The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be coming back to Breckenridge in 2012! Breck has been selected as the start town for Stage 5. An excerpt of the announcement is below. A start is generally more low key than a stage finish, but it generally provides fans much greater access to the riders. Regardless, we still will need lots of volunteers to help uphold the reputation Summit County established in 2011.
Breckenridge, COLO. – With nearly 40 cities across the state expressing initial interest in the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, race officials have selected Breckenridge as one of the 12 host cities that will serve as starts and finishes for the second annual stage race. After drawing more than 1 million spectators in its inaugural year, the 2012 race will return to Colorado from August 20-26, 2012, and will visit Breckenridge as the start of Stage 5 on August 24, 2012.
The host cities and stages of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge include:
· Monday, Aug. 20 Stage 1 Durango – Telluride
· Tuesday, Aug. 21 Stage 2 Montrose – Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte
· Wednesday, Aug. 22 Stage 3 Gunnison – Aspen
· Thursday, Aug. 23 Stage 4 Aspen – Beaver Creek/Vail Valley
· Friday, Aug. 24 Stage 5 Breckenridge – Colorado Springs
· Saturday, Aug. 25 Stage 6 Golden – Boulder
· Sunday, Aug. 26 Stage 7/TT Denver
"The host cities selected for the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will enable us to showcase the beauty and hospitality of Colorado to a worldwide audience," said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. "These cities are valued partners who will work with us, hand in hand, as we continue to raise the bar for professional cycling here in America."
"We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2012," said Breckenridge Mayor John Warner. "Breckenridge played a prominent role in the inaugural 2011 race and the excitement and energy generated by the event is something we want to continue to build upon."
Further details of the start and finish line locations, as well as the specific, detailed route will be announced in the spring.