05 April 2011

USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Good news about changes to the race today
Just as folks figured out the race was not called the Tour of Colorado, but Quiznos Pro Challenge, the race organizers have changed the name again to USA Pro Cycling Challenge. This name better describes the race. It is in the US, it is for pros only, it is cycling, but it might not be too much of a challenge for the pros, although the altitude is the real challenge. They could have called it the Pro Altitude Challenge. The race dates are the same (August 22-28, 2011), the race place is the same Colorado. The race name, logo, url, FB and twitter name have changed. 

What is the USA Pro Cycling Challenge?

A 7-day stage race in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, in August 2011, 600 miles, 127 professional riders from 16 teams. There will be 1 prologue on the first day, followed by 6 stages. Who will be the first winner?

The new USA Pro Cycling Challenge logo:
The new Twitter username, will be: @USAProChallenge

The new Facebook page is: USA Pro Cycling Challenge 

The new website url is: http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/
The change in name was explained (on the official website), "the change of its name to USA Pro Cycling Challenge in order to showcase the global scale of the event to a worldwide audience.  Quiznos will continue as a founding sponsor with the same level of participation in the event."
Just 138 days away, the website still has limited information, but some additional race sponsors are listed and include: Quiznos, Beyond the Edge, Icon Lasik, Pearl Izumi, Smash Burger, Colorado.com.

TV coverage was announced at the Press Conference this morning at 9:30am at the Colorado State Capital building. NBC sports and versus will be airing live coverage of the race on TV (25 hours of cycling coverage over seven days). NBC Sports will broadcast the final day of the inaugural seven-day professional cycling competition live on August 28, 2011.  VERSUS, a member of the NBC Sports Group, will extensively cover the event with 3.5 hour broadcasts each day from August 22-28.

In this photograph taken by AP Images for USA Pro Cycling Challenge, From left, Ken Gart, Bob Shaver, Shawn Hunter, former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D), Paul Sherwen, Rick Schaden and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) pose for a photo following a news conference on April 5, 2011

Please visit the PedalDancer.com USA Pro Cycling Challenge Page for more information.