Riders make their way to Steamboat Springs on Aug. 26 during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The local group that organized the finish and start stages in Steamboat said it is planning on making another bid to host the event in 2012.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Riders make their way to Steamboat Springs on Aug. 26 during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The local group that organized the finish and start stages in Steamboat said it is planning on making another bid to host the event in 2012.

Steamboat to submit 2012 bid for Pro Cycling Challenge

Chairman: City will apply to host Pro Cycling Challenge stage

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Anyone who would like to submit a letter of support that would be included in Steamboat’s application to be a host city for next year’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge can email it to Jim Schneider at jschneider@steamboat.com.

— The local organizing committee for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge hasn’t met to discuss next year’s race, but committee chairman Jim Schneider knows what the group will decide.

“We’re absolutely going to submit a proposal and take our chances and see where we go,” said Schneider, who led the group that organized the Stage 4 finish and Stage 5 start in Steamboat Springs on Aug. 26 and 27.

Schneider said the local organizing committee is scheduled to meet Monday afternoon.

And now Steamboat may have a better idea how much hosting the event this year cost.

City Finance Director Deb Hinsvark said in an email Thursday that city staff reported spending nearly 2,600 hours helping plan and staff the professional bike race for an estimated total of $51,728 at $20 per hour.

With the $143,000 in cash contributions, including $35,000 from the city, and a budgeted amount of in-kind donations at $26,000, the total cost of the race in Steamboat is $220,728.

But Hinsvark said that could change again based on the actual in-kind donation amounts reported from local businesses and the lodging community.

Schneider said the local organizing committee met last week to discuss this year’s race and how it went. He said based on how successful the group was in soliciting sponsorships, it would work harder to attract visitors for longer than just one night.

Many lodging properties reported being at or near capacity Friday night but not Saturday night. And many local restaurants and businesses didn’t report a noticeable increase in sales that weekend.

“Other than that, I think everyone thought things went pretty good,” Schneider said.

The Denver Post reported this week that 28 new cities have expressed interest in hosting stages during the 2012 race, in addition to the 11 host cities that participated this year.

The Pro Cycling Challenge will solicit bids and require that cities and towns submit applications in October before a November announcement of stage hosts for the race that is scheduled for Aug. 20 to 26.

Schneider said he is looking for letters of support to include with Steamboat’s application to be a host city for next year’s Pro Cycling Challenge. Anyone

who would like to submit a letter can email it to Schneider at jschneider@steamboat.com.

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