USA Pro Cycling Challenge discontinued following organizer's departure
Group working on a new pro cycling event
Posted: 6:46 AM, Aug 04, 2016
<p>VAIL, CO - AUGUST 23: Tejay van Garderen of the United States riding for the BMC Racing Team in the yellow leader's jersey competes in the individual time trial during Stage 6 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on August 23, 2014 in Vail, Colorado. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)</p>
DENVER (AP) - A popular Colorado cycling race won't continue following the departure of organizer Shawn Hunter.
Hunter told the Denver Post
on Tuesday that he is not pursuing the cross-state USA Pro Challenge for 2017. He announced in February that the race wouldn't take place this summer, which would have been its seventh year.
A group led by Colorado businessman Ken Gart is organizing a new professional bike event for 2017. It will be different from the week-long Pro Challenge, which attracted top cyclists from across the world.
Gart says he's working with community leaders to keep pro cycling alive in Colorado.
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