Pro Cycling Challenge names 2013 route
Organizers on Wednesday announced the route for the privately funded, seven-day cycling race scheduled for August.
After a circuit start from Aspen to Snowmass on Monday, Aug. 19, the race will head to Breckenridge. From Breckenridge, racers will head to Steamboat Springs. On the fourth day, the race travels from Steamboat Springs to Beaver Creek. On the fifth day, racers will compete in a time trial in Vail. The second-to-last day of the race will be in Loveland and Fort Collins, followed by a Denver finish, according to the press statement.
Race organizers said that this year's USA Pro Cycling Challenge generated $99.6 million in spending across Colorado. Boulder hosted the finish of a stage of the race and saw a boost in total sales- and use-tax revenues of $803,603 more than it had collected in August 2011, an 8.3 percent increase.
Gov. John Hickenlooper touted the race as an economic booster for Colorado.
"The USA Pro Challenge has created an entirely new audience for our state," Hickenlooper said in the press statement. "Not only is it the best American competition, it's essentially a weeklong advertisement for our state with 128 of the best cyclists in the world acting as tour guides."
Race organizer Medalist Sports LLC, based in Peachtree, Georgia, decides the race course route after receiving applications from host cities. Costs include security along the race course route and donated hotel rooms for racers and support staff.
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