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Vail may be part of cycling race

Edward Stoner
estoner@vaildaily.com
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Local leaders are trying to ensure that Vail will be a part of the elite international cycling race that is coming to Colorado next year.

The Vail Valley Foundation has been discussing the planned event for a while with an advisory group, said John Dakin, vice president of communications for the foundation. Now that the tour has been officially announced as the Quiznos Pro Challenge, the foundation will start working with other local groups to prepare a formal proposal for a Vail stage, Dakin said.

“Now, it’s really trying to work with the town and any other entities in valley that would be involved in a potental stage here to put our best foot forward when Quiznos comes asking for (requests for proposals), which is the process that they are planning on putting out to any communities in the state that are interested in potentially hosting a stage,” Dakin said.

Vail has a track record of taking part in big bike races. The Coors Classic bike race, which took place from 1979 to 1988, had events in Vail, including a time trial up Vail Pass and a criterium – a race composed of laps on a short course, often on city streets – in Vail Village.

Vail also hosted the 1994 and 2001 World Mountain Bike Championships.

“The legacy is there,” Dakin said. “Everyone involved in cycling in Colorado knows the stages of the Coors Classic that were in Vail. It really now becomes up to the owners as to whether they want to do a time trial, whether they want to do a criterium, or a (stage) start or finish.”

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The Vail Valley Foundation had plans to bring a three-stage race, the Colorado Stage International Cycle Classic, to Vail in 2008, but it was canceled due to sponsorship problems.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 970-748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.