The third annual USA Pro Challenge brings the world’s best cyclists to Colorado. Known as “America’s Race,” the challenge boasts seven heart-pounding stages. The riders will pedal more than 600 miles over mountain passes, winding roads, and lengthy straightaways—from Aspen on the 19th all the way down to Denver, where they’ll wrap things up on Sunday, August 25. Last year’s race brought more than one million viewers to the roadside, making it the largest spectator event in Colorado history. Expect nothing less this year. Visit 5280.com/cycling this week for daily coverage, Q&As with riders, best spots to watch the race, and everything else cycling.
- Q&A: Boulder-based USA Pro Challenge participant Tejay van Garderen
- Hero Kit: The all-in-one kit for cyclists
- Rider 01: Don't miss this piece of cycling art, on display in Vail for Stage 5
—Everyone from beginners to experts agrees that Colorado is a cyling haven. Read up on some of the state's best rides in "Spin Cities."
—A rider is not just a rider. Cyclists have specializations and roles, too. Dirk Friel of TrainingPeaks explains in "USA Pro Challenge: A Cyclist's Engine."
—Riding not enough of a workout for you? Check out the combo workouts available around town in "Fitness: The One-Two Cycling Punch."
—Last year, we followed Boulder's Timmy Duggan throughout the race. He was nice enough to chat with us before the first gun went off. Here's what he was thinking: USA Pro Challenge: Q&A with Timmy Duggan
—Find a spot to watch the rainbow of colored jerseys fly by in last year's where to watch guide.
—Want to get in on the action yourself? Get set quick with tips on prepping your bike in "Cycling: Get Ready for Spring."