USA PRO CHALLENGE

COLORADO'S USA PRO CHALLENGE - the tour in Colorado for pro racers

The USA Pro challenge is now in it's fifth year, every year the race begins in a new city, this year that honor goes to Steamboat Springs where the race begins on August 17th. Highlights for the race in 2015 include two passes over Independence Pass, an individual time trial in Breckenridge, an eventful four days in Steamboat Springs to start the race, a climb up Rist Canyon and Lookout Mountain, two first-ever visits to Arapahoe Basin and Cooper Mountain Resort, and a final four lap circuit in downtown Denver before the big finish in front of the Stage Capital.

Expect a very nice week in Colorado.

Opportunities to be a fan along the route abound and are free (unless you prefer to purchase a VIP ticket or package experience). The race continues to be very popular with racers, who give praise to race organizers and look forward to returning with their teams every year.

The race in 2015:

Crossing some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado, through many of our most popular towns, this bike race is called a stage race (UCI 2.HC). The same group of riders will race day after day for seven days, from city to city across the state of Colorado, with no rest day. Although the Grand Tours in Europe (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a Espana) are up to 3-weeks in length, and the Tour of California is an 8-day race extending over two weekends, the Colorado tour is a  one week race from Monday, August 17th through Sunday, August 23rd.

About the 2015 USA Pro Challenge Race:

Dates: August 17-23, 2015 - men's race, begins in Steamboat Springs
Dates: August 21-23, 2015 - women's race, begins in Breckenridge
7 Stages, 865 Miles, 32 Hours of Racing, 16 Cities
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Map of 2015 USA Pro Challenge Colorado
Map of 2015 USA Pro Challenge Colorado
I keep this Guide Page updated constantly!

Host cities were announced and exact routes and profiles are now known, however teams and riders have not yet been announced for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge. Expect more announcement in August 2015.

What we know: host cities, route maps, profile maps, start times, finish times, sprint locations, king of mountain (KOM locations).

What we are waiting to know: teams, startlist (rider roster), road closures.

Please find more race information below (on this one page) regarding:
  • The Organization
  • The Competitors
  • The Route
  • The Climbs
  • The Roads
  • The Spectator 
  • Colorado Cycling
  • Pedal Dancer Race Coverage
Teams and Riders
The teams and riders of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado have not yet been announced. If you want to know who is NOT racing in Colorado in August, check the startlists of the Vuelta a Espana which starts one day before the USA Pro finished, here Startlist #1 or Startlist #2. If you want to know which riders will be racing in the USA Pro in 2015 - you will have to wait until next week for the official announcement, or you can watch this preliminary startlist for the USA Pro Challenge grow rider by rider.

Road Closures
Wondering which roads will be closed for the USA Pro Challenge in your town this year? CDOT will be publishing their exact plan for road closures on their website very soon. Beta is here: http://www.cotrip.org/home.htmCDOT creates an excellent website for spectators regarding travel advisories for roads along the race route offering exact roads and closures times.

The start of Stage 1 in Aspen in 2014. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
Location of Colorado in the U.S.A.
How do you want to see the race in 2015?

The thrill of the race. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

A relaxing day at the race. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
Fun on a mountaintop (Independence Pass). Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

MEN'S RACE - stages

Stages and Host Cities for 2015 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado - MENS (maps below)
2015 will be the 5th year of this 7-day stage race which bring locals, tourists and tourist money to the state of Colorado. The only professional bike race in Colorado of this caliber, The USA Pro encourages fans to show up to root for their favorite riders and see who will win the overall General Classification. Tejay Van Garderen won the race in 2013 and 2014.

WOMEN'S RACE - stages

Stages and Host Cities for 2015 2015 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado - WOMENS (maps below)
  • Stage 1: Friday, August 21 - Breckenridge (Individual Time Trial same day as men)
  • Stage 2: Saturday, August 22 - Fort Collins
  • Stage 3: Sunday, August 23 - Golden (finishes prior to the start of the men's race)
This is the first inaugural 3-day USA Cycling sanctioned invitation-only USA Pro Challenge women's stage race. The race will take place on the final weekend in the same cities as the men's race and will share parts of the men's course. The women's race will conclude prior to the men's finish, making an excellent opportunity for fans to see both the men and women race for equal prize money. Sean Petty will serve as the Race Director for the Women’s USA Pro Challenge. (full announcement)

Head to Steamboat Springs early so you can see and ride next to the teams training in the days before the race start! Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®




PEDAL DANCER RACE COVERAGE FOR 2015

Pedal Dancer® bike blog has been covering the race for five years, providing quick and easy spectator guides to each stage. Always considering the viewpoints and needs of spectators, tourists, cyclists, or straight-forward racing fans. I post stage results as well as inside stories from chasing the race.

The race begins in Steamboat Springs - a welcoming cowboy ski town northwest of Denver. The following day there will be an early climb over Rabbit Mountain and a final climb to the ski station of Arapahoe Basin (ABasin) - one of my favorite roads to cycle in Colorado (especially the nearby Loveland Pass). Next the peloton will depart Copper Mountain, another ski village, and climb over Independence Pass into the familiar city of Aspen. They won't stay long, the next day the riders climb back to Breckenridge where the 9600'ft elevation individual time trial will take place the following day on Stage 5. This will be a do not miss day in Breckenridge (it's a Friday).

Breckenridge is an excellent choice to base the peloton and it's entourage for two nights. As welcoming as Steamboat, the city is even more scenic and excels at hosting large events. Where ever you see the race - enjoy!

My race pins on my camera bag.
SPECTATOR GUIDES TO EACH STAGE by Pedal Dancer®  (stage guides carefully being prepared as you are out on your daily bike rides ...)

