USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Race details
Region USA
Nickname(s) USA Pro Challenge, America's Race
Discipline Road race
Competition UCI America Tour 2.HC
Type Stage race
Organiser Medalist Sports LLC
Race director Jim Birrell
History
First edition 2011 (2011)
Editions 3
First winner  Levi Leipheimer (USA)
Most recent  Tejay van Garderen (USA)

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is an annual multi-day professional road bicycle racing stage race that first took place in Colorado in 2011. Originally announced on August 4, 2010 by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and Lance Armstrong as the Quiznos Pro Challenge,[1] the event carries on the state's cycling legacy, which was most notably highlighted by the Coors Classic that ran from 1980 to 1988. On February 4, 2011 Richard E. Schaden, founder of Quiznos and the event's co-chairman, announced the investment of an initial $10 million to secure the initial growth and longevity of the race. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is one of only two current 2.HC rated races in the United States, and is considered one of most important pro cycling races in the U.S.

Winners[edit]

Rider Team
2011 United States Leipheimer, LeviLevi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack
2012 United States Vande Velde, ChristianChristian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Sharp
2013 United States Van Garderen, TejayTejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team

2011 edition[edit]

In 2011, the event took place between August 22–28, 2011 and featured 16 professional cycling teams [2] consisting of 135 riders; including the top three riders of the 2011 Tour de France: Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck and Fränk Schleck. Riders traveled 518 miles and climbed 36,250 total feet at altitudes of upwards of 12,000 feet during the seven days of competition.

The race received 25 hours of national television airtime on Versus (TV channel) and the NBC Sports Network and was seen by over one million people worldwide. On-air commentary was provided by Tour de France announcers Paul Sherwen, Phil Liggett and Bob Roll.[3]

Americans swept the podium, with Levi Leipheimer winning the race, Christian Vande Velde finishing second, and Tejay van Garderen finishing third.

2012 edition[edit]

For 2012, the 683-mile race featured 42,000 feet of climbing, nine mountain passes (three of which exceed 12,000 feet), and three mountain top finishes. Four new cities joined the 2012 race including Durango, Telluride, Montrose and Boulder. The race was held from August 20–26 and featured an Individual Time Trial on the final day of racing in Denver.[4] The race has received a 2.HC from the UCI (French: Hors categorie; English: beyond categorization), the highest rating for a continental tour stage race.

Similar to the first edition, Americans swept the podium, with Christian Vande Velde winning the race, Tejay van Garderen finishing second, and Levi Leipheimer finishing third.

2013 edition[edit]

The race took place from August 19–25, 2013. It began in Aspen, wound its way through the Rocky Mountains at heights of up to 12,000 feet (3,700 m), and finished in the streets of downtown Denver.

American Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing Team won the overall title after finishing lower on the podium the previous two years. Mathias Frank of BMC Racing Team finished second, becoming the first non-American to finish on the podium, while Tom Danielson of Garmin-Sharp finished third.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kirsten Frattini. "Lance Armstrong Announces The Quiznos Pro Challenge". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Teams". USA Pro Cycling Challenge. 1973-09-03. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  3. ^ By John HendersonThe Denver Postdenverpost.com. "Name change: Quiznos Pro Challenge now U.S.A. Pro Challenge". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  4. ^ "2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge Route Features American Professional Cycling’s Highest Elevation". USA Pro Cycling Challenge. 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 

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