USA Pro Challenge officials unveiled eight of the host cities that will serve as starts and finishes for the 2014 USA Pro Challenge Professional Cycling Race. New this year, fans will get to weigh in on the final stage.
After overwhelming support, the race is heading back to Aspen for the start. There are some new additions that made the cut as well, including the first-ever mountaintop finish on Monarch Mountain.
Known for lung-searing altitudes and intense climbs through the Colorado Rockies, the race is the largest spectator event in the history of the state.
The host cities and stages of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge include:
Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 18 – Aspen Circuit Race
Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 19 – Aspen to Mt. Crested Butte
Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 20 – Gunnison to Monarch Mountain (mountaintop finish)
Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 21 – Colorado Springs Circuit Race
Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 22 – Woodland Park to Breckenridge
Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 23 – Vail Individual Time Trial
Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 24 – ???
Fans will be able to help shape the race by logging on here
. and giving their opinion on four options for Stage 7, including:
1. Denver Circuit Race similar to the final stage of the 2013 race
2. Start in Golden (2012 Stage 6 start city) and finish in Denver
3. Start in Boulder (2012 Stage 6 finish city) and finish in Denver
4. Start in Boulder and end in Golden