A square mile of downtown will be closed for festival ahead of Colorado Classic bike race

A square mile of downtown will be closed for festival ahead of Colorado Classic bike race

Open Streets Denver will be closing down a square mile of downtown Denver for two hours and opening it up to walkers, bikers, scooterists and the like ahead of the third annual Colorado Classic bike race on Sunday, Aug. 25.

The event, which kicks off with the Mayor’s Bike Parade at 10:30 a.m., will include a drifter trike challenge course, parking spaces that have been converted into mini urban parks and a driver education program. It’ll end at 12:30 p.m.

Later in the day, the eight blocks of downtown will again be converted, but this time into a portion of the Colorado Classic racecourse.

“(The Open Streets Denver event) is about bringing fans to the race and finding new fans and getting people excited, to feel what it’s like to be on the same course as the pro,” said Rob Simon, senior vice president for RPM Events Group.

Denver is the fourth and final leg of the four-day professional women’s cycling race. Starting at 1:30 p.m.. the cyclists will race eight laps around the city. They’ll start at Coors Field, head down to 17th Avenue, hit City Park, return via 17th Avenue and get back to Coors Field through RiNo.

The bike race has been shuffling its identity ahead of its third year. In December, it announced that it would be converting into a women’s only pro race. In January, organizers announced that they would be bringing an end to the Velorama Festival, a companion music festival meant to be a revenue driver for the race.

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