From Paul Kellogg, Colorado Springs Local Organizing Committee
With nearly 40 cities across the state expressing initial interest in the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, race officials have selected Colorado Springs as one of the 12 host cities that will serve as starts and finishes for the second annual stage race.
After drawing more than 1 million spectators in its inaugural year, the 2012 race will return to Colorado from August 20-26, 2012, and will visit Colorado Springs as the finish of Stage 5 on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
“Colorado Springs is thrilled to once again be a host city for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge,” affirmed Mayor Steve Bach. “The event will attract thousands of visitors and place our city on the international stage. We are very thankful and look forward with great enthusiasm, to our renewed partnership with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.”
The host cities and stages of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge include:
“The host cities selected for the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will enable us to showcase the beauty and hospitality of Colorado to a worldwide audience,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “These cities are valued partners who will work with us, hand in hand, as we continue to raise the bar for professional cycling here in America.”
Speaking on the importance of the events Chris Carmichael, local organizing committee chair for Colorado Springs noted, “last year was a truly awesome event and our anticipation for this coming year can’t be matched. Colorado Springs has a dedicated cycling community and we are thrilled to bring the event back to our vibrant city.”
Also new in 2012 is the placement of the Individual Time Trial on the final day of racing in Denver, keeping fans holding their breath to the very end to see who will be awarded the overall victory of the seven days of fiercely competitive racing.
Fans in Denver will have multiple opportunities to cheer for any given rider, as well as the benefit of both start line access to riders along the traditional team “pit row” and the thrilling finish line excitement. A number of criteria were taken into consideration when evaluating potential host cities, including full city services support.
The race also considered commitments in the areas of lodging, volunteer recruitment, marketing and local tourism, as well as an ability to host world-class athletes and promote the State of Colorado. Further details of the start and finish line locations, as well as the specific, detailed route will be announced in the spring.
About the USA Pro Cycling Challenge: For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure – more than two miles in elevation. One of the largest cycling events in United States history, the 2012 race will feature the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
Referred to as “America’s Race,” the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take place August 20-26, 2012. More than 1 million spectators are expected to once again line the route to see if Levi Leipheimer will defend his title as winner of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, while millions more around the world will watch the race on television and online through Tour Tracker. More information can be found on the website www.USAProCyclingChallenge.com and Twitter page @USAProChallenge.
I vote for a finish on the top of Pikes Peak :)
Wow, that's a long stage... from Breck to here but It will a fast stage if they are going down HWY 24 and Ute Pass. That stage will remind me of the Alpes de hues or some of the other mountain stages in the Tour de France.