Get ready Colorado. On August 22, you will be hosting the first ever USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The race will be comprised of six road stages and an individual time-trial, beginning in Colorado Springs and concluding on the August 28 in Denver. What will make the race particularly exciting is that the riders will have to face altitudes and downhill peaks that are double the size of what they are accustomed to. As a result of the added challenge, many of the top riders in the world are slated to race. The team rosters, which were released yesterday, include big names such as George Hincapie, Cadel Evans, and the Schleck brothers.
Big names though, will also bring big crowds. For some of the smaller host cities, this will present tremendous problems. On August 24, when the race passes through Aspen, as many as 50,000 spectators are expected to attend. In order to prepare for the mass influx of people, the city is figuring out ways to accommodate the expected increase in parking demand, as well as setting up first-aid tents to handle any issues that may arise on race day with the racers and especially the fans.
While Aspen continues to plan, the excitement for the race is only growing, as this could be the greatest cycling race ever held on American soil.
For more information about the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, please visit their website at: http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/