Thursday, December 8, 2011

Springs will get USA Pro Cycling stage in 2012

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Meredith Vaughan, president of Vladimir Jones, just confirmed other reports based on anonymous sources: Stage Five of next year's USA Pro Cycling Challenge will end on Friday night, Aug. 24, in Colorado Springs.

A scene from Augusts prologue in Colorado Springs.

As reported by the Denver Post:

Stage five will begin in Breckenridge and race over 11,532-foot Hoosier Pass, ending in Colorado Springs. One potential route from Breckenridge rolls 106 miles down Hoosier Pass, along CO 9 to Hartsel and through Woodland Park on U.S. Hwy. 24.

"Last year was a Monday; we were able to bring 100,000 people to Colorado Springs," Vaughan tells the Indy. "Imagine what a Friday night finish in downtown Colorado Springs is going to look like."

The race reportedly will begin in Durango on Aug. 20 and end in Denver on Aug. 26.

Last year, Colorado Springs hosted the prologue stage, which enjoyed sizable local attendance.

The time trial featured Tour de France-winning riders whipping through familiar Colorado Springs neighborhoods in between Garden of the Gods and downtown.

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