USA ProChallenge Go Ride Steamboat August 15. Become part of the Excitement

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS | ARAPAHOE BASIN
COPPER MOUNTAIN | ASPEN | BRECKENRIDGE | LOVELAND
FORT COLLINS | GOLDEN | DENVER

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GO RIDE STEAMBOAT presented by UnitedHealthcare
Go Ride Steamboat presented by UnitedHealthcare, a recreational bike ride sharing the same roads as the USA Pro Challenge, is on Saturday, Aug. 15, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.The fun and entertaining family and friends bike ride kicks-off the celebration activities for the start of the professional cycling event.
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Host City Highlight: Loveland
Nestled in the foothills of Colorado’s dynamic Rocky Mountains and just 45 minutes north of Denver, Loveland is the ideal base camp for all of your northern Colorado adventures. Hailed as the Gateway to Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Loveland is an ideal community that appeals to all types of visitors.READ MORE
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USA ProChallenge gear is now available. Race is a month away. Get Ready

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS | ARAPAHOE BASIN
COPPER MOUNTAIN | ASPEN | BRECKENRIDGE | LOVELAND
FORT COLLINS | GOLDEN | DENVER
AUGUST 17-23, 2015
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PEARL IZUMI & USA PRO CHALLENGE ANNOUNCE GROUNDBREAKING YEAR-ROUND PARTNERSHIP “Pearl Izumi has been an exceptional partner since day one of the Pro Challenge, as the official provider of our race jerseys,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of USA Pro Challenge. “We have no doubt that in this expanded role their designs for the entire Pro Challenge merchandise line will be a huge hit with our fans. We are extremely pleased that Pearl Izumi decided take on this exciting new role with us.

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Host City Highlight: Arapahoe Basin
Join A-Basin’s two-day festival of concerts, camping and cycling on Monday, August 17 and on the day of the USA Pro Challenge Stage 2 finish – Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Sample one of our famous A-Basin Bacon Bloody Marys and hang out with the “funnest” people in Summit County.READ MORE
UPCOMING EVENTS
Northern Colorado Community Ride7/21/15 – 6p – Fort Collins
Copper Mountain Community Ride7/26/15 – 12:30p – Copper
Denver Community Ride8/2/15 -12:20p – Denver

Volunteer Registration is Now Open for the USA ProChallenge

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS | ARAPAHOE BASIN
COPPER MOUNTAIN | ASPEN | BRECKENRIDGE | LOVELAND
FORT COLLINS | GOLDEN | DENVER
AUGUST 17-23, 2015
Volunteer Registration is now open! Cycling fans and enthusiasts alike are encouraged to take part in making it all happen by signing up for volunteer positions along the 604 mile course, which winds it’s way through Steamboat Springs, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Aspen, Breckenridge, Loveland, Fort Collins, Golden and Denver.
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Lexus Ride Like a Pro Sweepstakes during the USA ProChallenge

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Dear Pro Challenge Fan,How would you like to attend two stages of the USA Pro Challenge as a Lexus VIP?Lexus is giving one winner and guest a trip to remember at the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, August 20th and 21st, 2015. The opportunity to “Ride Like a Pro” starts at Stage 4 in Aspen. Guests will be whisked away in a Lexus to follow the pros on course and end in Breckenridge, where they will enjoy VIP hospitality.Accommodations for stage 4 will be provided by Lexus Hotel Partner St. Regis Aspen. Winner will also take home official USA Pro Challenge merchandise.

The Lexus Ride Like a Pro Sweepstakes is brought to you exclusively by Lexus, a proud partner of USA Pro Cycling Challenge. To read the rules and regulations, click here.

*Trip will include round-trip coach class air transportation for winner and one (1) guest from a major commercial airport near the winner’s residence to a major commercial airport near Aspen, CO. Hotel accommodations will include four days/three nights from Wednesday, August 19, 2015 through Saturday, August 22, 2015 (one room, double occupancy). Sponsor is not responsible if any event listed in the prize description above is canceled, delayed or postponed.

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What is happening as the USA ProChallenge Gets Ready

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Catching Up With Cannondale’s Star Peter Sagan

This week’s start of the Tour de France for Cannondale’s young star Peter Sagan was not what he had hoped for, as his dash to become the repeat green sprint points jersey began with a hard crash during Stage 1.

The indelible sight of one of the world’s best all-around riders as well as sprinters, riding to the finish with half his jersey torn off and a large open wound on his back, was fed to the worldwide television audience for an extended period of time. It left a reminder that life at the top of this grueling profession can change in an instant.

