On Saturday, August 24, Golden will be in the international spotlight as we host the third stage of the Colorado Classic® presented by VF Corporation. For the first time ever, the race will feature all-female professional cyclists who will compete for purses equal to those given to male pro cyclists. This is a giant step for professional cycling as well as a growing trend, and Golden is proud to be a part of this groundbreaking event. Nearly 100 of the best women cyclists in the world — including Olympians, World Champs and collegiate All-Stars — will compete in this thrilling UCI 2.1 road race. Don’t miss it!
Race cowbells available at local businesses!
Local Stage Sponsors
A big shout-out and thanks for supporting Golden and the Colorado Classic!
Start Time: 11:30 a.m.
Start Location: Near the Welcome to Golden Arch
The race starts at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 and will finish at approximately 2 p.m. The Start and Finish of the race is near the Golden Arch. The route is a 9-mile circuit that comes through downtown Golden 7 times as the racers loop around for a total of 63 miles of fast action-packed racing.
Stage 3 in Golden offers many opportunities for up-close viewing of the action. There are three sprints and seven swift laps over a nine-mile circuit that starts and finishes near the iconic Golden Arch downtown. There are many great places to watch the racers throughout the loop. You can also watch it on the big screen in Parfet Park at the Cycling, Health & Fitness Expo.
To ensure a safe route for the cyclists, the roads associated with the route will be closed. Closures on Washington Avenue will be more extensive to allow for the building of the stage at the start/finish line.
Please note that the closure times may change depending on what happens during the race, and are at the discretion of CDOT, Colorado State Patrol and other emergency responders.
A link to the route is available at www.coloradoclassic.com/2019-stage-3-golden.
Friday, August 23
1 p.m. – Washington Avenue from 11th to 13th streets, and 12th Street from Prospector Alley to Miners Alley will close beginning at 1 p.m.
Saturday, August 24
7 a.m. – Washington Avenue closure extends to include 10th to 14th Streets and Jackson Street from 10th to Water (east side of Parfet Park)
11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ENTIRE ROUTE CLOSED – All streets driveways and access along the indicated route will be closed to all vehicular traffic for the entire race.
Traffic Exit Points
Traffic will be intermittently allowed to cross the Colorado Classic route downtown in two locations during the bicycle race on Saturday, Aug. 24, but these are only EXIT points for vehicles wishing to leave the closure, so please plan ahead!
Golden Police will allow vehicle traffic southbound at 18th and Jackson, and northbound at 10th and Ford to cross briefly during the race. There could be a wait at these locations, as Golden Police will only open the roads for short periods of time, and only when the race route is clear.
Pedestrian traffic will be allowed to cross the course into the closure. Your patience is appreciated during these hours!
Friday Road Closures
Saturday Morning Road Closures
Saturday Full Route Road Closures
Best Places to Watch: Fan Zones
Bring your family and line the streets of Golden to root for these amazing athletes! Cowbells, costumes and superfans are highly encouraged. Let’s show the riders and the world what Golden is made of and make some noise! Here are some of the best Fan Zone locations to watch the race:
- Start/Finish at 12th and Washington – a great place to watch all the action, including the Start and Finish, seven passes of the racers, the rider sign-in ceremony at around 10:30 a.m. before the race starts, and the Podium Award Ceremony (and press conference) immediately following the race around 2 p.m.
- Sprint Lines from 10th to 12th on Washington Avenue (laps 2, 4 & 5)
- Queen of the Mountain / Washington Climb at 14th – Bring your cowbells, thundersticks and costumes, and make this quick climb – one of the most memorable for racers and fans.
- New Terrain Brewing on Table Mountain Parkway has a front seat to all the racing action. Plan to ride your bike there or get there before the route closes at 11 a.m.
- Cycling, Health & Fitness Expo – the race will be live-streamed to the giant screen in Parfet Park.
Cycling, Health & Fitness Expo in Parfet Park
Parfet Park will be transformed into the Cycling, Health & Fitness Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with an assortment of national and local vendors focused on cycling, health, fitness and lifestyle. We’ll have a free bike corral, race merchandise, food trucks, non-alcoholic beverages and water bottle fill stations. Plus, live entertainment on the VF Corporation stage and a big-screen TV so you won’t miss any of the race action.
Bike Corral & Parking
As you can imagine, parking downtown will be limited and hard to access. Best options include parking along the outskirts outside of downtown and walking, riding or scootering to your favorite viewing spot. Better yet, cycle all the way! A free bike corral will be available at the tennis courts on 10th and Illinois streets. Also, permit parking in the 9th Street neighborhood will be suspended, which will provide more parking options.