Coors Classic paved the way for pro cycling in Colorado

Davis Phinney

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will bring the world’s best cyclists to compete in Colorado starting Monday in Colorado Springs and concluding  Aug. 28 in Denver.

But it’s not the first time pro cycling has come to the Rocky Mountain state by a long shot. From 1975 to 1988 the state hosted the world’s best riders, first in the Red Zinger Classic and later in the renamed Coors Classic.

The Denver Post has a terrific story with great photos about those important days for American cycling, when the likes of Davis Phinney, Alexi Greiwal, Andrew Hampsten, Ron Kiefel and Bob Roll raced for the 7/11 team, competing against the likes of fellow American Greg LeMond. Read more.

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