What you need to know about each stage of the USA Pro Challenge on one resource page where you will find, in order, Stage dates, stage information, VIP tickets, apparel, city tourism, town websites, local events, TV coverage, Tour Tracker app, media coverage, stage preview, recommendations, where to ride, road closures, start time, finish time, route map, climb profiles, sprint location, KOM location, results, current standings, photos, and race links.
  1. How to see Stage 1 of USA Pro Challenge 2015 - Steamboat
  2. How to see Stage 2 of USA Pro Challenge 2015 - Steamboat / ABasin
  3. How to see Stage 3 of USA Pro Challenge 2015 - Copper / Aspen
  4. How to see Stage 4 of USA Pro Challenge 2015 - Aspen / Breck
  5. How to see Stage 5 of USA Pro Challenge 2015 - Breck ITT!
  6. How to see Stage 6 of USA Pro Challenge 2015 - Loveland / Fort Collins
  7. How to see Stage 7 of USA Pro Challenge 2015 - Golden / Denver
Top 15 spectator tips to see race by Pedal Dancer®:
  1. Check road closures
  2. Allow time to watch the women's race before the men's race.
  3. Bring water, food, sunscreen and a rain jacket(!)
  4. Ride your bike up a mountain! 
  5. Ride your bike into the city: use bike valets or bring a lock 
  6. Visit the team buses at the start of a stage and ask the mechanics a question
  7. Use Tour Tracker app to watch while you wait
  8. Enjoy the festival at every finish area while you wait 
  9. Be on a mountain: Rabbit Ears Pass, Arapahoe Basin, Independence Pass, Hoosier Pass
  10. Buy a VIP ticket in Steamboat Springs, Fort Collin or Denver (if you can $$), but be sure to wander around outside of the tent. 
  11. Bring 3 sharpie pens (just in case you loose one)
  12. Stay overnight in a host city (if you can).
  13. Stay to enjoy dinner (or listen to a concert) after a stage finish and let the traffic die down. 
  14. Go to more than one stage: see a start, a finish, a mountain top, a sprint, a KOM, a feed zone (locations are not published, but signs are placed on the road). 
  15. Always carry something to autograph, just in case you see your favorite racer before or after a stage, or while walking around town.
Pedal Dancer® blog posts for the race in 2015:
Pedal Dancer® cycling recommendations near the stages of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge:
Some fun stories by Pedal Dancer® from the Pro Challenge in years past:
Previous Stage previews and spectator guides that apply (in parts) to this year's race:

Follow the tour across Colorado! Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®



THE ORGANIZATION
The organizers of this race promised the race would go on through 2015. Organizers insure a safe route for racers and spectators while working with law enforcement and town representatives. They oversee all logistics, equipment, press relations, communication, race radio, volunteers, merchandise, while following exact race rules. UCI has a guide for race organisers.

Race organizers work throughout the year to secure and please race sponsors and vendors. All team accommodations and transportation must be arranged and managed in advance and daily. Race personnel and volunteers supervised and instructed. Start lines, barricades, and finish lines erected. Announcer and TV Broadcasting arranged. It is a huge job. Plenty more guides and rules for organizers can be found here: UCI rules

The USA Pro Challenge is 98% privately funded.

A 5-year business plan was drawn up in 2011 to support a race with a budget of over 10 million dollars annually. The USA Pro Challenge is privately owned and financed by Colorado businessmen Richard E. Schaden (Rick), and his father Richard F. Schaden (pronounced Shaw-den). As Founders, Rick Schaden and Richard Schaden are committed for the long-term of this race and plan to continue support for years.

Men's 2015 Colorado Pro Challenge Facts:
  • UCI 2.HC, American Tour race
  • 7-day stage race
  • 1 circuit race, 1 mountain top finish, 1 ITT at high altitude
  • Stage Race Start: Steamboat Springs
  • Stage Race Finish: Denver
Women's USA Pro Challenge Facts:
  • USA Cycling sanctioned race
  • 3-day race
  • 1 time trial, 1 road race, 1 circuit race
  • Stage Race Start: Breckenridge
  • Stage Race Finish: Golden
Command Central on race day - CEO Shawn Hunter and Race Director Jim Birrell, calling the shots. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
2015 Poster art by David V. Gonzales. Read: Local artist wins USA Pro Cycling poster contest or buy now
RACE SPONSORS

Smashburger, Lexus, Colorado Come To Life, Sierra Nevada, United Healthcare, Coca-Cola, Team Novo Nordisk, Colorado State University, Centura Health, First Bank, Certified Angus Beef, 9News, 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

Walking through the expo area in Denver in 2014. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

APPAREL

Race organizers partner with Pearl Izumi, Polar Bottle and other manufacturers to provide lots of fan apparel and souvenirs for fans, buy at: shop

2015 women's commemorative cycling jerseys for USA Pro Challenge cyclists. buy now
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HOW TO WATCH THE USA PRO CHALLENGE

TOUR TRACKER

TourTracker™: Watch the USA Pro Cycling Challenge live on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. (not yet available for download)

TELEVISION COVERAGE

Pro Cycling Challenge - TV Coverage, NBC Sport:
Preview Show 08/16/2015 4:00 PM Premiere
Preview Show 08/16/2015 7:00 PM Repeat
Preview Show 08/16/2015 10:00 PM Repeat
Preview Show 08/16/2015 1:00 AM Repeat
Stage 1 08/17/2015 4:00 PM LIVE
Stage 1 08/17/2015 9:00 PM Repeat
Stage 2 08/18/2015 4:00 PM LIVE
Stage 2 08/18/2015 9:00 PM Repeat
Stage 3 08/19/2015 4:00 PM LIVE
Stage 3 08/19/2015 9:00 PM Repeat
Stage 4 08/20/2015 4:00 PM LIVE
Stage 4 08/20/2015 9:00 PM Repeat
Stage 5 08/21/2015 4:00 PM LIVE
Stage 5 08/22/2015 9:00 AM Repeat
Stage 6 08/22/2015 4:00 PM LIVE
Stage 6 08/23/2015 8:00 AM Repeat
Stage 7 (re-NBC)  08/24/2015 6:00 PM Delay

Pro Cycling Challenge - TV Coverage, NBC Network:
Stage 7         8/23/2015      4:00 PM     LIVE Final!

See the race LIVE! Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    SOCIAL MEDIA



    THE COMPETITORS

    TEAMS

    2015 Pro Teams for the USA Pro Challenge - (Not yet announced - teams will be announced in Summer 2015)

    RIDERS

    2015 Rider List and Team Rosters for the USA Pro Challenge - (Not yet announced - riders will be announced in Summer 2015)

    JERSEYS

    Race Classifications: Race Leader | Sprinter | King of the Mountain | Best Young | Most Aggressive | Colorado

    A special jersey is to be awarded daily to the Colorado cyclist with the lowest elapsed time. It is a race within a race, for the local boy: "BEST COLORADO RIDER - The State of Colorado is home to a number of impressively talented cyclists. These hometown heroes will compete for the distinction of wearing the Best Colorado Rider jersey, which will be awarded to the Colorado native rider that has the least amount of elapsed time (highest general classification) over the entire race."

