Colorado Classic

Kevin Kreck / Associated Press

The Colorado Classic takes off from Colorado Springs Thursday, bringing nearly 175 professional cyclists from around the world to the Centennial State.  Colorado Springs hosts the first leg, with the women's race kicking off mid-morning Thursday, and the start of the men's race set for the afternoon.  Both starts take place downtown at Tejon and Pikes Peak, with peak road closures occurring on Thursday along the route between downtown and Garden of the Gods.

Holly Pretsky / 91.5 KRCC

An elite bike race is coming back to Colorado Springs this August. 

The new "Colorado Classic" is a four-stage men's race that will take place in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver this summer and feature professional athletes from around the world. There will also be a two-day women's event in Colorado Springs and Denver.