Teams, Riders, and Fans
Teams - 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado
Basically teams with sponsor interest in our state or nation and/or a key rider on the team (such as Levi Leipheimer of Omega Pharma-Quickstep, last year's tour winner) plus an invitation by race organizers will compete. Race organizers have complete say in who competes in their race. Please also visit the team section on the official USA Pro Cycling Challenge website: http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/teams. I know nothing about team RusVelo from Russia, it will be exciting to be exposed to an entirely new team.
- Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
- BMC Racing Team (USA)
- Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda (USA)
- Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA)
- Omega Pharma-QuickStep (BEL)
- RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (LUX)
- Champion System Pro Cycling Team (CHN)
- RusVelo (RUS) and select translate page
- Team SpiderTech powered by C10 (CAN)
- Team Type 1-SANOFI (USA)
- UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)
- Bontrager Livestrong Team (USA)
- EPM-UNE (COL)
- Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
- Team Exergy (USA)
- Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)
|These 16 teams will compete in the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge|
Riders - 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge:
There are a number of riders who were injured during the recent Tour de France and are busy recovering, good news is that Tom Danielson will be racing. Did you know? Jens Voigt wrote that of the 198 riders who began the Tour de France "more than three quarters had a crash or even several crashes" at some point during the race (read: Hardly Serious with Jens Voigt: Light the Night on Fire for Bicycling.com).
The Vuelta a Espana in Spain will take place over three weeks in August at the same time as the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. This is the Start List for the 2012 Vuelta, which means the riders on this start list will definitely not be racing in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The biggest news is that Elia Viviani, the sprinting wonder during the 2011 USPCC from team Liquigas-Cannondale, will be racing the Vuelta and not coming to Colorado. And Peter Sagan, the man who won 63% of the Amgen Tour of California, will not be racing at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Also this will be George Hincapie's last race before George retires (George Hincapie is retiring). Please come out and help make it an excellent experience for him. Joe Dombrowski, who rides for Bontrager Livestrong, won the 2012 GiroBio (Baby Giro) and may be riding with his team. I hope to see Tejay van Garderen, whose father Marcel will be working with Mavic during the race.
Continental Team Riders
After a full season of professionsl racing and watching coverage of the UCI Pro Tour teams we have become familiar with the more well-known riders, however the Continental teams deserve our attention too. These teams contain excellent athletes who are usually not swamped and will be available for a chat and a word of support from the fans.
More information for fans
Read a recap of the 2011 by Pedal Dancer - USA Pro Cycling Challenge - wrap up and also More Cowbell
If someone else could please start a "Bring Bernie to Colorado" campaign I would greatly appreciate it. I think we need the character of Bernhard Eisel with Team Sky Pro Cycling to add panache to the race!
World Tour - what used to be called the ProTour became the UCI World Tour in 2011. It is comprised of 27 elite male cycling events around the world. None of the races in the USA are on the World Tour calendar (use a space between the 2 words). View a complete list of all UCI World Tour races. And the current World Tour rankings.
- The three Grand Tours (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a Espana)
- The five Monument one day races
- Nine further stage races in Europe
- Six further one day races in Europe
- One stage race in Australia
- Two one day races in Canada
- One stage race in Asia
UCI Professional Continental Team - these teams compete in the UCI Continental Circuit races divided into 5 specified zones around the world, and must be formally invited to compete in a World Tour event. The team is comprised solely of professional riders and must have 14 riders, 2 team managers and 3 other staff members in full employment all year. ProConti is the slang term used for these teams.
UCI Continental Team - are governed on a national level and may comprise both professional and amateur riders who compete in continental races in their region. The nation under which the team is registered is the nation under which the majority of its riders are registered.