The USA Pro Challenge, Colorado’s biggest sporting event, sped through Aspen on August 19 and 20. The ultimate winner, Rohan Dennis (Australia), was followed by Brent Bookwalter (U.S.) and Rob Britton (Canada) – along with cyclists from all over the world who came to test their skills against the Rockies.
This was the first year the Challenge had a women’s race, as well, with two-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong taking first. Tayler Miles and Mara Abbott followed closely behind.
Where the USA Pro Challenge Went
The route to victory wasn’t easy. Racers started with the Steamboat Springs Circuit Race on Monday, August 17, and pedaled furiously to Arapahoe Basin. From there, riders stopped at the Copper Mountain Resort before kicking off the grueling trip to Aspen; this leg of the trip required riders to spend more than half their time at elevations greater than 10,000 feet.
After leaving Aspen, riders went to Breckenridge – the second most-visited town in the USA Pro Challenge (the first is Aspen) – starting on a 20-mile uphill climb to Independence Pass. The remaining days saw riders giving it their best to Loveland, Fort Collins, Golden and finally, Denver.
About the Challenge
This was the USA Pro Challenge’s 5th year, and each city along the route had festivals, concerts, bike tours and expos. It’s one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and follows some of the most difficult routes you’ll find (you can view the stage maps and learn about the routes here).
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Aspen is a cycling mecca. We have some of the most challenging routes in the country (and some of the most relaxed, as well), and it’s all against a gorgeous backdrop so you can truly enjoy every mile churning beneath your tires.
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