DENVER - The 2013 USA Pro Challenge cycling race will start in Aspen and end in Denver as it races through the state next year.
The third annual race will return to Steamboat Springs, Vail and Denver and visit two new cities -- Fort Collins and Loveland.
Officials said the race has drawn more than 1 million fans in each of its first two years and generating nearly $200 million in cumulative economic impact for the State of Colorado.
The 2013 host cities and route:
- Monday, Aug. 19 Stage 1 Aspen/Snowmass Circuit
- Tuesday, Aug. 20 Stage 2 Aspen/Snowmass – Breckenridge
- Wednesday, Aug. 21 Stage 3 Breckenridge – Steamboat Springs
- Thursday, Aug. 22 Stage 4 Steamboat Springs – Beaver Creek
- Friday, Aug. 23 Stage 5/ITT Vail Time Trial
- Saturday, Aug. 24 Stage 6 Loveland – Fort Collins
- Sunday, Aug. 25 Stage 7 Denver Circuit
"Riders now know that there is no race in America like the USA Pro Challenge, and these host cities help ensure cycling’s world stage returns to Colorado for seven days of grueling competition,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO and Co-Chairman of the USA Pro Challenge. “Each of these communities will be on an international stage as we partner with them to ensure the USA Pro Challenge takes its place as America’s greatest race."
“The USA Pro Challenge is one of my favorite race weeks," said Christian Vandevelde, the overall winner of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge. "I can’t wait to get back in 2013 and defend the title with my Garmin-Sharp teammates."
"The USA Pro Challenge has created an entirely new audience for our state," Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said. "Not only is it the best American competition, it’s essentially a week-long advertisement for our state with 128 of the best cyclists in the world acting as tour guides."
Learn more on the USA Pro Challenge website.