    Danny Summerhill in the most Aggressive jersey in 2014. Look for him in the Best Colorado Rider jersey this year. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    RACE PREVIEW

    Colorado terrain delivers long road climbs, making teamwork of vital importance. This race in Colorado also typically delivers a relatively short, at altitude, defining time trial - making for quite a combination of skills and requirements. Fans can expect to see some unfamiliar names with several continental riders on the podium again this year. Although we might expect a World Tour rider to win the overall general classification, the USA Pro Challenge is always a race that gives opportunity to breakaway specialist from a pro-conti or continental team to win a stage.

    To win the USA Pro Challenge in 2015, teams will have to sacrifice greatly on Stage 1 to bring their leader close to the sprint finish line in Steamboat Springs, where a sprinter will win the stage. The next day, on Stage 2, strong teams must again deliver their leader as close to the 5-mile marker before Arapahoe Basin as possible. We should see the GC contenders forced to go for it in a final 5-mile strong climbing effort on a broad road to the line, although a puncheur might have already won the stage.

    Look for the yellow jersey to change hands between Stage 1 (Steamboat) and Stage 2 (Arapahoe Basin). Root for the breakaway to stay away, or a rider in the chase group (rouleur), to win on Stage 3 (Aspen) and Stage 4 (Breckenridge finish). The yellow jersey will again change hands after the time trial of Stage 5 in Breckenridge. Enjoy a large sprint finish (for a tired sprinter who has climbed throughout the week) into Fort Collins on Stage 6, and again into Denver on Stage 7.

    There are opportunities for stage wins for a sprinter, a strong finishing climber, a powerful rouleur, a time trial specialist who can manage a twisty climbing course, but especially the chance for a true team leader to win the overall race. Since Tejay Van Garderen will not be returning in 2015 to defend his twice earned title (he will be racing in Spain in the Vuelta a Espana), we will get to witness a new pro racer's dream come true.
    • Rouleur: a good all-rounder across all terrain types (Colorado cyclists!)
    • Puncheur: specializes in rolling terrain with short but steep climbs
    • Breakaway specialist: specializes in attacks from the start off the front in order to show off his sponsor and to try his luck to reach the finish line first.
    • General classification rider: the racer whose eye in on the biggest prize. 
    Final Classification Jerseys of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    2014 WINNERS - who won last year

    Stage Winners from 2014:
    Stage 1 - Kiel Reijnen, Aspen, UnitedHealthcare
    Stage 2 - Robin Carpenter, Crested Butte, Hincapie Sportswear Development Team
    Stage 3 - Tejay Van Garderen, Monarch Mountain,  BMC Racing Team
    Stage 4 - Elia Viviani, Colorado Springs, Cannondale
    Stage 5 - Laurent Didier, Breckenridge, Trek Factory Racing
    Stage 6 - Tejay Van Garderen, Vail ITT, BMC Racing Team
    Stage 7 - Alex Howes, Denver, Garmin Sharp

    2014 Overall General Classification - final podium
    1. Tejay Van Garderen BMC Racing Team
    2. Tom Danielson Garmin Sharp
    3. Serghei Tevetcov Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis
    Final Classification Jerseys

    Yellow - Tejay Van Garderen BMC Racing Team
    Sprint - Kiel Reijnen UnitedHealthcare
    Mountain - Ben Jacques-Maynes Jamis - Hagens Berman
    Young - Clement Chevrier Bissell Development Team

    2014 Best Team - BMC

    Best team 2014 - BMC selfie! Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    History of overall race winners:
    2011 United States Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack
    2012 United States Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
    2013 United States Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
    2014 United States Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team



    THE ROADS

    ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE 2015 USA PRO CHALLENGE

    Important Lines for Spectators to the Pro Challenge - road closures, parking, camping:

    All roads for the circuits and individual time trial will be fully closed, other roads will have rolling road closures (see definitions below).

    A word from race organizers: "Keep in mind that road closures and delays to motorized traffic do not apply to pedestrians and bike traffic, so why not ride your bike or park and walk to the location you want to watch the race? Both are great ways to see the action and join in on the fun and excitement of experiencing this world class event. Just be aware of your surroundings and stay on the shoulders where they're available."

    I would add that bikes and pedestrians are not allowed to move along CLOSED roads while the race is in progress, please find your viewing place by the time the road closes. Race Marshals and/or Police will ask you to stop and move off the road with good intentions for your safety and the safety of the racers.

    Team cars line up at a stage start in Aspen. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    Drivers:

    This section is intended to help you enjoy the race while understanding that the most important goal of race organizers is to keep the riders and citizens safe. Your goal is to allow enough time to be safe to others, not be disappointed, and arrive relaxed and ready to have FUN!  Being out on the road as a fan is a fabulous experience, being in the mountains of Colorado is even better!

    Road Closures:

    Wondering which roads will be closed for the USA Pro Challenge in your town this year? CDOT will be publishing their exact plan for road closures on their website very soon.

    CDOT creates an excellent website for fans regarding travel advisories for roads along the race route offering exact roads and closures times. Road closures are a key concern and all race personal and hired police take it very seriously. The CDOT website link (when available) gives detailed information regarding roads, direction of traffic halted, and times. Once you are on the website, please select from the individual stage tabs on the page to see the road closures for each stage.

    Definitions of types of road closures:

    Full road closures: No traffic is allowed on the course other than official race vehicles. The routes of the Individual Time Trial on Stage 6 in Vail will have full road closure (closed all of the time). This is to allow for a constant stream of cyclists along the route. Certain mountain top roads might be fully closed to car traffic.

    Rolling road closures: Most other stages will have rolling full road closures. These will be expertly coordinated by race organizers and police, and should only close the road for 20-30 minutes as the caravan/convoy moves down the road. Non-tour vehicles will be allowed to precede the race and follow the race. Any on-coming traffic headed toward the race will be pulled over by motorcycle police.
    Rolling closures are moving, as opposed to Full closures, meaning that all lanes of traffic will be cleared from the road, in both directions. All side traffic attempting to enter the road will be stopped until the race (and all support vehicles) passes through.

