USA Pro Challenge 2014 Race Details – August 18 – 19.
Join us for our Community Meetings to learn everything there is to know about the week leading up to the Overall Start and the Stage 2 Start of the USA Pro Challenge.
Stage 1 Map - Monday, August 18 - 2:10pm Start on Main Street, Aspen.
Aspen & Snowmass Circuit - 65 miles (Three laps of nearly 22 miles each)
Stage 1 of the 2013 race was such a success, it’s back for 2014. The Aspen/Snowmass Circuit may be short on distance, but it packs a punch. At 65 miles (3 laps of nearly 22 miles each), and 2,300 ft. of climbing per lap with minimal recovery, this circuit puts the “challenge” in USA Pro Challenge. Each lap will see the riders grind up to Snowmass Village, then a quick descent leads to two short but steep climbs, and a quick loop through Aspen downtown before doing it all again. Pair that with a starting elevation of 7,900 ft. and you have one tough opening day. No one will win the 2014 USA Pro Challenge on this opening day, but without a strong start, someone could lose it.
Stage 2 Map - Tuesday, August 19 - 11:10am Start – Main Street, Aspen
Aspen to Crested Butte
Each year the USA Pro Challenge searches for ways to include more of Colorado’s deep cycling history. Last year it was the climb up Bachelor Gulch and this time around it will be Kebler Pass. Stage 2 opens fast by ripping down the Aspen Valley through the sprint cities of Basalt and Carbondale before tackling the 8,700 ft. McClure Pass. A short descent brings the race to Gunnison County Road 12, which is a 20-mile roller-coaster that constantly changes from pavement to dirt and back again, while topping out at 9,900 ft. over Kebler Pass. A technical descent into Crested Butte brings the race back to familiar terrain. As in 2011 and 2012, the race will finish up with a sprint through downtown Crested Butte and the steep finish climb up to Mt. Crested Butte.