5 years ago by Sam Wiebe

Utah Victory Drives Team Toward Success In Colorado

Rob Britton and Sara Poidevin Lead Men, Women at Colorado Classic

On the heels of Rob Britton’s historic win at last week’s Tour of Utah, Rally Cycling heads east aiming to claim another general classification title at the reborn Colorado Classic. The four-day event, August 10 – 13, pays homage to iconic Colorado races like the Coors Classic and the 1986 World Championships with stages in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver. The women face two tough stages, while the men will contest four. Rob Britton, fresh off his career defining win in Utah will lead the men’s squad. His compatriot, Sara Poidevin, will captain the women’s team and looks to continue an impressive run of podium finishes.

The Colorado Classic kicks off with a demanding circuit race in Colorado Springs and takes the riders through the city’s iconic Garden of the Gods sandstone rock formations. Stage two sees the riders head high into the Rockies for a circuit race in the scenic mining town of Breckenridge. During each of the 10.3-kilometer laps, the riders will face almost 700 ft of climbing. The third stage starts in the Mile High City of Denver and heads through the mountains west of Denver via the Peak to Peak Highway. Once through Golden Gate Canyon State Park, the riders descend back to Denver for what is expected to be a sprint finish. The fourth and final stage sends the riders on a 12-kilometer urban circuit through the streets of downtown Denver, starting and finishing at the Velorama Festival in the RiNo Art District. The festival, held in conjunction with the Colorado Classic is a three-day concert series featuring Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie and The Old 97’s.

Colin Joyce is aiming to add to a couple of stage wins to his palmarès

“We are coming into Colorado with the same winning mindset that we have raced with all year,” said Britton. “The team is aiming for overall victory and stage wins. It is going to be a hard race to control with only six-man teams, and the guys are little tired after their tremendous efforts in Utah. Fortunately, everyone that raced in Utah is tired. The team is in great form, know the task at hand, and will rest on Sunday after we get the job done.”

Taking to the start line next to Britton will be additional general classification threats Evan Huffman and Sepp Kuss. All three are coming straight from the Tour of Utah and aim to keep the team’s win streak alive. Especially motivated for overall victory is Colorado native, Sepp Kuss. After winning the iconic Iron Horse Classic in May, and wearing the leader’s jersey for a day in Utah, Kuss is motivated to claim his first overall stage race victory. Danny Pate will captain Rally Cycling out on the road while North Star Grand Prix champion Colin Joyce and recent Cascade Classic stage four winner Shane Kline will be aiming to rack up stage victories.

Sara Poidevin looks to continue her podium streak in Colorado

The women of Rally Cycling arrive in Colorado with winning momentum after an impressive string of victories and podiums at BC Superweek and the Cascade Cycling Classic. Leading the charge will be Sara Poidevin and Emma White. Coming back from a broken arm, sustained at the beginning of the season, Poidevin stormed the roads around Bend, Oregon to take a stage win, second overall, the Best Young Rider competition, and the Queen of the Mountains title at the Cascade Cycling Classic. White, in the middle of a breakout season, has taken a stage win at the Tour of the Gila, a stage and the overall at the North Star Grand Prix and swept the U-23 road race and time trial at the US National Championships. They are joined by Cascade Cycling Classic stage three winner Sara Bergen and recently crowned Canadian Road National Champion Allison Beveridge. Olympic silver medalist, Kelly Catlin looks to make up for lost time as she returns to action from a fractured wrist suffered at Winston-Salem in June. All-around strong woman Amy Benner completes the squad and will be on the hunt for her first UCI victory.

“After racing the Lotto Thüringen with the U-23 National team, I am excited to be back in the squad,” said White. “Everyone has come together this season, and the results have been amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing what we are capable of this week in Colorado. I love the courses, especially stage two in Breckenridge. It looks hard, but a lot of fun!” The season has been fantastic, and it would be great to cap the road season with another win."

Colorado Classic Stages
Stage 1: Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs (M: 150.4 km / W: 61.7 km)
Stage 2: Breckenridge - Breckenridge (M: 103 km / W: 51.5 km)
Stage 3: Denver - Denver (M: 130 km)
Stage 4: Denver - Denver (M: 120.1 km)

Colorado Classic Roster | Men

Rob Britton
Evan Huffman
Colin Joyce
Shane Kline
Sepp Kuss
Danny Pate

Colorado Classic | Women
Amy Benner
Sara Bergen
Allison Beveridge
Kelly Catlin
Sara Poidevin
Emma White