USA Pro Cycling Challenge Announces 2012 Route

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04/4/2012| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Announces 2012 Route

Earlier today the organizers of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge race revealed the route details of the 2012 edition taking place from August 20-26 in Colorado.

Earlier today the organizers of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge race revealed the route details of the 2012 edition taking place from August 20-26 in Colorado.

The 2012 route will take riders on a heart-pounding journey through the breathtaking Colorado Rockies. After making history in the inaugural year by traveling to the highest elevation of any race in North America or Europe, this year's race will take the riders to an altitude of 12,000 ft. not just once, but three times, and on the penultimate day will include a finish on iconic Flagstaff Mountain.

"In determining the route for the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, we wanted to showcase as much of the Rocky Mountains as possible, while creating a challenging course for the riders that would provide ideal viewing locations for the race spectators," USA Pro Cycling Challenge CEO Shawn Hunter told Roadcycling.com and continued "This year, the route will take the riders through more mountain passes than any other race of its kind, with five topping out at a minimum of 10,000 ft."

The race stages will start and conclude in communities ranging from towns as small as 250 residents to cities as large as Denver with its population of more than 600,000. The four new cities joining the 2012 race - Boulder, Durango, Telluride, and Montrose - each offers breathtaking scenery, as well as a unique cycling history, that will add to the overall excitement of the race.

Also new in 2012 is the placement of the individual time trial on the final day of racing in Denver, keeping fans holding their breath until the very end to see who will be awarded the overall victory of the seven days of fiercely competitive racing.

"Each day of this route is a challenge; there will be nowhere to hide for these riders," Hunter commented and added "Staging the Individual Time Trial on the last day will punctuate the drama, as we expect any time lead could be taken away with the challenge and intensity of a circuit sprint. With this course, we should witness intense competition right down to the last minute of racing."

A highly anticipated event on the race calendar, the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will test the riders over a more than 680-mile course.

The 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Route in details:

Stage 1: Monday, August 20: Durango-Telluride
This year's Grand Depart will begin with a unique start of two neutral laps through downtown, followed by a larger 6.5-mile racing loop that encompasses most of town and then heads back through downtown for the first Sprint Line of 2012. A few bumpy feet of road as the racers cross the tracks of Durango's famous Narrow Gauge Railroad will send the riders on their way out of town toward Telluride. On the ride out of LaPlata County the racers will have to tackle the Hesperus Climb on US 160. After a challenging, rolling ride across the high windswept plains and the second Sprint Line in the town of Dolores, the riders start a gradual canyon climb

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