DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Race officials have picked the dozen cities that will be part of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2012.
Close to 40 cities in the state of Colorado expressed interest. A number of criteria were used for selection including full city services support, commitments in lodging, volunteer recruitment, marketing and local tourism.
Daily stages will start and end in Durango, Telluride, Montrose, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Golden, Boulder and Denver.
The four new cities are Durango, Telluride, Montrose and Boulder. Also new is the placement of the individual time trial on the final day of racing in Denver. Organizers plan to offer more details on start and finish line locations and the route next spring.
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which drew more than 1 million spectators in its inaugural year, was recently upgraded to a 2.HC ranking. It’s set for Aug. 20-26.