Iron Horse Bicycle Classic a kickoff for Durango’s return as cycling destination

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Iron Horse Bicycle Classic a kickoff for Durango’s return as cycling destination

Durango, Purgatory bring event-filled season for cyclists
Sarah Zoey Sturm and Durango-area professional mountain bikers have enjoyed small races at Purgatory Resort over recent years, but the return of a UCI Category 2 race this summer along with two other series events will help Purgatory take the next step to potentially regaining a national championship or World Cup event.
Riley Amos of Animas High School is an up-and-coming Durango mountain bike star. He will get a chance to showcase his skills in front of home fans this season with races at Purgatory Resort and the high school state championships.
Durango’s Katja Freeburn, who competes for Fort Lewis College, will benefit from all the local races this summer.
Mountain bikers in Durango will have more start lines in town than ever this season.
Durango’s Katja Freeburn, who competes for Fort Lewis College, will benefit from all the local races this summer.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic a kickoff for Durango’s return as cycling destination

Sarah Zoey Sturm and Durango-area professional mountain bikers have enjoyed small races at Purgatory Resort over recent years, but the return of a UCI Category 2 race this summer along with two other series events will help Purgatory take the next step to potentially regaining a national championship or World Cup event.
Riley Amos of Animas High School is an up-and-coming Durango mountain bike star. He will get a chance to showcase his skills in front of home fans this season with races at Purgatory Resort and the high school state championships.
Durango’s Katja Freeburn, who competes for Fort Lewis College, will benefit from all the local races this summer.
Mountain bikers in Durango will have more start lines in town than ever this season.
Durango’s Katja Freeburn, who competes for Fort Lewis College, will benefit from all the local races this summer.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic a kickoff for Durango’s return as cycling destination

Gaige Sippy, race director of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, is instrumental in bringing several bicycle events to Durango each year, including Todd Well’s Durango Dirt Fondo in September.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic a kickoff for Durango’s return as cycling destination

Mountain Capital Partners mountain bike director Hogan Koesis, front, is key to Purgatory Resort bringing back a UCI mountain bike race to Durango this summer. In the new position, Koesis is involved in big projects at all of the collective’s mountains, and the work he did to make Angel Fire a mountain bike destination has gained the attention of the entire industry.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic a kickoff for Durango’s return as cycling destination

Durango’s Maddie Jo Robbins won all five races she competed in during last year’s Colorado Cycling League en route to the high school state championship. This October, the state championship race will come to Durango.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic a kickoff for Durango’s return as cycling destination

Trail work at Purgatory Resort will help the mountain host three big pro series races this summer in a return to the resort’s famed mountain biking legacy.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic a kickoff for Durango’s return as cycling destination

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