U.S. PRO CYCLING CHALLENGE RETURNS TO VAIL IN 2014 FOR ICONIC TIME TRIAL
VAIL, Colorado—The 2014 edition of the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge will once again return to its roots August 23 as the world’s best cyclists descend on Vail to do battle with the iconic Vail Time Trial course.
Announced November 4 in Aspen, next summer’s tour will encompass nine cities throughout Colorado, including Aspen, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Salida/Monarch, Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Breckenridge and Vail, along with a final Front Range stage to be determined by an online fan vote. The 2014 tour will kick off on August 18, culminating on August 24, with the Vail Time Trial taking center stage on Saturday, August 23.
“We are extremely pleased to not only be able to have the Time Trial included in the 2014 schedule,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and president of the Vail Organizing Committee, “but to also have the race scheduled on a Saturday. This is going to make for a huge weekend in Vail for locals and guests alike. Given our race is the next to last stage, I think it’s safe to say that Vail may well determine who wears yellow once again.”
Beaver Creek will not return to the schedule next summer, deciding to take a year off after hosting mountaintop finishes in 2012 and 2013. The resort is busy with preparations for the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
“Beaver Creek did a tremendous job and they will be back on the schedule in the future,” added Folz. “Next summer, their full focus will be on the World Championships.”
Last year, in an uphill battle to the finish, eventual tour champion Teejay van Garderen crossed the line first, taking home the stage win and solidifying his hold on the yellow leader jersey. Destroying the record from 2011 when the race used the same course, van Garderen put up an impressive time of 25:01.94. The “race of truth” was won in the final moments though, as he put four seconds on the second-place finisher, Andrew Talansky.
“Vail is very excited to once again play host to the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge,” offered Vail Mayor Andy Daly, “and we are very pleased to be able to showcase our community via our iconic Time Trial course. We obviously have a legacy of hosting world class events and the U.S.A. Pro Cycling Challenge most certainly enhances the Vail Valley’s storied cycling history.”
The Vail stage of the 2014 U.S.A. Pro Cycling Challenge will be organized through a collaborative effort involving the Vail Valley Foundation, the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts and cycling enthusiasts throughout the Vail Valley.
About the USA Pro Challenge
Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, 2014. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2014. Featuring a challenging course, the fourth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.