“People always ask us, ‘What makes your race different?,” Hunter says, “and I tell them the three things: [the fact that] stage racing in America was basically born in Colorado; the sheer beauty of our state; and the punishing elevations that these riders compete on.” Last year, former Colorado Cyclist team member Levi Leipheimer won the overall jersey, after taking first in stages one and three. In this year’s Pro Challenge, which comes on the heels of the Tour de France and the Olympic Games in London, riders from sixteen teams will compete in the grueling 520-mile week-long race. The last stage in Denver will wind up and down Speer Boulevard, weaving through tight corners at Broadway and Colfax, and finish directly in front of the Capitol. For more information, go to www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com or call 1-888-223-3351.
Aug. 20-26, 2012