Summit County cycling fans will be happy to know that the USA ProCycle Challenge for 2012 will include a stage in Breckenridge! Keystone Resort celebrated the festivities in nearby Breckenridge, and drew cycling fans worldwide. 13 cities will be included in the race across Colorado from August 20-26, 2012. This year, Durango and Boulder were added to the race, adding exciting changes to the course this coming year. The inagural race in August of 2011, which featured some of the best cyclists in the world, drew large crowds to Keystone and areas of Summit County. Take a look at the schedule below, and get an early jump on planning your trip!
2012 Race Schedule and Host Cities:
Monday, Aug. 20 – Durango to Telluride Tuesday, Aug. 21 – Montrose to Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Wednesday, Aug. 22 – Gunnison to Aspen Thursday, Aug. 23 – Aspen to Beaver Creek Friday, Aug. 24 – Breckenridge to Colorado Springs Saturday, Aug. 25 – Golden to Boulder Sunday, Aug. 26 – Denver (Individual Time Trial)
Cycling enthusiasts in need of Summit County lodging should contact a vacation planner today, and stay tuned for details about this summer 2012 event!
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be back in 2012 from August 20-26! Race organizers have already begun planning for the 2012 race. Nearly 1 million spectators viewed the race from the roadsides along the route while more than 25 million watched the race on television in 161 countries and territories. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge was one of the largest cycling events in United States history.
For seven consecutive days, 135 of the world’s top athletes raced across 518 miles through the Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they ever had to endure, more than two miles in elevation. The race featured a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
Requests for proposals for cities across Colorado to apply to be a 2012 host city will be issued at the end of the month. Breckenridge, Copper Mountain Resort and Frisco in Summit County have been specifically invited to submit proposals. This year, 11 host cities for the race included Colorado Springs, Salida, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Vail, Avon, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Golden and Denver. All 11 of these cities have expressed interest in returning as a host city in 2012. The request for proposals will be posted online at the end of September.