The second edition of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will get underway today in Durango, Colorado where some of the top rider in the world will embark on what is becoming America’s premiere cycling event. The race will last all week long, culminating with an individual time trial on the streets of Denver next Sunday.
After just one year, the race has already earned itself a reputation for being amongst the tougher short events on the cycling circuit. Riding in Colorado will always present challenges of course, particularly with the higher altitudes – much of the race takes place above 10,000 feet (3048 meters) – and loads of climbing. This year’s course is 683 miles in length and features more than 50,000 feet of vertical gain.
The peloton features plenty of big names once again this year. 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans returns once again, as does defending champ Levi Leipheimer. Evan’s teammate Tejay Van Garderen, who is coming off a strong showing at last month’s Tour, will also be riding, as will Vincenzo Ibali, George Hincapie, Taylor Phinney and a host of others.
Today’s opening stage runs from Durango to Telluride and covers some 126 miles. The Riders will face a tough climb above 10,000 feet on Lizard Head Pass before making a screaming descent toward the finish line down the other side.
Look for regular update on the race throughout the week. It looks like it should be another great week for cycling in the U.S.
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