    Mountain Pass Closures: mountain passes are generally closed for the duration of time it takes one car to complete the entire distance over the pass, and then double that time for complete safety. Some exceptions are made when a pass might be totally closed the night before to allow for maintenance or safety. These will always be publicized ahead of time.

    Victory on the first stage for Kiel Reijnen in 2014. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®



    THE ROUTE

    2015 ROUTE MAPS AND PROFILES OF USA PRO CHALLENGE, Stage 1 through 7


    STAGE 1 - Steamboat Springs
    MONDAY, August 17, STAGE 1 - 2 lap circuit
    • Stage 1 Route Map pdf
    • Stage 1 Climb Profle pdf
    • 97 Miles / 156 Kilometers / 6,518 ft of climbing
    • Highlights: 2 laps on a large circuit
    • Start City: Steamboat Springs
    • Stage start area near the team buses and sign-in podium are great places to get autographs
    • Steamboat Springs Stage 1 Finish Festival hours: 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
    • Finish Festival Location: Yampa Street, Steamboat Springs, CO
    • Stage 1 Start time: 11:40 am
    • Sprint: Steamboat Springs downtown
    • KOM: Midpoint on Hwy 27 (Lap 1 & 2)
    • Finish City: Steamboat Springs
    • Stage 1 Finish time: approximate 3:13 - 4:38 pm
    • Podium Presentation typically 15-minutes after leaders of the stage finish
    information coming soon ...
    State Highways Impacted:
    Road Closures:

    USA Pro Challenge Stage 1 route map 2015
    USA Pro Challenge Stage 1 route map 2015 - Steamboat Springs Circuit
    Steamboat Springs circuit profile map USa Pro Challenge 2015
    Steamboat Springs circuit profile map USa Pro Challenge 2015

    STAGE 2 - Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin - * Mountain top finish!
    TUESDAY, August 18, STAGE 2 - road race
    • Stage 2 Route Map pdf
    • Stage 2 Climb Profile pdf
    • 115 Miles / 185 Kilometers / 10,078 ft of climbing
    • Highlights: Rabbit Ears Pass, Sprint in Kremling and Dillon, Mountaintop finish at ABasin
    • Start City: Steamboat Springs
    • Stage 2 Start time: 10:55 am
    • Stage start area near the team buses and sign-in podium are great places to get autographs 
    • Sprint: Kremling and Dillon
    • KOM: Rabbit Ears Pass and final climb of Arapahoe Basin
    • Finish City: Arapahoe Basin (Ski Resort)
    • Arapahoe Basin Stage 2 Finish Festival hours: 12-5:30 pm
    • Finish Festival Location: Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Colorado
    • Stage 2 Finish time: approximate 3:04 - 4:44 pm
    • Podium Presentation typically 15-minutes after leaders of the stage finish
    • Free concert after the stage finish at Arapahoe Basin at 5:00 pm
    information coming soon ...
    State Highways Impacted:
    Road Closures:

    USA Pro Challenge Stage 2 route map 2015
    USA Pro Challenge Stage 2 route map 2015 - Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort
    Profile map Stage 2 USA Pro Challenge 2015
    Profile map Stage 2 USA Pro Challenge 2015

    STAGE 3 - Copper Mountain to Aspen maps - high elevation!
    WEDNESDAY, August 19, STAGE 3 - road race
    • Stage 3 Route Map pdf
    • Stage 3 Climb Profile pdf 
    • 101 Mile / 163 Kilometers / 7,419 ft of climbing
    • Max Elevation: 12,095ft
    • Highlights: First-time host city start at Copper Mountain Village, climb of Fremont Pass, Loop around Turquoise Lake, sprint in Leadville, climb over Independence Pass, finish in Aspen
    • Start City: Copper Mountain ski resort
    • Stage 3 Start time: 11:15 am 
    • Stage start area near the team buses and sign-in podium are great places to get autographs 
    • Free concert at Copper Mountain Resort after the stage start at 12:00 pm
    • Sprint: Leadville
    • KOM: Fremont Pass (11,320ft), Independence Pass (12,096ft)
    • Finish City: Aspen downtown
    • Aspen Stage 3 Finish Festival hours: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Finish Festival Location: downtown Aspen
    • Stage 3 Finish time: approximate 2:56 - 4:47 pm
    • Podium Presentation typically 15-minutes after leaders of the stage finish 
    information coming soon ...
    State Highways Impacted:
    Road Closures:

    USA Pro Challenge Stage 3 route map 2015
    USA Pro Challenge Stage 3 route map 2015 - Copper Mountain to Aspen
    Stage 3 profile map USA Pro Challenge 2015 Colorado
    Stage 3 profile map USA Pro Challenge 2015 Colorado

    STAGE 4 - Aspen to Breckenridge maps - another high altitude day!
    THURSDAY, August 20, STAGE 4 - road race
    • Stage 4 Route Map pdf
    • Stage 4 Climb Profile pdf
    • 126 Miles / 203 Kilometers / 9,631 ft of climbing
    • Max Elevation: 12,095ft
    • Highlights: Start in downtown Aspen, climb over Independence Pass, sprint in Buena Vista and Fairplay, climb over Hoosier Pass, climb up Moonstone Rd and descend Boreas Pass before finishing on Main St in Breckenridge. 
    • Start City: Aspen
    • Stage 4 Start time: 10:20 am 
    • Stage start area near the team buses and sign-in podium are great places to get autographs  
    • Sprint: Buena Vista, Fairplay
    • KOM: Independence Pass (12, 096 ft), Hoosier Pass (11,541ft), Moonstone Rd in Breckenridge
    • Finish City: Breckenridge
    • Breckenridge Stage 4 Finish Festival hours: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
    • Finish Festival Location: parking lots of Breckenridge
    • Stage 4 Finish time: approximate 2:56 - 4:47 pm
    • Podium Presentation typically 15-minutes after leaders of the stage finish 
    information coming soon ...
    State Highways Impacted:
    Road Closures:

    USA Pro Challenge Stage 4 route map 2015
    USA Pro Challenge Stage 4 route map 2015 - Aspen to Breckenridge
    Profile map 2015 USA Pro Challenge Stage 4
    Profile map 2015 USA Pro Challenge Stage 4

