2013 USA Pro Challenge Kicks off in Aspen
KREX News Room
ASPEN, Colo. - The highly anticipated 2013 USA Pro Challenge has begun.
Thousands of fans cheered in Aspen and watched 16 of the world's top teams from eight countries, complete the initial stage in the third year of the professional cycling race.
"Everybody gives 100 percent to the team and I don't know if everyone realizes that about cycling," said Bobbie Marshall, fan who traveled from Texas.
Fans traveled near and far to the race.
Adventuring all the way from Illinois for the challenge, Annete Stahl and her husband arrived early to secure a spot by the finish line.
"It’s great to see the stars of today and the future stars of tomorrow,” said Stahl. “It’s just fantastic."
Planning the challenge is a year-long endeavor, with nearly 4,000 volunteers helping out during the race month.
Chairman Shawn Hunter says it’s worth it.
“It's a true postcard for Colorado, to the rest of the world,” said Hunter. “We're broadcasting to over 200 countries and territories, so a lot of work but this is our game day and we are very excited."
Many refer to the challenge as “America’s Race,” and officials credit both the resources and people of Colorado for its success.
"The history of stage racing has its roots here in Colorado,” said Hunter. “We have the beauty of the state, the challenge of the elevation and the passion. Maybe no where else other than France and its one big moment of truth."
For a full list of race details and winners, head over to their website: USAprocyclingchallenge.com.