Breathtaking altitudes, treacherous climbs and 128 of the worlds best riders. It’s the most challenging race held on American soil.
Mt. Crested Butte will host the Stage 1 finish for this exciting event…
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is the most demanding bike race ever held on American soil, with racers experiencing breathless altitudes, day after day. The race is on the level of the Tour de France, bringing the high speeds, danger and adrenaline of professional biking to elevations over 2 miles high in some of the most picturesque terrain in the world—the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
The race takes place just 2 blocks from the Elk Mountain Lodge…
Stage 1: Salida to Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte (August 23, 2011)
With a start in Salida, Colorado, racers will take a circuit through downtown Salida before heading on their way on this 102 mile course to Mt. Crested Butte. On the first day of road racing, the cyclists will get to compete for their first King of the Mountain points. Positioned on Monarch Pass, the King of the Mountain honor goes to the first few cyclists to reach the top of their first mountain climb, one that reaches 11,315 feet in elevation. This first climb forces the riders to gain 3250 feet in elevation over 13 miles, and will be their first taste of the oxygen-deprived Colorado high altitude. After this challenge, the cyclists will have two sprint lines to compete for – one in Gunnison and one near the finish line in Crested Butte. At the sprint line, riders ride as fast as they can to reach the sprint line to gain points. But with a sprint line so close to the finish, competitors will have to decide which line to expend their energy racing for – because both will be impossible in a finish like this one. In this unique finish equation, the competitors in Stage 1 will close out the day on an uphill climb, from the lower area of Crested Butte to the finish line on Mt. Crested Butte – the USA Pro Cycling Challenge’s only mountain top finish.
Want to learn more about this one-of-a-kind event? Visit the USA Pro Cycling Website for the whole scoop.