“Tour of Colorado” pro cycling race set for August 2017

Daniel Petty
The Denver Post
GOLDEN, CO - AUGUST 23: Stage 7 of the USA Pro Challenge on August 23, 2015 in Golden, Colorado.
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Cyclists who raced in the USA Pro Challenge often referred to the event among themselves as the “Tour of Colorado,” shunning the longer name for one that better captured the essence of the race.

Now, just months after the collapse of the Pro Challenge, professional cycling is back in the state, potentially under that very name.

The four-day “Tour of Colorado stage” race is set for Aug. 10-13, 2017, according to the race calendar released by the Union Cycliste Internationale, the world governing body for cycling. It’ll be part of the UCI Americas Tour, as will the Commonwealth Cycling Classic to be held Aug. 24-27 in Richmond, Va.

For now, the race’s name is a placeholder on the UCI calendar. In 2005, Andy Bohlmann registered the trade name “Tour of Colorado” to his Colorado Springs company Sand Creek Sports, Inc. Bohlmann, the former technical director of the U.S. Cycling Federation (what is now USA Cycling), confirmed he has had conversations with the investment group behind the event about selling or leasing the name and its intellectual property. From 2008-2012, the “Tour of Colorado” was a series of races in Colorado that awarded jerseys to overall winners based on their performance in the events.

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