Cities prepare bids for 2012 Pro Cycling Challenge

Nearly 30 express interest in 2nd annual stage race

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— 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, Cañon 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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Comments

Cresean Sterne 2 years, 10 months ago

What a fantastic event for the small towns of colorado. I have never seen that many people on Licoln in 23 years. Not even when they used to close Licoln for the free concert series. As far a Boulder getting in on the bid they had there chance. It was also in the papers this year that Boulder coudnt find any finacial gain for the race when the event was first being organized so Golden got in on it.
As far a the school season excuse, what about next year when school begins at CU. I live in Boulder County now and have found that Boulder has burned may bridges to colorado loacals in the past. This is why I am now moving back to Steamboat. Boulder realizes the opportunity they missed and now wants back in. I say no to Boulder and yes to Steamboat and the small towns that brought the bike race there first . The towns that brought the race in this year will find that it will help out there economy in the years to come as the US Pro Challenge progess's in the state. We have already seen it pass our expectations in the firs year.

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sedgemo 2 years, 10 months ago

You must not have been in Steamboat this year for the parade!

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