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2013 Colorado Mini Classic takes off with record number of riders

May 25, 2013

Most cycling fans know the Red Zinger Bicycle Classic evolved into the Coors Classic, but probably aren’t acquainted with the rest of the Red Zinger family tree.

Starting in 1981 cyclists aged 10 to 15 advanced their skills in a five day Colorado stage race called the Red Zinger Mini Classic. It ran until 1992. But it didn’t truly end.

The event and the opportunities it provided to juniors never died in the minds of some, including one alum, Jon Tarkington. In 2010 he helped to establish a new two day event for juniors under the name Mini Classic.

This year the Mini Classic turns four and unfolds over three days along the roads of Silt on Colorado’s western slope. One hundred and thirty-five juniors aged 10 to 18 together with a new category of U23 riders began the race Saturday with an individual time trial.

Encouraged by parents and each other, competitors from twelve states took off under hot sun on a five to nine mile out and back course paralleling the I-70 frontage road. Cross tailwinds and headwinds challenged the young riders and set the list of early leaders based on points.

The Mini Classic continues on Sunday with a hilly road race of 14 or 18 mile circuits from Silt into the hills and back. It concludes on Monday with a criterium around the town park.

Results should be posted on the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado‘s website.

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