USA Pro Challenge
About the USA Pro Challenge - Referred to as "America's Race," the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, 2014. For seven consecutive days, the world's top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they've ever had to endure.
One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge continues to set records in professional cycling by taking the riders to unprecedented elevations.
Stage 4 - Colorado Springs After a ceremonial start at the world famous Broadmoor Hotel, Stage 4 will head into downtown Colorado Springs for a 15-mile circuit that will be raced four times. With climbs through Garden of the Gods, Mesa Rd. and the infamous Ridge Rd., which hits grades of nearly 17 percent, the route will present some challenges for the riders.
Stage 5 - Woodland Park (11:20 am start)
- · Start at the Broadmoor Hotel (12:50 pm)
- · Circuits (4) through Downtown Colorado Springs, Old Colorado City, and Garden of the Gods
- · Finish in Downtown Colorado Springs (3:30 - 4:15 pm)
Starting in the new host community of Woodland Park, Stage 5 heads west then north through some of the most picturesque terrain in Colorado. A quiet run through the Pike National Forest on Tarryall Rd., which was unpaved until just last year, and the riders will christen it properly with high speeds and lots of breakaway attempts.
*Wednesday, July 30
USA Pro Challenge (Stage 4) Community Ride (coordinated by UpaDowna): 6:00 - 7:30 pm, McCabe's Tavern (520 S Tejon Street). This family friendly, all ages cycling extravaganza is the perfect reason to saddle up and pedal around town during the beautiful summer months for this 5 mile ride. Whether you ride a clunker, a fat bike,a trike, a unicycle, a tall bike, small bike...all are welcome! USA Pro Challenge prizes and schwag will be given out.
Please complete this waiver before the ride:
*Sunday, August 17
Stage 4 Citizen's Ride - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm, Antlers Park (31 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs). USA Cycling will lead two rides (determined by fitness level) from downtown Colorado Springs through the Garden of the Gods and back and one ride through downtown Colorado Springs only. Food and drink specials will follow at a location TBD in the downtown area. Register Now
*Tuesday, August 19
Club Cafe Velo Ride (coordinated by the Cafe Velo: 11550 Ridgeline Dr. #102, Colorado Springs): 3:00 - 4:30 pm - An all abilities ride (8 to 20+ miles) on the roads up north near Café Velo - some of the nicest road riding in El Paso County. Beer and snacks at Café Velo after the ride.
Participants can RSVP directly via Meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/Club-Cafe-Velo/events/191261712), by phone (719-772-6101) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
*Wednesday, August 20
UpaDowna Pedal Party (coordinated by UpaDowna) - 6:00 - 7:30 pm, McCabe's Tavern (520 S Tejon Street). This family friendly, all ages cycling extravaganza is the perfect reason to saddle up and pedal around town during the the beautiful summer months for this 5 mile ride. Whether you ride a clunker, a fat bike, a trike, a unicycle, a tall bike, small bike...all are welcome!
Please complete this waiver before the ride:
Race Day Activities:
Celebrate Colorado Springs Cycling Ride - 11:30 am - 12:00 pm : Free community ride through downtown Colorado Springs featuring cycling organizations: USA Cycling members, USA Triathlon members, cycling clubs, BMX clubs, adaptive riding groups, unicycles, etc. The ride will begin at Acacia Park at 11:30 am. Participants are encouraged to wear cycling jerseys, costumes, etc. Participants are encouraged to use the free bike valet in Acacia Park after the ride.
Please RSVP Here:
Miss-n-Out Invitational Criterium - 12:00 - 12:30 pm: Short criterium course (0.75 miles/lap) within downtown Colorado Springs. This will be an invitational race limited to 50 riders with riders dropped periodically until 10 riders will race each other over the final laps to determine a winner.
Invitational Sprint Tournament - 12:30 pm: Two heats of five riders (5 male/5 female) will sprint 430 meters from Platte Ave. to the UPC Finish Line with the top two males & females advancing to the Finals. Cyclists placing in 3rd through 5th place will compete in the Minor Finals.
Stage 4 Gala - The Broadmoor Hotel (One Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs)
Celebrate the excitement of the USA Pro Challenge - Stage 4 with some of the top riders in the world and the most well-known voices in the sport of cycling with a special evening at The Broadmoor.
6:00 - 7:00 pm: VIP Reception at The Penrose Heritage Museum - $250
Enjoy cocktails and light appetizers with Phil Liggett, universally known as "the voice of cycling", and Paul Sherwen, an expert cycling analyst for the Tour de France, Tour of California and USA Pro Challenge, to celebrate the excitement of Stage 4 at an exclusive VIP reception before heading to The Broadmoor for a three course dinner and Q&A with some of the top riders in the sport. Purchase Tickets
6:30 - 8:30 pm: 2014 USA Pro Challenge - Stage 4 Gala - $150
Enjoy a three course dinner at The Broadmoor with NBC highlights and live commentary from Paul Sherwen and Phil Liggett as they conduct a Q&A with some of the top riders in the sport.
Old Colorado City Specials:
Front Range BBQ - Home-cooked Southern Style BBQ & Cajun Dishes
Cucuru Gallery Cafe - Contemporary interpretations of regional Spanish Tapas
- · 2330 W. Colorado Ave.
- · Race Special: $4.00 New Belgium Draft Beer, $3.00 New Belgium Cans, smoked ribs & chicken wing apppetizer special, BBQ sliders. Patio dining next to race route.
Jake and Telly's - Delicious and innovative Greek specialties
- · 2332 W. Colorado Ave.
- · Race Special: Cuban Sandwhich & Colorado Native $12.00
Paravicini's Italian Bistro - The city's best Italian
- · 2616 W. Colorado Ave.
- · Race Special: Any sandwhich of the menu and a draft beer for $12.00. Patio dining next to and above race route.
Thunder & Buttons - Steak sliders and blackened shrimp fettucine as well as a sizeable sandwhich and salad menu
- · 2802 W. Colorado Ave
- · Race Special: Lunch Specials Nine for $9.00. Patio dining next to race route.
Pizzeria Rustica - Handmade rustic pizza
- · 2415 W. Colorado Ave.
- · Race Special: $2.00 Draft with any sandwhich or entree purchase
TAPAteria - Real Spanish tapas
- · 2527 W. Colorado Ave
- · Race Special: $5.00 glasses of house wine. Patio dining next to race route.
Meadow Muffins - High quality pizza, hamburgers, and sandwhiches
- · 2607 W. Colorado Ave
- · Race Special: $5.00 glasses of house wine
For detailed route information including crossing points and parking:
- · 2432 W. Colorado Ave
- · Race Special: Burger and Draft Beer for $10.00 from 11:00am to 7:00pm
For detailed road closure times: Click Here
For more information, visit:
Official USA Pro Challenge Website
Official Stage 4 Website
Stage 4 on Facebook
Stage 4 on Twitter
For any questions, please contact:
Douglas G. Martin
Colorado Springs Sports Corporation
719-634-7333 ext. 1010