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Junior cycling race takes center stage in Silt this weekend

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentCompetitors tackle the road race at last year's Colorado Mini Classic.
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The Colorado Mini Classic, which is quickly becoming the Western Slope’s premier junior cycling event, returns to Silt this weekend.

The three-phase Mini Classic, which features a time trial and criterium on Saturday and a road race on Sunday, is back after a successful debut in the summer of 2010.

A new criterium course and an earlier date flavor this year’s iteration of the event. After laboring through a July heat wave in 2010, racers will no doubt welcome the new early-June date.

“The 100-degree weather last year was a bit warm,” said event organizer Bill Sommers, who’s affiliated with Two Rivers Cycling, the host club. “That was the primary reason we moved it up a little bit.”

The weekend kicks off with a Saturday-morning time trial on the Interstate 70 frontage road in Silt.

In the afternoon, racers shift to the streets surrounding Veterans Park in downtown Silt, where they’ll contend with a technical, L-shaped course with six turns in a criterium race.

On Sunday, the Mini Classic’s marquee stage – the road race – will invade Silt Mesa’s rolling hills. The 14-mile course will punish the young competitors’ legs and lungs.

Two Rivers Cycling is putting on this weekend’s event in conjunction with the American Cycling Association.

Sommers said he has heard nothing but positive feedback after last summer’s race.

“The families that came were absolutely thrilled,” he said. “Last year, we ran the race in July and, for the next two months of road racing throughout the summer schedule, every time they saw Two Rivers Cycling, they said thanks.”

Sommers hopes the event becomes a fixture in the state cycling scene.

“We’re just excited this second-year event seems to be continuing to gain traction,” Sommers said. “We hope it continues.”

jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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