A look back at the first running of one of America's most influential cycling races during the sport's formative years

40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Start line for first Red Zinger
The start line on 9th street, in front of North Boulder Park, was the site of the first Red Zinger in 1975. Photo: Robert Alexander Carpenter
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: North Boulder Park start
The Red Zinger/Coors Classic grew to become one of the biggest men’s pro-am, and women’s races in the world. Photo: Robert Alexander Carpenter
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Wayne Stetina
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Live race coverage
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Mass start
The race helped to establish careers of cycling greats such as: Greg LeMond, Davis Phinney, Connie Carpenter, Jeannie Longo, Rebecca Twigg, Jonathan Boyer, Phil Anderson, Steve Bauer, Andy Hampsten, Luis Herrera, Adrie van der Poel, Dag-Otto Lauritzen, and Raul Alcala. Photo: Robert Alexander Carpenter
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Tea booth
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Women's podium
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Women's start
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Stage race
The Zinger hosted Olympic teams just before the Los Angeles Games in 1984. Photo: Robert Alexander Carpenter
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Post-race rest
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Peloton
In 1984, Warner Bros. Studios secured exclusive theatrical rights for a feature film “American Flyers,” starring Kevin Costner. The film was shot on location during the actual race. Photo: Robert Alexander Carpenter
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Finish line, Boulderado Hotel
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Stage start
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Mo Siegel
40th anniversary of the Red Zinger: Michael Aisner