Once again, Breckenridge has been chosen to be the site of one stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Last year, we cheered the racers as they finished up a stage here during the inaugural race; this year, we’ll be cheering them as they start Stage 5 on Friday, August 24, 2012.
The Challenge, which runs from August 20 – 26, will start in Durango and wind up somewhere in the Denver metro area. The second Challenge should prove to be as exciting and demanding as last year’s event, billed as “the most challenging race ever held on American soil.” Over 1 million worldwide spectators saw Olympians, World Champions and the Tour de France podium winners among the 135 racers who participated last year.
Stage 5 will take riders from Breck over Hoosier Pass and then onto a yet-undisclosed route ending in Colorado Springsand covering approximately 100 miles. A VIP Hospitality Tent will be set up to allow a certain number of visitors the opportunity to rub elbows with the cyclists and enjoy a continental breakfast before the start of the race. If you’re interested in learning more about the VIP opportunities, visit http://upcc.wufoo.com/forms/usa-pro-cycling-challenge-vip-experiences/.
Governor Hickenlooper has declared August 20 – 26 as an honorary holiday stating, “We want race week each August to be known as a Colorado Cycling Holiday to attract visitors from all over the world and to celebrateColorado, good health and cycling.” Last year’s race attracted more than 1 million spectators from around the state, country and world and contributed $83.5 million to theColoradoeconomy.
Why not plan to spend a wonderful week in Breck this summer and enjoy the race as well? For more information about the Pro Cycling Challenge, visit www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com.Tags: Colorado