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Gates on the Podium for Colorado Classic

  August 3, 2018

For the second straight year, Gates will be front and center when the Colorado Classic stage race storms through the state from August 16-19, bringing top bike racers from around the world and attracting a global TV audience of pro cycling fans to the scenic mountains and streets of Colorado.

Spot Bikes-Acme hero

Gates Industrial Corporation, headquartered in Denver for over 100 years, is sponsoring Stage 4 in Denver as well as the Colorado Classic race leader’s jersey, which will be emblazoned with the Gates logo. Gates will also present the winning male and female racers with stylish belt driven¬†Acme commuter bikes from homegrown Colorado bicycle brand Spot, based in Golden. The Acmes are equipped with the Gates Carbon Drive system. “This is a great opportunity for us to show the innovation of our advanced bicycle drivetrain system to a worldwide audience of pro cycling fans and to our hometown Denver crowds as well,” says Carbon Drive Director Todd Sellden. “We hope the winners will enjoy cycling around their communities on these premium belt drive urban bikes when they aren’t racing.”

Spot Bikes-Acme Shimano Alfine 11
The Acmes include a range of top components including Shimano Alfine 11-speed internally geared hubs, leather saddles and grips, hydraulic disc brakes, and a Shimano dynamo hub for powering head and tail lights without batteries.

Gates will likewise have a big presence at the Velorama bike and music festival adjacent to the finish line in Denver’s RiNo District on Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday, August 17, 18 and 19. A large Gates branded tent will include displays illustrating the wide range of products that use Gates technologies, from wind turbines to motorcycles to bicycles and more. We urge Denver residents and all Coloradans to come enjoy the racing, music and excitement, and to check out some of the bikes pictured below that will be in the Gates tent.

The Conveyor eBike from Pedego features a Brose mid-drive motor and exemplifies the application of Gates Carbon Drive on premium electric bikes.
The 600 from Priority Bicycles, equipped with a Pinion gearbox.
The 600 from Priority Bicycles, equipped with a Pinion gearbox.
The Pinion gearbox on the 600 features a whopping 600% gear range and sealed reliability.
Full-suspension, double battery pack Delite GT Nuvinci HS with Gates Carbon Drive
The full-suspension, double battery pack Delite GT Nuvinci HS from Riese & Muller is a belt driven eBike for backroads adventures.

Gates will also display bikes from Coast Cycles, Co-Motion¬†and more. Gates has also partnered with Priority Bicycles and Wish for Wheels on Buildorama, a project to build and donate 50 Priority Start children’s bikes to Denver middle school kids. Watch the videos below to catch a glimpse of the excitement of the 2017 Buildorama and some sights from last year’s Velorama exhibit. See you at the race!