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Host City Highlight: Steamboat Springs
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The USA Pro Challenge is coming to Northern Colorado on August 24, 2013. The race will start in Loveland at the Budweiser Event Center, go through Windsor, Estes Park and finish in Fort Collins, CO. Make sure you know what’s happening on Race Day so you are in the center of the biggest pro-cycling celebration in the United States!READ MORE
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When it comes to the Tour de France or any hilly stage race, the results will be determined by the mountain stages and the time trials. Today, we’ll focus on climbing. With the 100th Tour de France fast approaching we turned one of Joe Friel’s classic articles, “Climbing Like a Tour Rider”, into a slideshow tutorial.

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USA Pro Challenge brought $99.6 million to Colorado!!!!!

This is pretty amazing and backed up by the research done by the Denver Post.

This article by the Denver Post reports about a great bicycle race. However, the article goes beyond that and backs up the press release with additional research. Thanks

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Denver Post and Thanks USA Pro Challenge.

Please read the entire article, but here are some of the highlights.

Organizers said the privately funded race stirred $99.6 million in spending, up from $83.5 million last year.

The private firm hired to do the study surveyed 2,000 attendees in host cities and along the route to establish an economic impact of $81.5 million spent on lodging, food, transportation and entertainment. The rest came from race support.

The Denver Post found that visitation was around 5,000 to 7,500 at each of the first few stops of the race in Telluride, Montrose, Crested Butte and Gunnison. Crowds began swelling, with 10,000 to 15,000 in Aspen, Beaver Creek and Breckenridge.

Numbers for the first half of the race fell below expectations. Leaders in some communities said they were prepared for at least twice as many spectators.

The Forest Service was braced for tens of thousands atop Independence Pass outside Aspen and counted fewer than 1,500, (which happens when you make too many rules and make it a bad place to watch the race USFS!)

….all host cities embraced the race, noting the long-term value from the race’s exposure and televised coverage.

Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks counted 10,000 spectators lining Boulder’s climactic finish on Flagstaff Mountain, roughly a third of the number expected for the final 4-mile ascent. (Again, Boulder made the mountain inhospitable (a pain in the butt to get too) so no one went up to watch the race.)

Most host cities across Colorado reported increased sales-tax collections for August.

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Durango’s sales and use tax for August 2012 was $1.27 million, a 5.7 percent increase from the previous August. August 2012 sales tax collections for Durango were the highest for the month since 2008.

The Town of Telluride, where local organizers estimated the Pro Challenge drew about 6,000 for the finish of Stage 1 on Monday Aug. 20, saw a 21 percent jump in sales tax revenue in August,….

City of Montrose estimated 5,000 spectators watched the start of Stage 2 on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The city saw its August sales tax climb 0.8 percent over the previous August….

Town of Crested Butte saw its sales tax collections increase 1.7 percent in August 2012,… The local Mountain Express bus service saw a 25 percent increase in ridership on race day.MONTROSE, CO - AUGUST 21:  Thomas Danielson of...

Aspen sold out every one of its 3,200 rentable units in the city on Aug. 22, the afternoon racers finished Stage 3 in Aspen and the night before the downtown Stage 4 start. … August lodging tax collections (2 percent of total lodging spending) climb 23 percent in August….

The Town of Avon saw an 8.4 percent annual bump in its August 2012 sales tax and a 12.2 percent bump

Breckenridge saw spending on retail, restaurant and lodging climb 6 percent in August 2012….

Colorado Springs had 15,000 people gathered in downtown Colorado Springs to watch the race and another 35,000 lined city streets

Denver‘s lodging tax collections reached $6.3 million in August 2012, compared to $5.9 million in August 2011 and $4.7 million in 2010.

That is a substantial jump in tax for municipalities, cities and the state as well as the cause for the taxation, a lot of money flowing into the area.

How this is the number that is surprising! The people who watched the race were from 25 states, and 53 percent of spectators came from outside Colorado. Come on Colorado, you just got your butt kicked by tourists!

Remember this next spring when the RFP goes out to host the race next year. This race brings money and people to Colorado!

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See USA Pro Challenge saw 1 million spectators and $99.6 million impact

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Denver Final Ride of the USA ProChallenge needs Volunteers. It is a great experience! Sign up today

Have you been watching the USA Pro Cycling Challenge? It is amazing and it is right here in Colorado! BikeDenver will be at the Finish in Denver and we would love to have you join us. We are seeking volunteers from 2pm – 5pm to help with our Bike Parking. It is a great way to be part of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on its final day in Colorado!

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If you do not have a BikeDenver t-shirt one will be provided to you to wear while volunteering on Sunday.

For more information on Stage 7 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge click here

To sign up to volunteer click here

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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