The USA Pro Challenge is on hiatus for 2016 — we hope to see the race return to Breckenridge in 2017!
The top men and women cyclists in the world will pedal their way into history at Breckenridge. On Aug. 20, the men’s USA Pro Challenge will finish Stage 4 in Breck. The next day, on Aug. 21, the men will start Stage 5 after the women make history with the first-ever elite professional women’s cycling race on U.S. soil, right here in Breck.
Dubbed the “Women’s USA Pro Challenge,” the women will share parts of the same Breck individual time trial course as the men, as well as equal billing and equal pay (prize money). It’s the first time men and women pros have shared a major, international stage race in Colorado since 1988.
The USA Pro Challenge is one of Colorado’s largest sporting events. With more than 1 million fans and a windfall of $130 million in economic impact to the State of Colorado last year, the USA Pro Challenge is set to attract even bigger numbers and revenue.
The men start on Aug. 17 in Steamboat for Stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge. Stage 2 brings the men’s pro cyclists to Summit County. This year, Breck will host both a Stage finish plus the individual time trial. More details about the routes and events will be announced this spring.
- Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 17 – Steamboat Springs Circuit Race
- Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin
- Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Copper Mountain Resort to Aspen
- Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 20 – Aspen to Breckenridge
- Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 21 – Breckenridge Individual Time Trial
- Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 22 – ???
- Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 23 – Golden to Denver
The women’s three-day invitation-only event kicks off in Breckenridge on Aug. 21. They then head to Fort Collins and wrap up in Golden on Aug. 23.
“I am beyond thrilled to have a chance to compete at the Women’s USA Pro Challenge this year,” said Mara Abbott, professional cyclist and Colorado resident. “I think to be able to race on your home turf is special for any racer and especially for me because Colorado holds the majority of my heart. When the men finished up Flagstaff, only two blocks from the house where I grew up, I avoided the race entirely because I was jealous and sad. To get a chance to compete in the Colorado mountains is a dream come true.”
The women competing in the Women’s USA Pro Challenge will include top national riders and Olympians. The women will race for the same prize money as the men and it will help lead the way for future equal winnings in races.
The complete race details are still being finalized, however the start of the race will begin in Breckenridge with an individual time trial to coincide with the men’s time trial in Breckenridge. The other two stage routes are in Fort Collins and Golden with details to be confirmed soon.