In just over a week, Breckenridge is proudly going be hosting two stages of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Breckenridge will be the finish line for Stage 2 coming from Aspen which will take the competitors over famous Independence Pass. The town will then host the start of Stage 3 when the riders take off towards Steamboat Springs.
This year’s race is promising to be one of the best yet as the top two cyclists in the world join the race. Great Britain’s own and 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome of team Sky Procycling as well as the 2013 Tour de France Sprint Jersey Winner Peter Sagan, who will both be competing. In addition to these power riders, five of the top-10 finishers from last year’s race are also competing, including Champion Christian Vande Velde and second place finisher Tejay van Garderen. This isn’t even mentioning the 5 other national champions that are participating as well – Fred Rodriguez of the United States, Hayden Roulsten of New Zealand, Luis Enrique Lemus of Mexico, Michael Olsson of Sweden, and Michael Schär of Switzerland. These big names in the sport only make up some of the 128 riders from 31 countries that are traveling to Colorado to compete in what is quickly become one of the most internationally renowned cycling races. As Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge eloquently put it, “This competitive level of the field for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge is by far one of the best that has ever raced on American soil.”
This race is promising to be the most intense. Also, with the USA Pro Challenge winding its way through the majestic Colorado Rockies, it is one of the most gorgeous races in the world. With these recent announcements of the sheer athletic skill gracing the event, the anticipation in Breckenridge has become palpable. With local businesses already offering discounts and Breckenridge resort already offering cycling training camps, the USA Pro Challenge is going to be the highlight of the summer in town. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime event as Main Street Breckenridge closes down for spectators to view 16 of the world’s greatest cycling teams.