    STAGE 5 - Breckenridge ITT maps - Individual Time Trial
    FRIDAY, August 21, STAGE 5 - individual time trial

    The 1st stage of the women's race will take place on the same day as the men's 5th stage in Breckenridge. Be aware of early road closures. 
    • Stage 5 Route Map pdf
    • Stage 5 Climb Profile pdf
    • 8.5 Miles / 14 Kilometers / 792 ft of climbing
    • Max Elevation: 10,088ft 
    • Highlights: 4+ hours of continuous action as each rider challenges himself /herself against the clock. 
    • Start City: Breckenridge
    • WOMENS Stage 1 Start time: 10:45 am 
    • WOMENS Stage 1 Finish time: 12:35 pm
    • MENS Stage 5 Start time: 1:00 pm (plan your early arrival due to women's race)
    • Stage start area near the team buses and sign-in podium are great places to get autographs  
    • No Sprint or KOM points
    • Finish City: Breckenridge
    • Breckenridge Stage 5 Finish Festival hours: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
    • Finish Festival Location: parking lots of Breckenridge
    • MENS Stage 5 Finish time: 3:50 pm
    • Podium Presentation typically 15-minutes after last finisher
    information coming soon ...
    State Highways Impacted: Highway 9, Boreas Pass rd, Wellington Rd, Royal Tiger Rd, Moonstone Rd, Jefferson Ave, Main St.
    Road Closures:

    USA Pro Challenge Stage 5 Breckenridge Time Trial 2015
    USA Pro Challenge Stage 5 Breckenridge Time Trial 2015
    Breckenridge time trial Stage 5 USA Pro Challenge 2015
    Breckenridge time trial Stage 5 USA Pro Challenge 2015

    STAGE 6 - Loveland to Fort Collins maps
    SATURDAY, August 22, STAGE 6 - road race 

    The 2nd stage of the women's race will take place on the same day as the men's 6th stage from Loveland to Fort Collins. Be aware of early road closures. 
    • Stage 6 Route Map pdf
    • Stage 6 Climb Profile pdf
    • 102 Miles/ 165 Kilometers / 6,228 ft of climbing
    • Start City: Loveland
    • WOMEN Stage 2 Start time (not yet announced)
    • WOMEN Stage 2 Finish time (not yet announced)
    • MEN Stage 6 Start time MEN: 11:45 am 
    • Stage start area near the team buses and sign-in podium are great places to get autographs  
    • Sprint: Windsor, Loveland downtown
    • KOM: Rist Canyon
    • Finish City: Fort Collins
    • Fort Collins Stage 6 Finish Festival hours: 11:30am - 5:00 pm
    • Finish Festival Location: downtown streets of Fort Collins
    • MEN Stage 6 Finish time: approximate 3:27 - 4:57 pm
    • Podium Presentation typically 15-minutes after leaders of the stage finish 
    information coming soon ...
    State Highways Impacted:
    Road Closures:

    USA Pro Challenge Stage 6 route map 2015
    USA Pro Challenge Stage 6 route map 2015 - Loveland to Fort Collins
    Profile map Stage 6 Loveland USA Pro Challenge 2015
    Profile map Stage 6 Loveland USA Pro Challenge 2015

    STAGE 7 - Golden to Denver maps - 4 laps in Denver!
    SUNDAY, August 23, STAGE 7 - road race  

    The 3rd stage of the womens race will begin and end in Golden on the same day as the men's final stage from Golden to Denver. Be aware of early road closures. 
    • Stage 7 Route Map pdf
    • Stage 7 Climb Profile pdf
    • 68 Miles / 110 Kilometers / 3,237 ft of climbing
    • Start City: Golden downtown
    • WOMENS Stage 3 Start time: 10:30 am (plan your early arrival for the women's race)
    • WOMENS Stage 3 Finish time: estimated 11:30 am
    • MENS Stage 7 Start time: 1:10 pm 
    • Stage start area near the team buses and sign-in podium are great places to get autographs  
    • MENS Sprint: at Finish Line
    • MENS KOM: Lookout Mountain
    • Finish City: Denver downtown (4 laps in Denver)
    • Denver Stage 7 Finish Festival hours: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
    • Finish Festival Location: in park, between Broadway and City & County Building
    • MENS Stage 7 Finish time: approximate 3:38-3:57 pm
    • Podium Presentation typically 15-minutes after leaders of the stage finish 
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    State Highways Impacted:
    Road Closures:

    USA Pro Challenge Stage 7 route maps 2015
    USA Pro Challenge Stage 7 route maps 2015 - Golden to Denver
    Profile map Stage 7 Golden USA Pro Challenge 2015
    Profile map Stage 7 Golden USA Pro Challenge 2015
    Denver Stage 7 Finish Map USA Pro Challenge 2015
    Denver Stage 7 Finish Map USA Pro Challenge 2015

    WOMENS 2015 ROUTE MAPS OF USA PRO CHALLENGE

    Stages and Host Cities for the 2015 WOMEN'S USA PRO CHALLENGE
    • Stage 1: Friday, August 21 - Breckenridge (Individual Time Trial)
    • Stage 2: Saturday, August 22 - Fort Collins 
    • Stage 3: Sunday, August 23 - Golden (finishes prior to the start of the men's race)
    It's a big year for women's racing! This will be the first inaugural 3-day USA Cycling sanctioned invitation-only USA Pro Challenge women's stage race. The race will take place on the final weekend in the same cities as the men's race and will share parts of the men's course. The women's race will conclude prior to the men's finish, making an excellent opportunity for fans to see both the men and women race for equal prize money. Sean Petty will serve as the Race Director for the Women’s USA Pro Challenge. (full announcement)

    STAGE 1 - Breckenridge Individual Time Trial - WOMENS
    Friday, August 21, 2015
    Women's Stage 1 Route 2015 USA pro Challenge
    Womens Stage 1 Profile 2015 USA Pro Challenge

    STAGE 2 - Loveland to Fort Collins - WOMENS
    Saturday, August 22, 2015
    Stage 2 Women's Route Map 2015 USA Pro Challenge
    Stage 2 Women's Profile 2015 USA Pro Challenge

    STAGE 3 - Golden - WOMENS
    Sunday, August 23, 2015
    • Stage 3 Women's Route Map pdf
    • Stage 3 Women's Profile pdf
    • 60 minutes plus 3 laps
    • Circuit Race (repeated laps in Golden, within a set time, the race does not continue to Denver)
    • WOMENS Stage 3 Start time: 10:30 am
    • WOMENS Stage 3 Finish time: estimated 11:30 am
    • MENS Stage 7 Start time: 1:10 pm 
    • MENS Denver Stage 7 Finish Festival hours: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
    Golden Women's Circuit Route Map USA Pro Challenge 2015 - route of all laps
    Golden Women's Circuit Profile USA Pro Challenge 2015 - profile of all laps
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    THE CLIMBS

    Cyclesense 365 blog, written by the staff at the USA Pro Challenge, offers this fine list of the highest climbs in this year's USA Pro Challenge. Read the blog about climbing at altitude: Riders Climb Into Thin Air at the USA Pro Challenge, by USA Pro Challenge.

