USA Pro Cycling Challenge Announces 2012 Route
Earlier today the organizers of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge race revealed the route details of the 2012 edition taking place from August 20-26 in Colorado.
6: Saturday, August 25: Golden-Boulder
Stage 6 departs from Golden, a second-year host city and site of one of the largest crowds in the 2011 race, but not before several circuit laps around downtown provide fans with the chance to cheer on their favorite riders. The peloton will then head north on CO 93 en route to Boulder, a city very well known for its bicycle culture. Upon arrival in downtown Boulder, the sprinters will have an opportunity to earn valuable points with a sprint line adjacent to the Pearl Street Mall and the USA Pro Challenge expo area.
After the sprint points have been awarded, the route will head up Boulder Canyon along CO 119 towards Nederland and the day's first KOM competition. Joining the cycling fans in this small mountain town will be the 14th Annual Nedfest, a music, arts and microbrew festival. Riders will continue climbing as they are faced with ascents exceeding 9,300 ft. on the incredible Peak to Peak Highway before a long and fast descent into the town of Lyons, where they will encounter another sprint line and the annual Rocky Mountain Folk Festival.
Classic local climbs up Lefthand Canyon and Lee Hill Road present the next set of challenges for the riders before they return for one final pass through downtown Boulder. In a dramatic race to the finish, the riders will head up "The Hill" to Flagstaff Mountain where a 3.5-mile vertical, dramatic race to the finish line at Sunrise Amphitheater will commence.
Stage 7: Sunday, August 26: Denver (Individual time trial)
After a tough week of racing over mountains at high altitude, the Stage 7 Individual Time Trial will be a completely different kind of race - and one that could dramatically change the results. By taking the team factor out of the race, this flat and fast course in downtown Denver will have those looking to take the overall win facing a tough individual test, making this one of the most exciting finishes possible.
Using many of the same roads as the final Denver finish circuits of 2011, the course will provide a challenge for the riders and exciting experiences for road cycling fans. Starting at one-minute intervals, with the final riders leaving the start ramp at two minute intervals, near the State Capitol Building in Denver's Civic Center Park, the riders will first face a familiar out-and-back section along Speer Blvd. and Colfax Ave., with a slight detour through the entertainment district along Larimer Street.
Returning toward the start area on Colfax, the riders will turn north to 17th Avenue and a long section of straight road, eventually delivering them to City Park. A short, but technical run through the park will return the riders to 17th Avenue, allowing spectators to see their favorite riders pass by again. Two quick turns will put the riders back on Broadway headed south to the finish line adjacent to Civic Center Park.
Stay tuned to Roadcycling.com for coverage from the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge.