal of producing sustainable, entertaining cycling events on an annual basis."
From Aug. 10-13, the Colorado Classic — the state's latest big-time race after the USA Pro Challenge folded in 2016 — brings hundreds of elite male and female cyclists to Colorado. The men's race covers more than 300 miles in fan-friendly circuits in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver. The event will also feature women's circuit racing in Colorado Springs on Aug. 10, and again in Breckenridge and Denver on Aug. 11.
"As the home of many prestigious cycling races, we're excited to partner with the Colorado Classic and continue our commitment to cycling fans," said Jeff Macaluso, the senior director of programming for NBCSports Group. The 2017 Colorado Classic will be held for four days this summer with starts and finishes in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver. As a Union Cycliste Internationale-sanctioned 2.HC stage race, the Colorado Classic will feature WorldTour teams, the sport's top squads. Team announcements will be made in early summer.