21 July 2014

Pro Teams for 2014 USA Pro Challenge

Teams announced to race in Colorado pro race in August

From August 18-24, 2014, sixteen professional cycling teams from six countries will gather to race over the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The race begins in Aspen (Monday) and finishes in Denver (Sunday). Please come see some of the best professional cycling teams in the world compete on the magnificent roads of Colorado.

UCI ProTeams
  • BMC Racing Team (USA) @BMCProTeam
  • Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA) @cannondalePro
  • Team Garmin-Sharp (USA) @Ride_Argyle
  • Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS) @tinkoff_saxo
  • Trek Factory Racing (USA) @TrekFactory
UCI Professional Continental Teams
  • Drapac Professional Cycling (AUS) @DrapacCycling
  • Team NetApp – Endura (GER) @NetAppEndura
  • Team Novo Nordisk (USA) @TeamNovoNordisk
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA) @UHCprocycling
UCI Continental Teams
  • Bissell Development Team (USA) @BissellDT
  • Hincapie Sportswear Development Team (USA) @HincapieDevo
  • Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home (USA) @TeamJamisHB
  • Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (USA) @JellyBellyTeam
  • Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) @OPTUMpbKBS
  • Rapha Condor JLT (GBR) @raphacondorjlt
  • Team SmartStop (USA) @TeamSmartStop
Read more about the teams on the official USA Pro Challenge website

2013 American National Champion Road Freddie Rodriquez, the yellow jersey winner Tejay van Garderen, third place GC Tom Danielson, and the best climber (KOM polka dot jersey) Matt Cooke, race the final circuit laps in Denver.  Photo © By Ryan Wallace of RevLine.com for Pedal Dancer®

USA Pro Challenge trivia: 
Which five teams have participated in every edition of the USA Pro Challenge since the inagural race in 2011? Answer: BMC Racing Team, Team Garmin-Sharp, Cannondale Pro Cycling (formerly Liquigas-Cannondale), Team Novo Nordisk (formerly Team Type 1) and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.

Remember the winners from 2013:
Overall winner Tejay van Garderen’s BMC Racing Team
Sprint Jersey winner Peter Sagan’s team Cannondale Pro Cycling
King of the Mountains Jersey winner Matt Cooke’s team Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home
Best Young Rider Jersey winner Lachlan David Morton’s team Garmin-Sharp
Overall best team: BMC

Tejay van Garderen is currently 5th overall racing in the Tour de France. After he rolls into Paris, one week from now, hopefully (!) he will return to his home in Aspen, Colorado to take place in one of the biggest professional cycling races in America. The team rosters will be announced 6-10 days before the race start.

Michael Schär and Tejay van Garderen.  Photo © By Ryan Wallace of RevLine.com for Pedal Dancer®

More information on the Pedal Dancer guide page: USA PRO CHALLENGE

These are our 2014 Host Cities and Stages:

Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 18 – Aspen
Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 19 – Aspen to Mt. Crested Butte
Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 20 – Gunnison to Monarch Mountain
Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 21 – Colorado Springs
Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 22 – Woodland Park to Breckenridge
Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 23 – Vail
Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 24 – Boulder - Golden - Denver

These are our 2014 Race Sponsors:
Colorado Come To Life
Sierra Nevada
United Healthcare
Team Novo Nordisk
Colorado State University
Centura Health
First Bank
Certified Angus Beef
The Denver Post
Beyond the Edge

Colorado National Guard, Cliff Bar, Pearl Izumi, Optum, Jelly Belly, The Infinite Monkey Theorum, Maxxis, Smart Stop, Edward Jones, DraPac, Trek, EKS&H, Bissell, Cannondale, Fleetwood RV, Red Fox, Smith Optics, Yakima, Cateye, Sutter Home, Polar Bottle, Mavic, Osprey, Velo, 10Speed Coffee, 5280, The Gazette, 102.3 ESPN, Entercom, US Forest Service, Easy Goals, Colorado Athletic Club, USA Cycling

The peloton climbing through the mountains in 2014. Photo © By Ryan Wallace of RevLine.com for Pedal Dancer®

2014 USA Pro Challenge FAQs:
  • UCI 2.HC, American Tour race
  • 7-day stage race
  • 2 circuit races, 1 mountain top finish, 1 ITT at high altitude
  • Twitter @USAProChallenge #USAPro or #USAPro2013 #USAProChallenge
  • Facebook page USA Pro Cycling Challenge
  • Official Race Website http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/
  • Email info@usaprocyclingchallenge.com
  • USA Pro Challenge blog
  • VIP buy tickets
  • Volunteer sign-up
  • Race Sponsors (partners)
  • All Colorado Road Closures for the 2014 USA Pro Challenge Bike Race (coming soon)
  • Rider Startlist (coming soon) 
Race Owner Rick Schaden and USA Pro Challenge CEO Shawn Hunter celebrate with the best team in 2013 - BMC! They will be back. Photo © By Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®