Dec 19, 2012 11:31 AM by JD Downing
The third annual USA Pro Challenge has named the 2013 host cities, and Southern Colorado cycling fans might be disappointed.
19 cities across the state submitted bids to host a stage, including Colorado Springs who bid for a Friday finish similar to the 2012 race.
Unfortunately for those in the south, the 2013 race will focus on Northern Colorado with the race beginning in Aspen and staying in the high country until it heads to Loveland, Fort Collins and Denver.
In light of that announcement, the Colorado Springs local organizing committee has issued the following statement:
"Although we are disappointed in not being chosen as a host city for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, we want to congratulate those cities that will be experiencing the race. It has been a pleasure to host the race these past two years. In 2013, we look forward to being fans of the race throughout the great state of Colorado."
Mayor Steve Bach says "Although we are very disappointed, we appreciate the opportunity to have had the Pro-Cycling Challenge here in Colorado Springs and hope they will be back in the future."
Here's a look at the dates and stages:
Monday, Aug. 19, Stage 1 Aspen/Snowmass Circuit
Tuesday, Aug. 20, Stage 2 Aspen/Snowmass - Breckenridge
Wednesday, Aug. 21, Stage 3 Breckenridge - Steamboat Springs
Thursday, Aug. 22, Stage 4 Steamboat Springs - Beaver Creek
Friday, Aug. 23, Stage 5/ITT Vail Time Trial
Saturday, Aug. 24, Stage 6 Loveland - Fort Collins
Sunday, Aug. 25, Stage 7 Denver Circuit
Full details can be read on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge website.