26 September 2010

Quiznos Pro Challenge - Colorado, August 2011

A real Pro Tour coming to Colorado!  

The Route of the 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge was announced Thursday, November 4, 2010:
11/4/10, The Stages and Host Cities of the 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge were announced 
    Quiznos Pro Challenge Route 2011:
    The 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge Stages
        August 22 - Stage 1, Prologue time trial, Colorado Springs
        August 23 - Stage 2, Salida to Crested Butte, mountain-top finish
        August 24 - Stage 3, Gunnison to Aspen, mountain stage
        August 25 - Stage 4, Vail, time trail, former Coors Classic stage
        August 26 - Stage 5, Avon to Steamboat Springs
        August 27 - Stage 6, Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge
        August 28 - Stage 7, Golden to Denver

    Race information:

    Race dates and routes, what teams are attending, which racers will be racing, recommended viewing and riding, Pedal Dancer.com USA Pro Cycling Challenge information page.
    • Read more at the official website: Quiznos Pro Challenge
    • Quiznos Pro Challenge Official Press Release on Podium Insight
    • Official Tour Route and Map to be announced in the coming months
    • The location and description of the Host Cities can be seen on a Quiznos Pro Challenge Map 
    • Read other PedalDancer.com posts about the old Quiznos Pro Challenge new USAPCC
    • Read the race details here on my recent post today 11/4/10, 10:45am.
    •  More information about other Cycling races and events in Colorado in the summer of 2011 including Bicycle Tour of Colorado and Ride the Rockies.
    (original post from September 26, 2010)
    I really think they should stop referring to the old Coors Classic in referencing the new Quiznos Pro Challenge. Isn't that giving free PR to Coors, and isn't that really old school by now? The old Coors Classic course hardly resembles itself now that suburbs and gambling towns have been built on it's path in the past 22 years. It's outdated - let's move on. Let's give Quiznos all the attention they deserve, they are the ones willing to sponsor the race.
    This is a new race with new riders and a chance for Colorado to shine. This past week was the deadline for Colorado towns and cities to submit their bids to host a stage start or finish of the Tour. It will take weeks to review the choices and plan the final route of the Quiznos Pro Challenge. In a recent blog post, I listed the cities that are known to have submitted a bid for 2011. I'm not going to say much more until after, I make either new friends or my own hotel reservations along the route.
    The most interesting announcement about the race is that the Tour of Utah and the Quiznos Pro Challenge will be one week apart on the race calendar. Both races are applying to be UCI 2.1 sanctioned races in 2011.
    The other interesting announcement is the new logo image for the bike race. Reportedly it was designed to attract new American fans to the sport. I cannot help but notice the similarity of the logo to a few of our other popular sports. Ah marketing at it's best.
    Where you can find the Quiznos Pro Challenge online (good old fashioned urls):
    Website: http://www.quiznosprochallenge.com/
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/QProChallenge
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/QuiznosProChallenge#!/QuiznosProChallenge?v=wall