Jun. 11, 2013

August 23rd, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will return to Vail for the grueling Time Trial!

Vail Time Trial Cycling Challenge

Even if you’re not a cycling aficionado, this 7-day race through some of the most beautiful areas of Colorado is an amazing sight to see. Top cyclists – many fresh off the Tour de France – come from around the world take part in what many are calling the best new race in the sport.

Vail events

This year’s Challenge will take the riders through some of Colorado’s legendary ski destinations: Aspen, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek and Vail before heading to the Front Range for the final two days.

Vail is lucky to be hosting the Time Trail for a second time in the race’s three year history. The format of this event is ideal for spectators because each athlete races individually in a staggered start. This allows you to choose to watch the event either at its start in the center of Vail Village or on the grueling climb up the Vail Pass bike path, as the riders pass by one by one for the better part of the afternoon.

Vail pass bike path time trial

The recently retired Levi Leipheimer won the 16.5km stage in its first iteration 2 years ago, completing the course in 25 minutes, 47.8 (one of the perks of winning in Vail: Leipheimer won himself a lifetime Epic Pass). The same course was used as a Time Trial stage for the Coors Classic, a highly regarded stage race that lasted from 1980-1988. The record set on the course in that era was held by Andy Hampsten at 26:43,33.

Stage profile:

Race profile of Coors Classic USA Pro Challenge Time Trial

Race Day Activities
USA Pro Challenge Festival Area, Noon to 6pm in Vail Village - see the latest in cycling gear and apparel and maybe even pick up some free swag.

Mobile Scavenger Hunt, 1:30pm – Download the free FOMO Sonar app for clues and locations that will take you around Vail on your hunt for prizes!

Ice Cream Apres, 4:15pm to 6pm at Mountain Plaza by Gondola One – celebrate the end of the race with free Haagen Dazs ice cream!

ChroMoly Chef Challenge, 4:15pm to 6pm at Mountain Plaza by Gondola One - a bike building contest similar to Iron Chef but with bikes, the Chro-Moly Chef Challenge challenges 4 to 6 teams to build a bike from a selection of bike parts in one hour.

For info on accommodations in Vail visit the Vail lodging page and for updates on the race and riders visit the USA Pro Challenge website.

2013 USA Pro Challenge Teams

BMC Racing Team (USA): Tejay van Garderen, Cadel Evans, Brent Bookwalter, Greg Van Avermaet, Julien Taramarcaz, Lawrence Warbasse, Mathias Frank, Michael Schär, Philippe Gilbert, Stephen Cummings, Taylor Phinney

Cannondale Pro Cycling (USA): Peter Sagan, Ted King, Alessandro De Marchi, Damiano Caruso, Davide Villella, Edward King, Elia Viviani, Fabio Sabatini, Ivan Basso, Jurai Sagan, Nariyuki Masuda

RadioShack Leopard Trek (Luxembourg): Jens Voigt, Andy Schleck, Ben King, Chris Horner, Andreas Klöden, Fabian Cancellara, George Bennett, Hayden Roulston, Tiago Machado, Tony Gallopin.

SKY Pro Cycling (England): Chris Froome, Danny Pate, Bradley Wiggins,  Edvald Boasson Hagen, Joe Dombrowski, Joshua Edmondson, Kanstantin Suitsou, Peter Kennaugh, Richie Porte

Team Argos-Shimano (Netherlands): Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb, Luka  Mezgec, Michael Ollson, Nikodemus Holler, Patrick Gretsch, Simon Geschke, Thomas Damuseau, Tobias Ludvigsson, Tom Peterson, Yann Huguet

Team Garmin-Sharp (USA): Christian VandeVelde, Andrew Talansky, David Millar, David Zabriskie, Lachlan David Morton, Rohan Dennis, Ryder Hesjedal, Thomas Dekker, Tom Danielson, Tyler Farrar

Team Saxo-Tinkoff (Denmark): Alberto Contador, Anders Lund, Bruno Pires, Christopher Juul Jensen, Jay McCarthy, Jesper Hansen, Michael Rogers, Rory Sutherland, Timothy Duggan

Champion System Pro Cycling Team (China): Chad Beyer, Chris Butler, Chun kai Feng, Craig Lewis, Fu Shiu Cheung, Gregory Brenes Obando, Jeffrey Johan Romero Corredor, Ryan Roth, Ryota Nichizono, XU Gang

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA): Alessandro Bazzana, Benjamin Day, Christopher Jones, Jacob Keough, Jeffry Louder, Jonathan Clarke, Kiel Reijnen, Lucas Euser, Philip Deignan

Team Novo Nordisk (USA): Andrea Peron, Christopher Williams, David Riba Lozano, Fabio Calabria, Javier Megias Leal, Joe Eldridge, Joonas Henttala, Kevin De Masmaeker, Martign Verschoor

Colombia (Colombia): Edwin Avila, Fabio Duarte, Jarlinson Pantano, Jhon Darwin Atapuma Hurtado, Juan Pablo Suarez, Julio Camacho, Robinson Eduardo Chalapud

Bissell Pro Cycling (USA): Carlsen Kirk, Carter Jones, Christopher Baldwin, Frank Pipp, Jason McCartney, Jeremy Vennell, Jonathan McCarty, Michael Torckler, Phil Gaimon

Bontrager Cycling Team: Antoine Duchesne, Connor O’Leary, Gavin Mannion, Ian Boswell, James Oram, Jasper Stuyvenn, Lawson Craddock, Nathan Brown, Nathan Wilson, Ryan Eastman, Tanner Putt

Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies: Alex Candelario, Chad Haga, Jesse Anthony, Ken Hanson, Marsh Cooper, Mike Creed, Mike Friedman, Ryan Anderson, Thomas Zirbel, Tom Soladay

Jelly Belly presented by KENDA (USA): Alex Hagman, Brad Huff, Freddie Rodriguez, Ian Burnett, Louis Davila, Morgan Schmitt, Nic Hamlton, Sean Maziich, Serghei Tvetcov