Following on from the success of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2011, Colorado is delighted to announce that the event will take place again in 2012.
The route for the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge professional cycling stage race, taking place August 20-26, will take riders on a heart-pounding journey through the breath-taking Colorado Rockies. After making history in the inaugural year by travelling to the highest elevation of any race in North America or Europe – higher than the most challenging route on the Tour de France – this year’s race will take the riders to an altitude of 12,000 ft. not once, but three separate times.
The race will visit 12 official host cities for the starts and finishes of each stage, each varying in size and ranging from towns as small as 250 residents, to cities as large as Denver with a population of more than 600,000. The four new cities joining the 2012 race – Durango, Telluride, Montrose and Boulder – each offer breath-taking scenery, as well as a unique cycling history, that will add to the overall excitement of the race.Also new in 2012 is the placement of the Individual Time Trial on the final day of racing in Denver, keeping fans holding their breath until the very end to see who will be awarded the overall victory of the seven days of fiercely competitive racing.
The host cities in 2012 will be Durango, Telluride, Montrose, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Golden, Boulder and Denver.
A highly anticipated event on the race calendar, the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will test the riders’ strength and endurance over a more than 680-mile course.