Vail becomes fourth stop on Pro Cycling Tour
SAN FRANCISCO – “I am pleased to announce that Vail will be hosting the Rocky Mountain Classic next year,” said Dave Chauner, C.E.O. of the Pro Cycling Tour and president of Threshold Sports.
The Pro Cycling Tour, the largest and most prestigious cycling race series in the United States, officially named Vail as the newest and fourth stop for its 2004 Tour, as well as naming Vail the official resort of the tour.
Top international teams, including U.S. Postal and Team Navigators, will
compete during the three-day race series set for the September 3-5, 2004.
The Rocky Mountain Classic at Vail will open with a “Gran Fondo” race, the first of its kind in the United States. This 100-mile trek from Denver to Vail is modeled after the great Gran Fondo races which take place around the world.
On Sept. 4, 2004, a series of criterium races will take place in Vail Village featuring youth, master, amateurs and pro categories for men and women. Sept. 5, the 120-mile circuit course through Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch will feature professional men’s and women’s teams.
“The Navigators Team will send only its very best riders to Vail,” said Ray Cipollini, general manager of the Navigators Team. “We are very excited to race in such a beautiful place, and it will provide a good challenge for our team members.”
Joe Porporino of the U.S. Postal Service confirmed their team’s attendance next summer as well.
“We are definitely excited about the race in Vail and are definitely sending our team,” said Porporino.
A team of Vail representatives attended today’s press conference which took place at City Hall where the announcement took place, including Kelli McDonald, vice president of marketing for the Vail Valley Chamber and Tourism Bureau.
Also in attendance were Vail Town Council member Greg Moffet, Eagle County Commissioner Arn Menconi, and Rick Chastain of Legacy Sports Group.
“We are very pleased to host this event in Vail next year,” said Chastain. “It will give Vail tremendous visibility in our key markets, and with a strong field of riders, we are positive this event will become a great annual tradition showcasing the beauty of summertime in Vail to an international audience.”