USA Pro Challenge
It didn’t take Bob Williams long to embark on his first bike-and-beer tour. He was 15 and couldn’t drive, so Williams and his friends convinced their parents to let them ride their bikes 300 miles through Wisconsin.
The USA Pro Challenge named the host cities for the 2013 race on Wednesday, and cycling fans in Northern Colorado have reason to cheer.
Longmont is the latest city in Colorado bidding to become a stage of the USA Pro Challenge bike race.
The bicycle race wrapped up only last month but towns and cities across Colorado are already gearing up to be a part of next year’s USA Pro Challenge.
Taylor Phinney from Boulder blistered the time trial course with the fastest time, but it was Christian Vande Velde who took home the yellow jersey. He had to make up nine seconds. He did that, and then some to win the second annual USA Pro Challenge.
Many of the USA Pro Challenge racers said the support from fans was incredible and state officials say the marketing Colorado has received because of the coverage is priceless.
Christian Vande Velde won the overall title in the USA Pro Challenge, finishing second Sunday behind Taylor Phinney in the closing time trial.
Millions of cycling enthusiasts around the world were watching Boulder on Saturday as the USA Pro Challenge rolled into town.
Defending champion Levi Leipheimer opened a 9-second lead Saturday in the USA Pro Challenge overall standings, while Australia’s Rory Sutherland won the uphill sixth stage.
Tyler Farrar raced to his second sprint victory in the USA Pro Challenge and fellow American Tejay van Garderen maintained the overall lead through a tiebreaker Friday.