In addition to what those of us on the street saw in terms of participation at Colorado Springs' prologue, the Pro Challenge folks say that during the event, the Tour Tracker — the free online feed and mobile app which broadcast live coverage of the race — made it to the Top 10 of most popular sports downloads, ranking at 7th on iPhones and 4th on iPads, as well as 37th on Androids.
According to their numbers, 24,000 unique users downloaded it.
Also, the Pro Challenge group reports that 127,000 unique users visited the group's website.
Here's the full release.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — September 2, 2011
USA Pro Cycling Challenge and Tour Tracker® Set New Standard for Race Coverage
Top 10 Most Popular Sports Download for iPods and iPads
DENVER, COLORADO (September 2, 2011) - In partnership with Tour Tracker LLC , the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge set a new record for online and mobile event coverage. The Tour Tracker® applications, developed specifically for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and sponsored by Radio Shack, were available to cycling fans around the globe as a free download. Over 24,000 unique users downloaded the Tour Tracker across all mobile devices, rocketing it to high rankings in the Apple and Android app stores, while 127,000 unique users accessed it via the website. In total, 151,000 unique users accessed Tour Tracker on all platforms with over 581,000 launches altogether, making it one of the largest audiences to download Tour Tracker for a cycling event ever, besting even the latest edition of the Amgen Tour of California.
Tour Tracker was also available to fans online at www.USAprocyclingchallenge.com. All versions of Tour Tracker, mobile and web-based, featured live video coupled with unprecedented real time data presentation, including stats and standing of each rider. A special highlight for Tour Tracker users was the ability to monitor the live heart rate, power output, speed and pedaling cadence of 25 riders on each stage.
Viewers were also treated to detailed live status reports on the race situation. At any time Tour Tracker users could see the full situation on the road including immediate break-away reporting, time gaps, speed and road gradient. Fans viewing the race in person were able to use Tour Tracker’s integrated GPS tracking to monitor race progress on the detailed course map and anticipate the exact arrival time at their viewing point.
Tour Tracker adoption set a new benchmark for domestic bike racing app popularity. Over the course of the seven-day stage race, Tour Tracker use propelled the app into the top 10 most popular sports downloads on both the iPod and iPad platforms. The Android version of Tour Tracker broke into the top 50 climbing as high as 37th.
Tour Tracker founder and CTO, Allan Padgett, noted, “The fact that a cycling app could climb so quickly and so high in the rankings for Apple and Android devices is a direct reflection of how popular this event was. We are proud to have delivered a mobile event coverage experience never before seen, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to the racing action. The USAPCC delivered on that by every measure.”
According to USA Pro Cycling Challenge CEO, Shawn Hunter, “Tour Tracker has become a new way for people to follow f world-class cycling . Here people can follow along in the action of the day’s race from their phones or their computers. As a bonus, Tour Tracker followers get special insight to stats, standings and biometric monitoring of key riders. You can’t get that anywhere else, so it’s a special way to enjoy the race.”
USA Pro Cycling Challenge Tour Tracker highlights*:
·Popularity ranking of the iPhone app: 7th
·Popularity ranking of the iPad app: 4th
·Popularity ranking of the Android App: 37th
* Category rankings for free sports app.
About Tour Tracker
TourTracker® is the world’s premier online race viewing technology offering an unmatched combination of features, flexibility and proven reliability. More than a million users have experienced the biggest and most exciting cycling events on Tour Tracker. From the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, racing fans, event promoters and sponsors know that Tour Tracker is the original and simply the best coverage platform available. http://www.TheTourTracker.com Twitter: @TourTracker Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheTourTracker
About the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
For seven consecutive days, 135 of the world’s top athletes raced across 518 miles through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they ever had to endure, more than two miles in elevation. It featured the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery, including cities such as Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs.
Referred to as “America’s Race” the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge took place August 22-28, 2011. Nearly 1 million spectators viewed this race from the roadsides along the route while more than 25 million watched the race on television in 161 countries and territories, including NBC and Versus. The USA Pro Cycling Challenge was one of the largest cycling events in United States history.
Spectators of the race saw Olympians, World Champions and the Tour de France podium winners Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck and Frank Schleck. Fans worldwide had access to the competition and riders like never before with the most advanced, interactive online, Smartphone and broadcast television experience presented to date in professional cycling.
On the final day, Levi Leipheimer of Team RadioShack was awarded the Quiznos Leader Jersey and crowned the first-ever champion of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in front of a monumental crowd in downtown Denver. Elia Viviani took the Smashburger Sprint Jersey, Tejay Van Garderen the Sheets Best Young Rider Jersey, Rafael Montiel captured the Nissan King of the Mountain Jersey and the Exergy Most Aggressive Rider Jersey of the final stage went to Timmy Duggan.
More information can be found on the website www.USAprocyclingchallenge.com and Twitter page @USAProChallenge.