Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Breck Lands Start AND Finish for 2013 USA Pro Challenge

Breckenridge will host the Stage 2 finish and Stage 3 start of the seven-day USA Pro Challenge bike race in August 2013, race organizers announced Wednesday.

“It's very exciting,” Breckenridge Town Councilwoman Wendy Wolfe said. “It's a great early Christmas present for the Town of Breckenridge.”

The race, which drew millions of spectators in its first two years, will start its third year in Aspen, with teams touring through Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek, Vail and Loveland-Fort Collins before heading into Denver for the Stage 7 finish.

“Riders now know there is no race in America like the USA Pro Challenge, and these host cities help ensure cycling's world stage returns to Colorado for seven days of grueling competition,” Pro Challenge CEO and co-chairman Shawn Hunter stated in a release announcing the host cities. “Each of these communities will be on an international stage as we partner with them to ensure the USA Pro Challenge takes its place as America's greatest race.”

For Breckenridge, the bike race has become a headline event of the summer season, continuing to draw spectators numbering in the tens of thousands.