USA Pro Cycling Challenge organizers announced new amateur events on Wednesday, including a mass-start group ride, the Pro Challenge Experience, and a running race. The Pro Challenge Experience will take place in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Sunday August 11 with the 9K Sprint Challenge following in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday, August 25th.
“By growing the Pro Challenge to include these amateur events the whole family can get involved,” CEO Shawn Hunter said in a release. “The 9K Sprint Challenge and the Pro Challenge Experience give fans the opportunity to get in on the action and race on part of the course the professional athletes will utilize just days or hours later during the Pro Challenge.”
The Pro Challenge Experience will cover the remote Cache la Poudre Canyon and will be run in 30-, 52-, and 108-mile options. The rider with the fastest time up the Read Feather climb will earn a spot in the Vail amateur time trial before the pros start. The running race will have prizes for the fastest times and best costumes.
“We’re investing in the future of the sport and we want people to not only have the opportunity to witness the action of the USA Pro Challenge, but also experience it for themselves,” said Hunter. “We’re looking forward to bringing these and other events, in association with the Pro Challenge, to our fans for years to come.”