These numbers don't lie.
2,500: The maximum amount of road cyclists - 1,500 in the tour; 1,000 in the race - racing the train to Silverton.
290: A record high to compete in this year's time trial.
275: A record high to compete in this year's criterium.
200: A record high to compete in this year's Quarter Horse, the abbreviated tour from Durango to Purgatory.
198: A record high of men and women competing for this year's omnium title, awarded to the man and woman cyclist
with the most collective points from the road race, the crit and the trial.
45: The professional men's field.
25: The professional women's field.
"Everything is in good order," Iron Horse Bicycle Classic race director Gaige Sippy said Wednesday afternoon. "This
is as good as it's ever been on a Wednesday before the race."
The weather appears favorable, too. Quoting a seven-day weather forecast online:
Saturday: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the morning ... then mostly sunny in
the afternoon. Highs in the 70s.
Sunday: Clear. Highs 65 to 75. Lows in the 30s.
Monday: Clear. Highs 75 to 85. Lows 35 to 45.
"I don't think Mother Nature is going to bring us snow, so we're good with that," said Sippy, who was forced to
cancel the 2008 race because of inclement weather.
"It's the weather, though. I'm not going to count my chickens before they hatch."
And the roads are ready.
Colorado Department of Transportation swept U.S. Hwy 550 on Tuesday and repaired all the potholes pestering the
"CDOT - we get an incredible amount of support from all these organizations," Sippy said.
Sippy, directing the IHBC since 2007, has watched his numbers grow, and Durango's signature event is selling out its
spots quicker than ever, too.
"All of our race categories were sold out by February, late June," said Sippy, who added his 1,500-person tour - the
nonprofessional ride from Durango to Silverton - sold out March 2.
"All around, we were sold out a lot sooner this year than last. That's a good thing. We want people to be
Stay tuned, too; Sippy is planning big things for next year's 40th anniversary.
He said there's a possibility of bringing back the mountain bike competition, then adding King and Queen of the
Mountain titles for the cyclists accruing most points from the road race and mountain bike race.
Not that the director is resting on his laurels for this year's 39th: Val-Air Glideport and Animas Media of Durango
will shoot aerial coverage from a helicopter for this year's race.
The pro men start the festivities with a 7:20 a.m. launch from Durango High School; the pro women follow 6 minutes
"We've got a very strong women's field this year," Sippy said. "Both fields, really."
Both defending champions return: Anthony Colby on the men's side and Mara Abbott on the women's side.
Previous champions Drew Miller, Burke Swindlehurst and Ned Overend also will ride.
Team Bahati, led by Durangoan Ian Burnett, former Durangoan Corey Collier and Fort Lewis College alumnus Alex Hagman, will compete in the men's race, and the Canadian national road champion will compete in the women's race.
The president of USA Cycling will be in this year's men's field.
Also, 114 cyclists will be wearing Lance Armstrong's Livestrong kit in the race, including four of the charitable
organization's board of directors.
Those numbers don't lie.