Colorado's largest sporting event will be back in 2015 and headed to at least five different ski resorts. The USA Pro Challenge, one of the most successful bicycle stage races in the United States, will take place from August 17-23 and for the first time ever the race will start in Steamboat Springs. The 2015 version also includes new host venues Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain, with an individual time trail in Breckenridge on August 21. The race draws over 1 million fans each year and generated $130 million in economic impact for the state in 2014 alone.
Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 17 – Steamboat Springs Circuit Race
Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin
Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Copper Mountain Resort to Aspen
Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 20 – Aspen to Breckenridge
Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 21 – Breckenridge Individual Time Trial
Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 22 – ???
Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 23 – Golden to Denver
Why the question marks for stage 6? Organizers are letting fans determine the location of the next-to-last-stage. Head over here to vote.
· USA Pro Challenge [Official Site]
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