USA PRO CHALLENGE
Referred to as “America’s Race”, the USA Pro Challenge filled a long-standing void left by the departure of the popular Red Zinger and Coors Classic stage races of the 80’s. Now in its 6th year, the seven-day road race, which cuts through the majestic Rocky Mountains and features the world’s top athletes, has become the largest spectator event in Colorado with hundreds of thousands of people lining the route. The event itself has an estimated economic impact of more than $100 million as the race showcases some of Colorado’s finest mountain communities in Breckenridge, Vail, Steamboat Springs and Aspen. The USA Pro Challenge is one of three 2.HC rated races in the United States, joining the Tour of California and the Tour of Utah. Every August, the event is covered nationally by Verses and NBC Broadcasting with on-air commentary by Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen and Colorado’s own – Bob Roll.
2011 – Levi Leipheimer (USA) / Team RadioShack
2012 – Christian Vande Velde (USA) / Garmin-Sharp
2013 – Tejay van Garderen (USA) / BMC Racing Team
2014 – Tejay can Garderen (USA) / BMC Racing Team
2015 – Rohan Dennis (AUS) / BMC Racing Team
In 2015, the USA Pro Challenge introduced a three-day women’s professional stage race that dovetailed with the men’s race. In its inaugural year, the race was won by two-time Olympic champion, Kristin Armstrong and became an instant hit with racers and spectators.
2016 Update – Originally seeded by the Schaden Family, race organizers are currently in pursuit of a new ownership model – a collection of local and national investors – that will give the race a stronger foundation and one with long-term viability (read more). Host communities for the 6th edition of the Pro Challenge are expected to be announced this winter and complete stages unveiled in the spring.
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