Colorado Classic riders celebrate their stage one win

Colorado Classic winners and wrap up
Colorado Classic winners and wrap up

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Hundreds of cyclists competed in the world-class Colorado Classic Thursday, but they were met with the challenge of some rain in the afternoon.

Jenn Valente won the women’s stage one race, which started at 10:00 Thursday morning. The race was just over 38 miles and gained more than 2,000 feet in elevation.

Valente is a Colorado Springs local, attending UCCS for mechanical engineering. She also won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

John Murphy was the winner of the men’s stage one race, which started just after 1 p.m. The men’s race was just over 95 miles and gained nearly 6,000 feet of elevation.

The men’s Colorado Classic is four stages, and tops out at 313 miles total.

The women’s Colorado Classic is two stages, and tops out at just over 70 miles.

Stage two for both men and women begins Friday in Breckenridge.

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