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Red Zinger/Coors Classic collection acquired by Denver Public Library

The Denver Public Library has acquired 14 years of Red Zinger Bicycle Classic and Coors International Bicycle Classic materials for permanent installation in its Special Collections Archives. Michael Aisner and Kay Groeneveld, owners and promoters of the event that was the premier stage race in the U.S. from 1975-88 donated the collection. The multi-day stage race through California, Nevada and Colorado attracted top pros and amateurs, including Tour de France, World and Olympic champions. It was credited as being instrumental in the careers of three-time Tour de France champion Greg

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The Denver Public Library has acquired 14 years of Red Zinger Bicycle Classic and Coors International Bicycle Classic materials for permanent installation in its Special Collections Archives. Michael Aisner and Kay Groeneveld, owners and promoters of the event that was the premier stage race in the U.S. from 1975-88 donated the collection.

The multi-day stage race through California, Nevada and Colorado attracted top pros and amateurs, including Tour de France, World and Olympic champions. It was credited as being instrumental in the careers of three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, as well as 1988 Giro d’Italia winner Andy Hampsten, Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter and Davis Phinney among others.

The yearlong cataloging of the collection has been concluded by staff of the library, with printed material such as the annual race magazines and yearbooks, spectator guides, wall calendars, race manuals, contracts, correspondence and sponsorship proposals. The collection also includes the commemorative merchandise sold by the Classic, which in its last two years topped $1 million in sales worldwide annually.

In addition, videos that document historical moments in cycling dating back to rare footage of the first race in 1975 are available for viewing. There is even footage from the making of the Warner Brothers film “American Flyers” with Kevin Costner shot at the race.

The Red Zinger/Coors Classic Collection is located on the fifth floor in the Western History and Genealogy Department for research use.