ASPEN, CO (BRAIN) — Organizers of the USA Pro Challenge stage race on Wednesday unveiled the route for its 2013 race, the third edition of the event. Next year's race will start with a circuit race near Aspen and conclude with a circuit in Denver.
Organizers kept the route more compact that prior editions, with the first five days sticking close to the central mountains region. The race will not visit the Four Corners region, as it did last year with a stage in Durango. And for the first time it will not pass through the Crested Butte/Gunnison region. However, the race is making its first visit to the Front Range communities of Fort Collins and Loveland.
Organizers did not release specific routes for the stages, just start and finish host communities:
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
"Riders now know that there is no race in America like the USA Pro Challenge, and these host cities help ensure cycling's world stage returns to Colorado for seven days of grueling competition," said Shawn Hunter, CEO and co-chairman of the USA Pro Challenge. "With the addition of Loveland and Fort Collins we are adding two cities that have built a community around the cycling culture," Hunter said. "We are thrilled to incorporate their enthusiasm as we continue to showcase Colorado as the center of the nation's cycling spirit."