USA Pro Challenge bike race picks Colorado host cities for 2014

DENVER - The 2014 USA Pro Challenge bike race will race through Aspen, Gunnison, over part of Monarch Pass, around Colorado Springs, from Woodland Park to Breckenridge, around Vail and visit several other cities next summer.

The race will kick off in Aspen on Monday, August 18 with a circuit race.

Tuesday, cyclists will race from Aspen to Crested Butte.

Day 3, the race course winds from Gunnison to Monarch Mountain on Monarch Pass for its first-ever mountain top finish.

Stage 4, on Thursday, will take riders around Colorado Springs for the second circuit race of the week.

Day 5, cyclists will race from Woodland Park to Breckenridge before traveling to Vail for a time trial on Saturday.

On day 7, the race will finish in the Denver metro area. However, fans will choose the final location and the plan for the final day. Fans are being asked to go to: www.prochallenge.com/PickStage7 and choose between four options for Stage 7:

- Denver Circuit Race similar to the final stage of the 2013 race

- Start in Golden and finish in Denver

- Start in Boulder and finish in Denver

- Start in Boulder and end in Golden

"The host cities selected for the 2014 USA Pro Challenge will really highlight the majestic beauty of Colorado to our worldwide audience," said Rick Schaden, owner of the USA Pro Challenge. "These cities are valued partners who help us continue to raise the bar for professional cycling in America."

This will be the first time racers will visit Monarch Mountain and Woodland Park.

The specific, detailed route will be announced in the spring.

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