FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 6th, 2017
NBC SPORTS GROUP TO PRESENT COLORADO CLASSIC PRO BIKE RACE IN AUGUST
NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold to Provide Television and Live Streaming Coverage of 4-Day Event from Aug. 10-13
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 6, 2017 – RPM Events Group and NBC Sports Group have partnered on a media rights agreement for the inaugural Colorado Classic bike race, both parties announced today. The four-day race (Aug. 10-13) will be televised on NBCSN and live streamed on NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s live streaming direct-to-consumer product.
“NBC Sports is an international leader in coverage of cycling, and this partnership allows us to significantly expand our audience and share the excitement of the inaugural Colorado Classic with cycling fans throughout the state and across the globe,” said RPM Events Group CEO David Koff. “This partnership also allows us to showcase Colorado, our host cities and the Colorado Classic in ways that will help propel us toward our goal of producing sustainable, entertaining cycling events on an annual basis.”
“As the home of many prestigious cycling races, we’re excited to partner with the Colorado Classic and continue our commitment to cycling fans,” said Jeff Macaluso, Senior Director, Programming, NBC Sports Group.
The 2017 Colorado Classic will be held for four days this summer with starts and finishes in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and Denver. As a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) sanctioned 2.HC stage race, the Colorado Classic will feature WorldTour teams, the sport’s top squads.
From Aug. 10-13, the Colorado Classic men’s field will race more than 300 miles in fan-friendly circuits in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge and Denver. The Colorado Classic will also feature women’s circuit racing in Colorado Springs on Aug. 10 and in Breckenridge and Denver on Aug. 11.
Paul Sherwen will call the action on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold, joined by analyst Christian Vande Velde and reporter Bob Roll.
Live coverage of all four stages of the 2017 Colorado Classic will be streamed on connected devices, including connected TVs, through NBC Sports Gold:
- Thursday, Aug. 10 — Colorado Springs circuit races for men and women
- Friday, Aug. 11 — Breckenridge circuit race for men and women
- Saturday, Aug. 12 — Denver men’s circuit race
- Sunday, Aug. 13 — Denver men’s circuit race and closing festivities
Following is the television schedule for the 2017 Colorado Classic on NBCSN (all times ET and subject to change):
- Stage 1, Colorado Springs: 10 6:30-8:00 PM
- Stage 2, Breckenridge: 11 7:00-9:00 PM
- Stage 3, Denver: 13 1:30-3 AM
- Stage 4, Denver: Aug. 13 8:30-10:30 PM
NBC Sport Gold’s 2017-18 cycling package begins with the 104th Tour de France on Saturday, July 1. Click here for more information.
The Denver portions of the Colorado Classic will feature a companion festival of national music acts, a marketplace and much more. In addition, there will be a special women’s only criteriumin Denver on Friday night, as part of the festival. Details on those plans can be found at VeloramaColorado.com
For more information, visit http://www.ColoradoClassic.com, @ColoradoClassicPro on Facebook or @COClassicPro on Twttter.
ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital, which includes NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com, GolfChannel.com, the digital assets of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, Rotoworld, the NBC Sports Talk franchise, multiple apps, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.
ABOUT RPM EVENTS GROUP
The Colorado Classic is being produced by RPM Events Group, which includes civic-minded investors with a vision of re-inventing cycling events that are sustainable and fun, while providing a long-term positive social and economic impact to citizens and communities.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–