Boulder got official word today from the 2014 USA Pro Challenge cycling race that it will host the starting line for stage 7. After hosting an elaborate ‘triple routing’ in 2012, with the finish on Flagstaff Mountain, this is a second visit of the Pro to this city at the base of the foothills. Stage 7 is the final stage, which will route south to Golden, up Lookout Mountain, then arrive in Denver for the finish and final podium.
Cycling fans were invited to vote for their favorite cities to be included for the 2014 race. Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge, commented “Cycling fans are so passionate and such an important part of the sport, so we decided to give them a voice in the route selection process. We wanted to try something new this year and by incorporating fan feedback we have come up with what is going to be an incredible final day of racing.”
Rick Schaden, owner of the USA Pro Challenge expressed, “Boulder, Golden and Denver have been such great hosts over the history of the race, so we decided to work them all into the final day of competition. These three iconic Colorado cycling locations are going to create one grand finale!”
Beginning in Boulder, which served as the Stage 6 finish in 2012, the race will travel through Golden,, and finish with three laps around the State’s Capitol, which has served as the finish location every year of the race. The day also incorporates a long and steep climb on Lookout Mountain.
Taking place Aug. 18-24, the host cities and stages of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge include:
- Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 18 – Aspen and Snowmass Village Circuit Race
- Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 19 – Aspen to Mt. Crested Butte
- Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 20 – Gunnison to Monarch Mountain (mountaintop finish)
- Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 21 – Colorado Springs Circuit Race
- Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 22 – Woodland Park to Breckenridge
- Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 23 – Vail Individual Time Trial
- Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 24 – Boulder to Denver
Photo by Peter Wayne Photography