    Stage 2 (Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin)
    • RabbitEars Pass (9,391')
    • Ute Pass (9,570')
    • Arapahoe Basin (10,780')
    Stage 3 (Copper Mountain to Aspen)
    • Fremont Pass (11,079')
    • Independence Pass (12,095')
    Stage 4 (Aspen to Breckenridge)
    • Independence Pass (12,095')
    • Hoosier Pass (11,542')
    • Moonstone Road (10,088')
    Stage 5 (Breckenridge Time Trial)
    • Moonstone Road (10,088') - Men's and Women's Race
    Stage 6 (Loveland to Fort Collins)
    • Rist Canyon (8,008') - Men's and Women's Race
    Please see the specific climb profile under each stage above.

    Pedal Dancer® list of the highest climbs in Colorado:

    Ready to challenge yourself on a bike up the roads of the highest mountains in Colorado? Here is a list pf the highest climbs in Colorado, name and elevation: (bolded = the climbs in the 2015 USA Pro Challenge.
    1. Mount Evans summit 14150 ft
    2. Pikes Peak summit 14,115 ft
    3. Trail Ridge Road pass 12183 ft  
    4. Cottonwood Pass 12126 ft
    5. Independence Pass 12095 ft
    6. Loveland Pass 11992 ft 
    7. Hoosier Pass 11541 ft
    8. Slumgullion Pass 11530 ft
    9. Fremont 11320 ft
    10. Monarch Pass 11312 ft
    11. Berthoud Pass 11307 ft 
    This year the Pro Challenge will climb three of the highest mountains in Colorado. If you are a cyclist (or even a driver), be sure to also take in Loveland Pass, which is very close to the finish of Stage 2 at Arapahoe Basin.

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    THE  SPECTATOR

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
     
    Spectator Resources:
    Expect crowds of spectator to return to see more racing in 2015.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    TIMING OF RACE DAY
    • 8:00-9:00 - arrive, park, have a meal in a restaurant or coffee shop (arrive 2-3 hrs before the start time), or begin your ride out onto the course.
    • 9:00-12:00 - watching fans, staff, riders at the Start area prepare for the day. Team buses arrive and riders appear 1.5 hours before the start time.
    • 10:30-12:00 - the race begins from the Start village. The roads in the direction of the race will not be passable while the riders are racing on them. Individual Time Trials start about 1pm.
    • 12:00-3:00 - riders hit the climbs for the day. Use your Apps to track the race.
    • 2:00-4:00 - watching fans and waiting for riders at the Finish area. The Lifestyle Festival is typically large and active at the Finish area.
    • 4:00-4:30 - riders race across the Finish line.
    • 4:30-5:00ish - awards ceremony on the podium at the stage near the finish line (within 15-30 minutes of the finish). Bikes are cleaned and packed up near the team buses. Riders might transfer to nearby team hotels in team cars. If the team travels to another city, they will load in the big team buses. 
    • 5:30-7:00 - give back to the host city and take in a meal or shop while the traffic settles. Or hotel it overnight and enjoy breakfast before seeing a stage start (when applicable).
    come watch a bike race ©Photo by Laurie Valaer for Pedal Dancer
    WHERE TO SEE THE RACE IN 2015

    I highly recommend going to Steamboat Springs the weekend before the race starts to be part of the pre race excitement, see the team presentation (usually on Saturday) and ride on the roads with the pros as they train on Saturday and Sunday (August 15th and 16th). If you stay for a long weekend, you will get to see the entirety of Stage 1 and the start of Stage 2 in Steamboat Springs on Monday, August 17th and Tuesday, August 18th.

    If you are able to sneak away from work for half a day on Tuesday, August 18th - go to Arapahoe Basin for a new experience, the USA Pro Challenge has never before visited this area of Summit County, Colorado. The next day the race starts in Copper Mountain - another first - and sure to attract the locals.The Village of Copper Mountain knows how to host a special event.

    This year the peloton climbs Independence Pass twice (August 19th and 20th). By the second pass, we should know who holds the GC. If you like wearing costumes and having fun at 12,095 feet - this will be the place for you. Of course, you need to ride your bike to the top or use a car to carry up your banners and flags. Aspen always has great event atmosphere combined with natural beauty and is a fun place to visit (although they host the race mid-week this year).

    I also recommend staying over in Breckenridge if possible to see the finish of Stage 4 on Thursday, August 20th, and the women's and men's Stage 5 Individual Time Trial on Friday, August 21st.

    Both Loveland and Fort Collins always organize plenty of street activities and overflowing restaurants full of fans out to enjoy the day and watch a little bike racing. This year the start of Stage 6 is in Loveland and the finish in Fort Collins. 

    For the final day, and final Stage 7 - ride up Lookout Mountain, or go anywhere on the course between Golden and Denver to enjoy the time with friends or family at a restaurant patio or standing on a curb downtown; the final day will be about atmosphere and celebrating the overall race leader.

    Fans at the race in 2012 in Golden, Colorado  Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    WHAT THE HOST CITIES HAVE PLANNED FOR FANS

    Steamboat Springs:

    Arapahoe Basin - Arapahoe Basin - general website

    Copper Mountain - Copper Colorado - general website

    Aspen - AspenUpcc.com and AspenChamber.org - general website

    Breckenridge - BreckProCycling.com

    Loveland - VisitLovelandCO.com - general website

    Fort Collins - Visit Fort Collins - general website

    Golden - City of Golden - general website, or Visit Golden

    Denver - denver.org

    More for tourists - colorado.com

    Be there to watch the podium presentations after every stage. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    ATTENDING THE RACE

    Colorado fans rock!

