Kiitella Awards: 2018 Colorado Classic Pro-Cycling Awards – VAIL – Stage 1 & 2

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At the 2018 Colorado Classic Stages 1 & 2, hosted by Vail, winners are awarded very cool medals and trophies, both custom-designed and fabricated by Colorado metal artist Lisa Issenberg, of Kiitellä (Finnish v. meaning to thank, applaud or praise).
The Medals:
“Gold, silver and bronze” medals — actual metals are solid brass, stainless steel and bronze patina’d brass — in the curvaceous form of a bicycle chain link, ready to open a bottle of Colorado brewed beer, or hold a key… And the neck ribbon?.. a slice of used bike tube. A slick and fully functional award for the podium finishers. 
The Trophies:
Vail’s iconic Gore Range is captured in steel, and capped with used bicycle chain, welded to the ridge. Thick, satin-polished “gold, silver and bronze” rings frame a metal printed Colorado Classic logo. 

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