I just spoke with local organizing committee spokesperson Chris Carmichael.
One of my questions to him was how he and the committee felt when they first heard the news (last night, ahead of today's official announcement) that Colorado Springs wasn't getting a stage in 2013.
His reply: "I was not caught off guard that we weren't selected. It's really the tradition of stage racing to move around. The fact that we had it for two years in a row demonstrated that Colorado Springs is important, and we will get the race back. I'm confident of that."
I'll share more from that interview in next week's Indy.
——- FIRST UPDATE, WEDNESDAY, 12:11 P.M. ——-
Here's how the local organizing committee has responded to the bad news, via press release:
“Although we are disappointed in not being chosen as a host city for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, we want to congratulate those cities that will be experiencing the race. It has been a pleasure to host the race these past two years. In 2013, we look forward to being fans of the race throughout the great state of Colorado.”
And, as part of the same release, Mayor Steve Bach:
“Although we are very disappointed, we appreciate the opportunity to have had the Pro-Cycling Challenge here in Colorado Springs and hope they will be back in the future.”
——- ORIGINAL POST, WEDNESDAY, 10:16 A.M. ——-
Colorado Springs will not host a stage of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge next August.
The announcement was made earlier this morning in Aspen, where the race will begin next year.
Take a look at the cities who did make the list here.
As we noted here back in November, Colorado Springs had put in for another Stage 5 finish.
In the race's first year, the Springs hosted a prologue, and this past year, the Springs was the only city to feature a fun circuit finish.
The annual event net nearly $100 million in economic impact for the state of Colorado in 2012, according to organizers, so it's safe to say that locals impacted by it will be disappointed.
Committee member Tom Osbourne of The Sports Corp said the Springs is "highly respected by the UPC" back in November and that "we feel we are in a good position."
I left him a message this morning and will update this blog with any insights into why the Springs was overlooked for next year.
Other local committee members involved in our bid were: Chris Carmichael (Carmichael Training Systems), Chris Jenkins (Norwood), Meredith Vaughan (Vladamir Jones) and Peter Scoville (Cushman & Wakefield).