June 6, 2023

Front Range Road Racing Needs Your Help!

Front Range Road Racing Needs Your Help!

Road racing in Colorado’s Front Range continues to struggle, with a relatively light schedule, event postponements and cancellations. In addition, attendance at races has been lower than last year, which continues a downward trend for road racing in Colorado and around the country. Other events, such as gravel, triathlon and mountain bike races, are thriving, which begs the question: is road racing a thing of the past on the Front Range?

What can you do? Start by understanding the pressures of hosting a road event:  

  • Denver growth—the metro area has doubled in population since 1990. This makes road events harder to permit. Racers may need to drive an hour or two to race outside of the Denver metro area. 
  • Higher event costs—entry fees have to go up to keep pace.
  • Revenue uncertainty—when people don’t pre-register, event directors aren’t sure whether they can sustain the cost of the event.

If you care about road racing events in Colorado, please attend, pre-register early, volunteer or work to create an event. The cycling community needs your involvement!

For information on hundreds of great Colorado rides and races, please see our Comprehensive Events Calendar. It is full of road, mountain, gravel and cross events, including fundraisers, clinics and scenic non-sanctioned rides. There are so many ways to have fun on your bike(s) in our beautiful state!

Upcoming Events

June 7: Rattler Racing’s MidWeek Melee returns to Bear Creek Lake Park in Lakewood.

June 7: The Session Series continues at Floyd Hill—send it!

June 7: BJC’s Short Track Racing continues at Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park.

June 7: The Summit Mountain Challenge brings us another great race in Summit County.

June 7: Midweek criterium racing continues through the summer at P2P’s Table Mountain Training Series on the Colorado State Patrol circuit in Golden. 

June 10: Our very own Yvonne van Gent brings us the John Stenner Memorial Colorado State Time Trial Championships in Keenesburg. This event is pre-registration only. Pre-reg closes at noon on Thursday, June 8.  

June 10: Telluride Gravel pairs sweet gravel with incredible scenery.

June 10-11: The GoPro Games in Vail has it all—bikes of all kinds, kayaks, runners, music and dogs. Lots of dogs. 

June 11: The Modern Market Criterium brings high speed racing and great vibes to Littleton. 

June 11: Ride to End ALZ is a fully supported one-day ride in Fort Collins that supports Alzheimer’s research. 

June 11-16: Since 1986, Ride the Rockies has taken bike riders on amazing journeys around the state. This year’s route kicks off in bike-mecca Fort Collins and goes over Rocky Mountain National Park on its way back to FoCo. 

June 14: Midweek criterium racing continues through the summer at P2P’s Table Mountain Training Series on the CSP circuit in Golden. 

June 14: BJC’s Short Track Racing continues at Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park.

June 14: Vail’s Mountain Bike Town Series kicks off with the Davos Dash

June 14: The ACC brings us the Glassier-Buckhorn Mountain Bike Race near Basalt. 

June 14: Steamboat’s Town Challenge throws down on Emerald Mountain’s beautiful trails.

June 16: The USOPC Velodrome kicks off a month of Friday Night Track Racing in Colorado Springs.

June 17: The HUNDO treats riders to Buff Creek’s best trails in an incredible event that supports COMBA, Lucky to Ride and the Colorado High School Cycling League.

June 17: Ride & Revel is a non-competitive event that showcases great views and the quiet paved and gravel roads near Greeley. Choose your distance and have a great ride!

June 17: The Freedom Tour Classic raises funds for children rescued from sex trafficking. Based in Fort Collins, this event has different ride options to suit everyone.

June 17: The Pony Express Gravel 160 highlights the incredible gravel scene near Trinidad. 


Updating Your USAC Profile

Yvonne has noticed that many riders do not have their club listed on their license and that some licenses are showing as ‘pending’ in the USAC database. A ‘Pending’ license is not valid at races. Chances are that you did not sign the USAC waiver when you renewed. 

Please check your USAC account and make sure your club is listed. If your license is pending, click on the license tab in your account and sign your waiver. If the waiver is signed and it still shows as ‘pending,’ then you need to contact USAC (membership@usacycling.org) to sort out the problem.


Ongoing Topics

New Digital Platform

We are constructing a new digital platform to replace the old BRAC website. This new site will have a new filterable comprehensive calendar, will hold and display results, calculate Cup points and serve as a club management tool. Until the platform is released, the best place to find results is USA Cycling.

2023 Racing for Road and Cross

2023 road racing includes events held in coordination with the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference and the traditional Rocky Mountain Road Cup. Cup points will be available at most road events in 2023. Cup points earned prior to the new platform’s release (for both individuals and teams) will be counted for the 2023 Rocky Mountain Road Cup.

2023 will include a cyclocross racing season with the traditional Colorado Cross Cup and State Championships. Please see our Cross Cup page for more info.

Paired Membership Model with USAC

We are very pleased to announce a new, reimagined membership relationship between Bicycle Colorado (which in 2023 is serving as the Local Association in Colorado) and USA Cycling. For 2023, this paired membership model includes a Racing Membership with Bicycle Colorado ($40 value) with your purchase of a RACE Membership from USA Cycling! 

What do you need to do?

Go to USA Cycling to purchase your 2023 RACE Membership. USAC will share this information with Bicycle Colorado, including current memberships that were purchased in 2022. In the next few weeks, Bicycle Colorado will send you an email to activate your user account. Once you are confirmed in our new membership database, you’ll be included in Bicycle Colorado communication, offers and programs including our season-long Cup points competitions.


Please share this update with your friends and teammates. They can subscribe to future emails using this link.  

Thank you for your continued support of cycling in Colorado during this time of transition. We greatly appreciate your commitment and patience as we finalize the details and build a new digital platform to support our cycling community. We look forward to seeing you at incredible cycling events in 2023!

Yours in cycling,

The Team at Bicycle Colorado

If you have feedback or questions on Bicycle Colorado’s Event Support Program, please contact:

Chris McGee, Event Support Program Manager

Phone: 303-223-4170

Email: chris.m@bicyclecolorado.org

Yvonne van Gent, Event Support Operations Coordinator

Phone: 303-757-1892

Email: raceevents@bicyclecolorado.org