    Colorado not only has a fit and active population, the state has a very knowledgeable fan base who understand cycling. Coloradans routinely enjoy a variety of outdoor sports and have embraced the USA Pro Challenge now in it's third year. I began the tradition in year-one of offering tips to fans on seeing the pro race in Colorado, so I will continue offering information, hoping to encourage new fans each year as well as making race day planning that much easier for experienced fans. Enjoy the race!

    2015 Pedal Dancer Recommendations for where to see the race:
    1. Take a 3-day holiday (Sat-Tues) in Steamboat to see the riders warm up (get out and ride your bike on the same road as the pros, as they train on Saturday and Sunday). Tour the Team parking area Saturday 3-6pm and see the mechanics setting-up the bikes. Watch the Opening Ceremonies and Team Presentation on Saturday night at approximately 6:30pm. Be outside for the pre-race press conference  on Sunday at approximately 1:30pm. Attend the special events in the city of Steamboat prior to the race start. Go hiking nearby, mountain bike, or fish in the gold medal rivers nearby and then watch the pro teams race Stage 1 (Monday) and Stage 2 (Tuesday).
    2. Spend overnight in Summit County and see the finish of Stage 2 atop Arapahoe Basin (ride your bike up from Frisco or Dillon. And then see the start of Stage 3 in Copper Mountain, again riding your bike up the bike path from Frisco or Dillon. 
    3. Spend an overnight in Aspen; you will see the finish of Stage 3 (Wednesday) and the start of Stage 4 (Thursday). When you are not watching the race - ride your own bike Recommended Road Bike Rides Near Aspen
    4. Spend an overnight (Thursday night) in Breckenridge to see the finish of Stage 4 and the entire day of the Stage 5 Individual Time Trial on Friday in Breckenridge. For the last two years, watching the finish into the ski village of Breckenridge was excellent, plenty of fans turned out and the expo village was one of the best.
    5. For Stage 6 get out on course to enjoy the scenery near Loveland and Fort Collins, or simply stay in town and enjoy the tremendous hospitality of these two northern Colorado towns. 
    6. Gather a group of friends on Sunday and go anywhere along the route of Stage 7 from Golden to Denver. Remember Lookout Mountain can be a fun place to be, so too can downtown Denver where you will see the final sprint finish and podium presentation. The VIP tent at the finish in Denver is always a good one. Also be sure to take in a local brew and ride your own bike to the race for easy parking!
    You can't go wrong, just get out and make your own experience!
    Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    Choose your experience - options for viewing the race for Fans:
    • Start Area: Lots to see as teams and riders prepare for the days race, fun photographs and autographs.Good for families and knowledgeable fans who recognize the riders easily. Fantastic during Individual Time Trials as the riders warm up, weigh & measure bikes then roll down the start ramp.
    • In any town: You can sit and enjoy a meal at a cafe and then go to the side of the road to watch the riders race by. Good for locals or those wanting to avoid the crowds. The peloton and support riders will take just over 3 minutes to pass by, but the waiting is short and fun. (Note that rolling road closures occur 30-45 minutes prior to the peloton arrival).
    • In the countryside: You may picnic or hike before the riders come through on the road, then watch the flash of color roar by.
    • On a mountain: Cycle out to a mountain pass to watch the riders climb, and pass by at a lower pace, or drive your car to set up your table and chairs and big signs. Lots of atmosphere and fun with the fans. Good for cyclists or those willing to drive up very early.
    • Finish Area: Enjoy a meal before or after the finish. Visit the Festival of vendors and sponsors. Watch a very fast exciting sprint finish to the line. Watch the podium presentations (crowded). Limited rider viewing, but fun anticipation and event atmosphere. Also good at the finish of a ITT where you can watch the time board of each arriving rider and their placement.
    • Stay over: in a host city if possible, sometimes you will see staff walking around the bustling towns, mechanics working on the bikes,meet other fans, or see the riders stopping in for an early morning coffee. 
    Fun before the stage finish in Breckenridge in 2014. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

    LEARN MORE AS A FAN - FAN EDUCATION

    Cycling Topics - learn more about the sport, By Pedal Dancer®
    How to read a Stage Log (time table):


    On the first line, the start time is always definite. In the last two columns every street and turn is listed. Because the organizers of the race are not certain how fast the riders will be racing, they give several approximations of times based on average speed of a rider. The first column lists the slowest possible time at 22 mph for this stage, (speeds will vary based on flat or climbing stages). Column 2, 3, and 4 list other faster times according to increasing speeds. As fans it is best to be there by at least the fastest time listed on the log, but not to expect the riders until the slowest time listed in column 1 of the log. This insures that you will not miss seeing the race. Try to arrive much earlier to enjoy the atmosphere and avoid traffic. Pay attention to road closures.

    You won't want to miss the big finish!  Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    Cycling Terminology for the USA Pro Challenge:

    Riders: In professional cycling the racers are generally called riders as opposed to racers or cyclists.

    Staff: A cycling team is made up of many parts beyond the riders. The Team Manager handles general operations, commitments, and sponsorship. Directeurs Sportif drive the team cars and plan race strategy. Coaches, Therapists, and Team Doctors work together to train and keep the athletes healthy and riding well. Mechanics maintain all team equipment. Soigneurs are the run around guys/gals handling bags and supplies, food and water, clothing, and set-up; while making sure the riders know the way to the sign-in stage, start line, and hotel. They also give bidons and swag to small children. Some Soigneurs also give massage after the race to riders, or the team might have a designated Masseuse. Most of the team staff are a friendly bunch, but their priorities are rider safety and support so always stay outside the rope lines and ask first for autographs or swag.

    Roster: A list of each rider on each team, their country, and their bib (dossard) number. Bring a roster with you so you may easily identify riders. Both the rider and their bike will be numbered. Some riders have their last name on their jersey of helmet.

    Route map (Parcours): The course or path the riders will take from start to finish. Some stages will have laps where riders will repeat the same few blocks within the stage.

    Stage profile: Map the ascents and descents along a stage. It is often fun for fans to see the riders on a climb where the rider's speed slows slightly (or coming around a corner).

