Preview: Colorado Classic & the Tour of Norway
Live Stream Available for CO Classic on Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank Website
August 20, 2019 — Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank will be racing simultaneous events this week: the Colorado Classic, the only women’s standalone professional road race in the Western Hemisphere, and the Tour of Norway, a UCI World Tour event. Both races will be held from August 22-25.
Racing Colorado Classic for Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank will be Lex Albrecht (CAN), Brodie Chapman (AUS), Emily Marcolini (CAN), Emily Newsom (USA), Kendall Ryan (USA) and Lauren Stephens (USA).
Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank’s roster for the Ladies Tour of Norway will be: Sharlotte Lucas (NZL), Alison Jackson (CAN), Shannon Malseed (AUS) and guest riders Anna Henderson (GBR) and Rebecca Durrell (GBR).
Colorado Classic Preview
Named one of the 13 races in the world not to miss this year by Bicycling Magazine, the Colorado Classic aims to bolster women’s racing in North America and will feature live TV streaming coverage for each stage. Live video of the race will be available across a number of platforms, including on Team TIBCO - Silicon Valley Bank and Shimano’s websites. (Don’t miss the action!).
In addition to the race, the Colorado Classic will feature a Health and Lifestyle Expo, Speaker Series and citizen rides.
The first stage of the Colorado Classic will be held in Steamboat Springs, CO, where Brodie Chapman recently won the SBT GRVL event and Lauren Stephens finished second. Featuring two QOMs, ten kilometers of gravel and technical descents, the first stage will be a challenging start to the Colorado Classic, especially for riders not accustomed to the altitude.
Next, the team will head to Avon, CO, for Stage 2, which will feature two types of races in a single stage. First, riders will have seven laps of a flat and fast 5-mile circuit, and then they will head into a 15-mile lap that includes a steep climb up Daybreak Ridge in Beaver Creek, which hits grades of 14%, and a fast, technical descent through Bachelor Gulch.
The third stage in Golden will offer seven laps of a 9-mile circuit, with a short, steep climb up Washington Street and rolling terrain that adds up to 4,000’ of vertical.
The final stage in downtown Denver will be one for the sprinters. Starting and finishing at Coors Field, the crowd-friendly course will cover LoDo, 17th Street and City Park, in addition to offering an expo for spectators to have fun and watch the race.
The Tour of Norway
The first stage of the Tour of Norway kicks off on Thursday in Åsgårdstrand. The 128km-stage will offer two QOMs and two sprint points before finishing in Horten. The second stage, totaling 131km, starts in Mysen and features an undulating course before heading into the rolling finishing laps in downtown Askim.
The third stage, the Queen Stage, will offer the Tour of Norway’s first-ever mountain top finish, a 1.3km climb with an average gradient of 7.3% up Knardal Hill to the Fredriksten Fortress. Riders will see this climb a total of two times, once before the finish of the 125km race.
The final stage will be the Tour of Norway’s longest day, with 158 total kilometers. The race starts in Svinesund, Sweden, and crosses into Norway to finish in downtown Halden.
Get more information on the race and how to follow here: https://www.ladiestour.no/en/program-2/.