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Steamboat awaits Quiznos Pro Challenge verdict

Brent Boyer

— The leader of the committee that submitted a bid for Steamboat Springs to host a stage of the inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge professional cycling stage race next summer remained optimistic for Thursday's announcement of host cities.

"We're still holding out hope," Jim Schneider said Tues­day afternoon.

Schneider, vice president of skier services for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., is head of the committee of local business and civic leaders that submitted an official host application for the Quiznos Pro Challenge.

That application was submitted in September after a site visit by representatives from Medalist Sports, the organization contracted to organize the race.

Gov. Bill Ritter and representatives from the selected host cities, as well as unidentified pro cyclists, are scheduled to gather in Denver on Thursday to announce the race's stages, host cities and format.

The race, scheduled for Aug. 22 to 28, 2011, was an­­nounced this summer by Ritter and cycling legend Lance Arm­strong, who said they wanted to re-create the legacy of the former Colorado-based Coors International Bicycle Classic.

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Schneider said cities that submitted host applications have been asked to refer media inquiries to Heather Krug, of Rogers and Cowan, the public relations firm handling the Quiznos Pro Challenge. Krug could not be reached Tuesday afternoon.

Although there's no official word about Steamboat's selection as a host city, several Colorado cities have announced that they were passed over for the inaugural edition of the race. Local media reports in Durango, Telluride and Loveland indicate that those towns have been turned down.

Twenty-three Colorado cities submitted host applications. It is thought there are six host city slots open for the seven-day, 600-mile race being billed as "the greatest bike race to be held on American soil."

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