Quiznos Pro Challenge Announces 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge Host Cities and Stages

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11/4/2010| 0 comments
by Gerald Churchill
Chris Carmichael presents the 2011 Quiznoz Pro Challenge Race Leader Jersey.
Chris Carmichael presents the 2011 Quiznoz Pro Challenge Race Leader Jersey.

Quiznos Pro Challenge Announces 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge Host Cities and Stages

International pro cyclists to compete in the seven stages, 11 host cities, and nearly 600 miles of Colorado's most challenging terrain of the 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge.

International pro cyclists to compete in the seven stages, 11 host cities, and nearly 600 miles of Colorado's most challenging terrain of the 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge.

The Quiznos Pro Challenge officially announced the stages, host cities and race format for the inaugural 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge international pro-cycling competition at a press conference today held at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

Running from August 22-28, 2011, the event will be made up of seven stages, traveling through Colorado's most picturesque landscapes and visiting 11 Colorado host cities.  Created to be the most challenging pro-cycling race in American history, the Quiznos Pro Challenge is set to cover nearly 600 miles of the region's demanding terrain.

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and Governor-elect and former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper were joined by representatives from the 11 selected host cites including: personal coach to Lance Armstrong, Chris Carmichael (LOC Chair, Colorado Springs), Scott Damman (City Councilman, Salida), Leah Williams (Mayor, Crested Butte), William Buck (Mayor, Mt. Crested Butte), Jonathan Houck (Mayor Pro-Tem, Gunnison), Mick Ireland (Mayor, Aspen), Dick Cleveland (Mayor, Vail), Ron Wolfe (Mayor, Avon), Scott Myller (City Councilman, Steamboat Springs), John Warner (Mayor, Breckenridge), and Jacob Smith (Mayor, Golden).

Denver professional football legend and avid cyclist Shannon Sharpe spoke at the event to help convey the importance of the race and the announcement to the international sports world.  Sharpe expressed his respect for international cycling and the endurance it takes to compete at a top level while on stage with professional cyclists Tom Danielson, Tim Duggan and Rory Sutherland, as well as Steve Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of USA Cycling.    

The 120 world-class cyclists anticipated to participate in the seven-day race will begin their journey in beautiful Colorado Springs, then crisscross their way over the treacherous Rocky Mountains.  The region's unique topography will provide challenging climbs and extremely fast downhill legs with an awe-inspiring backdrop of several of the United States' highest mountain peaks leading to the finish in Denver.

The eleven official stage start and finish communities that have been selected for the 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge include:

The 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge Stages:
August 22: Stage 1: Prologue time trial, Colorado Springs
August 23: Stage 2: Salida to Crested Butte, mountain-top finish
August 24: Stage 3: Gunnison to Aspen, mountain stage
August 25: Stage 4: Vail, time trail, former Coors Classic stage
August 26: Stage 5: Avon to Steamboat Springs
August 27: Stage 6: Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge
August 28: Stage 7: Golden to Denver
 
"We are excited to welcome sports fans and the international cycling community to many of Colorado's most beautiful regions," said Governor Ritter. "The Quiznos Pro Challenge will provide a majestic tour of many of the state's natural treasures while becoming the battleground for one of the world's most intense competitions."

The initial idea to bring a major stage race back to Colorado is credited to Quiznos Pro Challenge partner, Team RadioShack rider and 7-time Tour de France Winner Lance Armstrong who expressed interest to Governor Ritter last year.  The Quiznos Pro Challenge is now expected

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