    Rolling neutral start: Riders begin at a start line but do not begin racing until a few blocks or miles into the route (the distance varies). A neutral start is used if the start area conditions are narrow, crowded, or unsafe for race conditions. A neutral start is also sometimes used as a show of respect. Stages 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 all have neutral starts this year.

    Rolling Closure: Rolling road closures affect all traffic on the race route - roads are not considered "closed" but instead closed  as the riders proceed along the route, enabling the racers to maintain a race speed. Rolling closures are exactly controlled and orchestrated by police, race marshals, local volunteers, and race officials for the safety of both riders and citizens. Roads are closed to all on-coming and entering traffic 20-30 minutes before the race caravan passes a stretch of road. Once the line of riders and official cars have passed each section safely, the road section will be immediately re-opened by officials or volunteers. Rolling closures are temporary moving closures, expect delays of 30-45 minutes.

    Road Closure:  Road Closures are completely closed to auto traffic, but often remain open to pedestrian foot traffic and bike traffic up until a set time prior to the race passing through. Road Closure times will be posted by city officials notifying citizens ahead of time, all citizens must obey. Road closures are strictly enforced and necessary for safety, with no exceptions other than official race vehicles allowed passage.

    KOM (King of Mountain): First rider to the top of a designated climb on the race route. Riders receive points, the rider with the most points wins the King of the Mountain (KOM) (climber's) jersey. The jersey transfers each day to the rider with the most points overall. There may be more than one KOM point in a stage, Stage 4 has 6 KOMs.

    Sprint: First rider to a designated sprint line on the race route. Riders receive points, the rider with the most points wins the sprint (green) jersey. The jersey transfers each day to the rider with the most points overall. There may be more than one KOM point in a stage, Stage 2 has 3 SPRINTS.

    Leader: There will be a current leader out on course while the race is taking place, but the overall Leader (yellow jersey) is the rider with the lowest (fastest) overall time for all stages. The winner of each day's stage is called the Stage Winner, not the Leader.

    Feed zone: A designated area on the route where team staff must pass out food bags (musettes) to the riders containing food. Water may be handed to riders through team cars throughout the stage.

    Breakaway: 1 to a few riders who are leading the race and ahead of the main peloton

    Peloton: The main pack of riders chasing the lead breakaway.

    Podium girls: A tradition in professional cycling to have 2 beautiful women present the awards to the riders at the finish of every stage.

    Podium: Each day the top three riders finishing the stage are awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd prizes on the podium. Then the 6 overall Classification jerseys are awarded.

    Classification Jerseys: Awards for best type of rider in a field. This year the Tour of California will feature 6 classifications: Leader (fastest overall time, yellow jersey), Most Courageous (by vote, white jersey), Mountain (climber, red polka dot jersey), Sprint (fastest sprinter, green jersey), Best Young rider (under the age of 23, orange jersey), Most Aggressive (most combative/competitive, black jersey). As the stage race progresses the overall classification winner is presented with his jersey after each stage and will wear the jersey at the start of the next day's stage.>

    Stage Race: a cycling race consisting of more than one day of racing, where points and time is tallied every day to determine an overall winner at the end of the race. The 2012 Amgen Tour of California will have 8 stages.

    Bib Number or Dossard: please read an earlier Pedal Dancer post to understand how riders are numbered: Word of the Day: Dossard

    *For more terminology read The Inner Ring's glossary of cycling terms Lexicon.

    Enjoying the festival of sponsors and vendors is a great family activity. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®



    COLORADO CYCLING

    Weather in Colorado:

    Mountains - Cool nights (50s), crisp mornings, bright clear sunburn hot mid-day temperatures (80s), afternoon rain showers, fantastic evenings. Denver (and the Front Range cities) hot and dry (80s-90s), with wind in the afternoon.

    Riding in Colorado:

    When riding a bike in Colorado, safely estimate 14-16mph, as your average ride speed to allow for stops, regrouping, picture taking, weather, finding water (no domestiques) and food (no feed zones for you). Add in our famous altitude as an explanation for slower climbing speeds, and you realize why it is geographically and physiologically improbable to do it all on most stages.There are also long stretches of road in Colorado without water or facilities. Roads along the race route will have rolling closures, sag support vehicles may not be able to accompany their cyclists at every point on the stage unless you are riding the stage well in advance of the pros. Mountain passes will experience full road closures hours before (or rarely, the night before) the race. Riding to and from stages on a bike is highly recommended. Also getting in a good ride before or after seeing a stage could be great fun.

    Pedal Dancer® Guide Pages help you have a better vacation in Colorado:

    GO RIDE STEAMBOAT - AMATEUR EVENT BIKE RIDE

    Race organizers have arranged an opportunity for mere mortals to race out on course on Saturday, August 15th.  You can join this event ride to cycle one complete 50-mile loop of Stage 1 (the pros will do 2 loops), then relax with a beer and lunch (included). Last year, the Team Presentation was also on Saturday evening.
    • Saturday, August 15, 2015 - Steamboat Springs
    • 25 or 50 miles; loop ride out and back from Steamboat.
    • What you get: a tech tee, a pint glass, 2 beers, lunch and you get to ride 1 loop Stage 1 pro race.
    • Register for the ride
    • Cost: $70-100 + 6.75% transaction fee
    The GC contenders race in Breckenridge in 2014. Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®

    Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®
    2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011

    Archived complete Pedal Dancer® coverage of the race:

    You are currently on the Pedal Dancer Guide Page: USA PRO CHALLENGE 2015
    For an archived version of the 2013 race, go to: 2014 USA Pro Challenge Guide for Fans
    For an archived version of the 2013 race, go to: 2013 USA Pro Challenge Guide for Fans
    For an archived version of the 2012 race, go to: 2012 USA Pro Challenge Guide for Fans
    For an archived version of the 2011 race, go to: 2011 USA Pro Challenge Guide for Fans



    PEDAL DANCER AT THE RACE IN 2014

    Looking back at the 2014 race - race details, route maps, and posts and pictures by Pedal Dancer about the USA Pro Challenge - Pedal Dancer® at the race
    Results and Stories from the road .... please check back as I report from the race. (coming soon)
    On the path of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge - a new bike travel series by Pedal Dancer for spectators planning to attend a stage in 2014:
    New 2014 posts by Pedal Dancer® for the race:


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    The prize!  Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®