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Cities prepare bids for 2012 Pro Cycling Challenge

Nearly 30 express interest in 2nd annual stage race

John Henderson/The Denver Post

— The USA Pro Cycling Challenge has named 28 cities that have indicated an interest in hosting next year's race, set for Aug. 20 to 26.

The list includes all 11 that took part in last month's race. Steamboat Springs hosted the Stage 4 finish and the Stage 5 start.

The list of potential newcomers is: Alamosa, Boulder, CaƱon City, Castle Rock, Copper Mountain, Delta, Durango, Estes Park, Evergreen, Fort Collins, Frisco, Glenwood Springs, Granby, Grand Junction, Greeley, Idaho Springs, Lake City, Longmont, Loveland, Montrose, Morgul Bismark/Superior, Morrison, Ouray, Pagosa Springs, Pueblo, Telluride, Winter Park Resort and Woodland Park.

Steamboat Springs city officials and 2011 local race committee organizers have all but confirmed they'll apply to host again next year. City Manager Jon Roberts has said Steamboat would be "highly supportive" of another Pro Cycling Challenge event next year.

The city donated $35,000 to the local organizing committee that put on the Stage 4 finish and Stage 5 start. The city also provided an estimated $20,000 in man-hours to help host the race. Local businesses and organizations contributed another $135,000 in cash and in-kind sponsorships for the two-day spectacle here.

The Steamboat Today contributed to this report.

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