Pro Cycling Returns to State, Colorado Springs

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An elite bike race is coming back to Colorado Springs this August. 

The new "Colorado Classic" is a four-stage men's race that will take place in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver this summer and feature professional athletes from around the world. There will also be a two-day women's event in Colorado Springs and Denver.

Retired Olympic cyclist Alison Dunlap was at the press conference to help announce the event and thanked organizers for including women athletes, noting that many major races leave them out.

"To have the US women get to showcase their talents here in the US and here in Colorado is just fantastic," Dunlap said.

Mayor Suthers also spoke, saying he looked forward to the race as an economic boost for the city.

The last major race to pass through Colorado Springs was the USA Pro Challenge, which ended after 2015's race. Organizers say they hope the Colorado Classic continues in years to come.