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Centurion Cycling unveils trio of exciting Colorado courses


BOULDER, COLORADO (February 25, 2010) ­- Calling to mind the glory days of the famed Coors Classic when Tour de France champions Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault roared through the Rocky Mountains, Centurion Cycling is bringing big time biking back to the challenging climbs that link Colorado’s Front Range with the Peak-to-Peak highway (aka Colorado State Highway 72).

On July 18, 2010, thousands of amateur riders of all abilities will test themselves on a trio of courses that encompass the first of three Centurion Cycling events in North America. All three Centurion Colorado routes start and finish in Lyons, located an hour north of Denver, and only 25 minutes from the cycling Mecca of Boulder.

Centurion Colorado’s hallmark is its 100-mile ride, which includes nearly 13,000 feet of climbing during two ascents to the Peak-to-Peak (see course profile below).  The first climb takes riders up through the town of Ward. Round No. 2 travels through Jamestown, then up the infamous Super James climb.

Each ascent is followed by a rolling northbound ride on the scenic, mountain-lined Peak-to-Peak, where stunning views of the Rockies await. Next comes a speedy trip down South St. Vrain Canyon back to the start/finish line in Lyons. The course’s high point is 9,353 feet, and more than a third of the route is above 7,500 feet.

Like the 100-mile route, the 50-miler is heavy on climbing, heading out of Lyons, then south along Highway 36, before commencing the trek up to Ward. The 25-mile ride is more beginner and family friendly, sending riders on a mostly flat trip along the pastoral rural roads east of Lyons.

Detailed Centurion Colorado course maps and profiles can viewed and downloaded at Centurion Cycling’s newly updated website, www.CenturionCycling.com. The revamped site also includes information on Centurion Wisconsin and our newest event, Centurion Canada. There’s also a comprehensive FAQ, helpful training tips, updated news, complete registartion information, bios of key Centurion Cycling staff and much more.

Combine the mass-participation buzz of a big-city marathon, the epic beauty of a European gran fondo, and the all-inclusive nature of a cycling century ride and you get Centurion Cycling. Starting in 2010, Centurion Cycling will forever alter the landscape of North American amateur cycling, launching a three-event series that will enhance, improve and unite non-competitive charity rides and ultra-competitive races.
Each Centurion Cycling event features fully-stocked aid stations, controlled traffic, technical and medical support, precise chip timing, and spectacular courses that are set at 100, 50 and 25 miles, challenging riders of all abilities to develop time goals just like marathon runners. Centurion Cycling’s ability-based seeding process, broad range of age-group and team categories, and multiple distance options encourage racers, enthusiasts, beginners and families to all embrace this new challenge where racers race, riders ride and everyone has fun.
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