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Steamboat hits its mark with Pro Challenge

Organizers planning bike-centric weekend around the event start

Steamboat will play host to the 2015 USA Pro Challenge and it will have a bigger role than ever before. Steamboat will be the site of the entire first stage and the start of the second.

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Update: USA Pro Challenge to begin in Steamboat, include two stages

Update: The 2015 Pro Cycling Challenge will include two stages in Steamboat Springs, all of the first stage and the start of the second stage.

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Steamboat not on 2014 USA Pro Challenge route

Steamboat cycling spectators will have to travel if they want to catch next year’s USA Pro Challenge live. The 2014 route was announced Monday morning, and Steamboat Springs is not included.

Police: USA Pro Challenge crash caused by spectators

Steamboat Springs police think two spectators who had their backs to the race caused the crash that took down several USA Pro Challenge cyclists Wednesday.

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Pro Challenge CEO: Steamboat stages a model for race

USA Pro Challenge CEO Shawn Hunter said Steamboat's hosting of a start and a finish in 2011 and again this year might serve as a model for the race in the future.

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Steamboat says goodbye as Pro Challenge rides away

Steamboat Springs came out Thursday to say goodbye to the race it loudly welcomed into town Wednesday. The USA Pro Challenge rode out of town Thursday morning.

Pro Challenge Stage 4 could be week's defining day

Stage 4, the Queen Stage, will be one of the toughest in this year’s USA Pro Challenge and how the top contenders handle the looming difficulties could have everything to say about how things look come the final stage in Denver.

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Pro Challenge spectators make it a party on Rabbit Ears Pass

A steady stream of cyclists chose to avoid the crowds and took the USA Pro Challenge party to Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday.

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Excitable crowd turns out for USA Pro Challenge in Steamboat

As the motorcycles ferrying photographers buzzed down Lincoln Avenue ahead of the racers, people rang more than a thousand cowbells passed out as schwag and others beat their inflatable batons on the advertising panels lining the course.

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Downtown Steamboat businesses evaluate USA Pro Challenge impact

Weather, event setup and the route of the stage coming into Steamboat Springs all can have an effect on the downtown businesses lining the race chute on Lincoln Avenue.

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Voigt's valiant charge defines Stage 3 in Steamboat

Jens Voigt, the 41-year old German, showed Wednesday why he's one of the world's most popular cyclists, charging over Rabbit Ears Pass to the delight of Steamboat's cycling fans. It wasn't, however, enough to prevent a wild sprint finish on the streets of downtown.

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USA Pro Challenge fanatics camp out to get best view of finish in Steamboat Springs

Before the day is over, Paula Taylor and her sister Cheryl Leschig will have camped out for more than eight hours right next to USA Pro Challenge finish line in downtown Steamboat Springs to see just a few seconds of excitement.

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Mathias Frank wins Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge

Mathias Frank, of Switzerland, rode to a three-second win Tuesday in the second stage of the USA Pro Challenge, while Lachlan Morton, of Australia, finished second to assume the overall lead.

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Drivers have 3 detour routes around Lincoln Avenue as USA Pro Challenge spins into town

There will be a period of 15 to 20 minutes when motorists are blocked from entering U.S. Highway 40 in Steamboat as the lead riders begin the descent into the Yampa Valley from Rabbit Ears Pass.

Kids races, bike polo planned before Wednesday's race finish in Steamboat Springs

Spectators hunkering down to secure their spot at the finish line will be treated to some unique entertainment before the USA Pro Challenge racers sprint into downtown Wednesday.

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