COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - KRDO NewsChannel 13 confirmed Friday night that the just-departed Colorado Classic bike races won't come back to Colorado Springs next year.
The confirmation came from a city communications official and from Tom Osborne, president and CEO of the Sports Corp, a key planner of the event.
The first stage of the inaugural event, held Thursday between the city's downtown and west side, produced widespread public criticism because of traffic congestion from street and road closures, and businesses that lost customers or closed early.
However, Osborne said the decision was actually made several months ago because of the cost and time required to organize such an event, and the desire to avoid competing with the U.S. Senior Open gold tournament next July at the Broadmoor.
Osborne said the city will bid for the bike races in 2019.
City leaders said the races attracted thousands of visitors who spent money and stayed several days.
Bret Waters, the city's deputy chief of staff, said organizers will study what worked and didn't work for the races, and determine if planning can be improved.
The city asks residents to complete an online post-event survey to gather feedback about the event. To see the survey, visit: https://coloradosprings.granicusideas.com/surveys/colorado-classic-cos-stage-1-post-event-survey.
(NOTE: The video clip for this story is from the 6 p.m. Friday newscast which aired before confirmation of the bike race's status was received.)