After 43 years of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, the signature cycling event in Durango is at a crossroads. Be sponsored again by USA Cycling at the ...

Iron Horse is at a crossroads

Times change; cycling is no different.

Through 43 years, the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic has done plenty of changing of its own, but a concentrated shift in focus from professional cyclists to the citizen races has been evident in recent years.

“When we very first started this, it was totally a racers’ race event. It was that way all the way through the 1980s,” chairman of the race committee and IHBC founder Ed Zink said. “But the whole industry has shifted. Big tours are growing more than the straight competitive events.

“It is a competition; I shouldn’t quite call it...