Stage 1 was supposed to be the easy day, but it turned into a major test. Now riders in the 2015 USA Pro Challenge face another major hurdle — or a series of them, actually — in a climb-filled Stage 2.
Lowell Conkle, 57, has avidly followed bike racing since the days when American Greg Lemond first won the Tour de France for the first of three times in 1986. However, Monday marked the first time he’d attended a road cycling race in person.
Boulder cyclist Taylor Phinney surged from an exhausted, exasperated peloton to win Stage 1 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge in thrilling fashion Monday afternoon in Steamboat Springs.
The second lap of Stage 1 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge is nearing the expected sprint finish.
Team Cycling Academy is well aware it was a long shot to make the field of 16 teams in the USA Pro Challenge, but Israel's first serious pro team is intent on showing it belongs.
It's going to be a sprint finish to Stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge in Steamboat Springs ... unless a cow gets in the way.
Major traffic reroutes and delays will continue today as 2015 USA Pro Challenge cyclists make two laps through Steamboat Springs as part of Stage 1 of the race.
In a town known for its powder skiing and winter Olympians, all this pedaling around begs the question — is cycling good cross-training for ski season?
Kevin De Mesmaeker only dreams one dream at a time, so while visions of champagne on the Champs-Élysées and Tour de France yellow surely dance in the imagination of many cyclists, he’s focused several steps lower.
As professional cycling teams cut across and around Steamboat Springs Friday, the race they were training for made official the start list for this year’s USA Pro Challenge. There will be 125 riders from 31 different countries taking part.
The teams and top contenders for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge
So what is the difference between your $800 road bike and the pros $10,000 chariot? In short, modern technology and lots of carbon fiber.
Routt County's Coal Mine Loop is a great local road riding challenge
The Coal Mine Loop, the setting for Monday's Stage 1 of the USA Pro Challenge, is a beautiful local challenge for road bikers. It's a gritty and exhausting test for one sports writer.
Competitors in the Tour de France this year had to avoid cows in the highway during a high-speed descent. But injuries caused by careless fans are unfair to the athletes. And it happens at races all over the world.
Stage 1 of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge will likely feature a fast charge down Oak Creek Canyon, across the Yampa River Valley and into Steamboat Springs for a sprint finish. Here's how fans can expect it to unfold.
- • Share a photo or race-day story
- • Follow the hashtags #ProChallenge and #SteamboatPC for tweets about the USA Pro Challenge and the Bike Town USA Stages
- • Follow the Steamboat Pilot & Today on Twitter and Facebook
- • Follow the local organizing committee on Twitter and Facebook
- • Follow the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association on Twitter and Facebook
- • Follow the USA Pro Challenge on Twitter and Facebook
Road closure information:
- • Map of downtown road closures
- • Map of Stage 1 overall start and race
- • Map of Stage 2 start
- • CDOT highway impact information
Race information:Tweets from https://twitter.com/steamboatpilot/lists/steamboat-pro-challenge