USA Pro Challenge
The top cyclists in the world are arriving in Colorado this week to prepare for the USA Pro Challenge.
This will be the fourth year of the USA Pro Challenge, and race continues boast an impressive group of elite pro racers and a punishing overall elevation gain.
Boulder’s Taylor Phinney is back in Colorado recovering from a horrific crash at the US Cycling championships in Chattanooga, Tenn. last May. His injuries will keep him out of the USA Pro Challenge that begins in Aspen on Aug. 18.
As thousands of bicyclists hit the mountain roads and highways across Colorado for the USA Pro Challenge, highway traffic along the route will be impacted.
Lexus has signed a two-year contract to sponsor the USA Pro Challenge as part of a move by the luxury automaker to get more involved with the sport on a global basis.
Headlining the lineup for the fourth USA Pro Challenge next month are BMC, Team Garmin-Sharp, Cannondale, Trek Factory Racing and Tinkoff-Saxo.
Taylor Phinney’s hopes to ride in the Tour de France have been dashed and competing in the USA Pro Challenge is in doubt after a serious crash at the US Cycling championships.
Already billed as the biggest spectator event in Colorado, the USA Pro Challenge, the weeklong stage race will take riders to a summit finish for the first time in its four-year history this August when they tackle Monarch Mountain.
The route for this year’s USA Pro Challenge cycling competition was announced on Tuesday and for the first time a stage will end on a mountaintop.
Riders taking part in next year’s USA Pro Challenge will make their way through Golden during the final stage of the race.