WOMEN’S USA PRO CHALLENGE CONFIRMED
Inaugural Event to Kick-Off in Breckenridge, Fort Collins and Golden from August 21-23, 2015
DENVER (March 31, 2015) – The USA Pro Challenge announced today the confirmation of an elite women’s race, the “Women’s USA Pro Challenge,” to take place over the course of three days, in conjunction with the men’s professional race. The women, for the first time, will race on parts of the men’s race course in Colorado this August and race daily for the same prize money as the men.
The three-day invitation-only event is sanctioned by USA Cycling and will kick off in Breckenridge on August 21st and conclude in Golden on August 23rd, prior to the start of the last day of racing for the USA Pro Challenge. It is the first time since 1988 that some of the best men and women in the world will be sharing courses at a major, international stage race in Colorado.
“We are very excited to support women’s cycling in the U.S. and bring more of an awareness to these incredible athletes on a large stage in Colorado with world-class crowds,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “The women bring an entirely new dynamic to our race and we are confident the fierce skills of these riders will impress and inspire all of our passionate fans.”
The announcement was made in Breckenridge and honored guest, American professional and Boulder resident Mara Abbott was on hand to spread the news. In 2010 Abbott, who races for the Wiggle-Honda Pro Cycling team, became the first American ever to win the Giro Donne, one of the Grand Tours of women's bicycle racing.
“I am beyond thrilled to have a chance to compete at the Women’s USA Pro Challenge this year,” said Mara Abbott, professional cyclist. “I think to be able to race on your home turf is special for any racer and especially for me because Colorado holds the majority of my heart. When the men finished up Flagstaff, only two blocks from the house where I grew up, I avoided the race entirely because I was jealous and sad. To get a chance to compete in the Colorado mountains is a dream come true.”
The women competing in the Women’s USA Pro Challenge will include top national riders and Olympians. The women will race for the same prize money as the men and it will help lead the way for future equal winnings in races.
Former COO of USA Cycling and now USA Cycling board member, Sean Petty, will serve as the Race Director for the Women’s USA Pro Challenge.
“There is a long legacy that some of the best female cyclists in the world are from the United States and many from right here in Colorado,” said Sean Petty, Women’s USA Pro Challenge Race Director. “Now, those riders get to showcase their incredible talent and exciting racing in front of the huge crowds the USA Pro Challenge attracts. It’s a great opportunity for our women to have a ‘home game.’”
Connie Carpenter-Phinney made history when she won the first women’s Olympic road race in 1984. She has been a proponent of a women’s USA Pro Challenge from the very beginning when she helped form the USA Pro Challenge in the inaugural year.
"This is great news for women's cycling that the USA Pro Challenge has added a women's division in 2015, which has been highly anticipated by the racers and the fans,” said Carpenter-Phinney. “I know Colorado will embrace the women's race and 2015 will mark the start of a new era in women's racing!"
The complete race details are still being finalized, however the start of the race will begin in Breckenridge with an individual time trial to coincide with the men’s time trial in Breckenridge. The other two stage routes are in Fort Collins and Golden with details to be confirmed in the near future.
About the USA Pro Challenge
Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 17-23, 2015. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2015. Featuring a challenging course, the fifth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
More information can be found online at www.prochallenge.com and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.
Highlighting the 2015 promotional calendar are a whopping 18 fireworks shows, the most in Sky Sox history! In addition to the Sky Sox’ popular Friday Fireworks series (9 Fridays in total), the team will also have fireworks during their July 4 game against the Memphis Redbirds and other select Saturdays throughout the year.
New this season, fans can purchase an 8-game Friday Fireworks pack for a discounted price of $75. Saturday fireworks shows will include entertaining themes with live character appearances and performances including Star Wars on June 20, the Avengers on August 1 and Batman vs. Superman on September 5 for Sky Fest, the biggest fireworks show of the year.
Fans will also want to secure their tickets for major events like Opening Weekend (April 9-12), Used Car Night on Saturday, July 11 and our first combined fireworks show and giveaway night with a retro 80’s Sox the Fox Bobblehead to the first 1,500 fans through the gates on August 15.
This season will also see the return of Kids Eat Free Mondays and a new promo called ‘Must Win Mondays’. If you are in attendance for a Sky Sox win on a Monday night, your ticket is then valid for one free admission for any selected Monday during the 2015 season at Security Service Field.
The Sky Sox will also be welcoming back their popular day-of-the-week promotions including 11 $2 Tuesdays, 11 $3 Craft Brew Thursdays and 11 50¢ hot dog Sundays.
@VicLombardi i would argue that the Broncos are a QB short of a Championship roster. Ugly I know.— Colin Daniels (@southstands303) January 12, 2015
Foxy should've went to Brock a month ago. He would've had a free pass. #Broncos— Raj Sharan (@Raj_Sharan) January 12, 2015
Thank you Broncos for a wonderful afternoon of spicy garlic wings— Andres V (@DnotoriousPIG) January 12, 2015
Thanks for the season and disappointment again. Never fail. @Broncos— Dr GSpot (@Guageous) January 12, 2015
*deletes all broncos tweets*— Brat Simpson (@ghostgirl8000) January 12, 2015
I'm guessing Adam Gase leaves the #Broncos last two playoff games off his resume.— JMartinez (@jm2k1) January 12, 2015
I'm REALLY glad I didn't change my avi to a Broncos pic this morning, like I was going to. That would have been embarrassing.— Jennie Davenport (@may_davenport) January 12, 2015
Waiting for inevitable chorus of "Too bad about the loss but thanks for great season #broncos" Rings more hollow w every passing year.— John Aguilar (@abuvthefold) January 12, 2015
"BREAKING NEWS: Papa John's Pizza has fired Broncos QB Peyton Manning due to his failure to deliver."— Pierce Fair (@TheNegroniousP) January 12, 2015
my moms just sitting in the Broncos stands crying her eyes out rn fuck this week should be fun— JESSIE MORESCHINI (@wgwabbbb) January 12, 2015
Witness the fallout live and online here.
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Colorado Springs, Colo. – October 3, 2014 — This week, El Pomar Foundation Trustees announced approval of a $10 million dollar grant to the United States Olympic Museum.The other three projects included in City for Champions are a sports medicine center at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Air Force Academy visitors center and downtown sports stadium.
The Olympic Museum draws on the strength of the Colorado Springs community. As the headquarters for the United States Olympic Committee and 22 National Governing Bodies for Olympic sport, which include Paralympic sport, Colorado Springs is uniquely positioned to be the site for the nation’s first and only Olympic Museum.
“Colorado Springs is a proven leader in its support of our country’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Spencer Penrose envisioned Colorado Springs as a thriving hub of tourism and commerce, and the U.S. Olympic Museum will be a destination tourist attraction, and a powerful economic driver for the region. It will honor the Olympic movement and the athletes who have achieved and endured. Additionally, the Museum’s leadership team, headed by Ambassador Richard Celeste, has demonstrated certainty of vision and commitment to achieve the museums goals.” –El Pomar Foundation Chairman and CEO, William J. Hybl.
With over 219 million U.S. viewers during the 2012 London Olympic Games, yet with all this attention, there is no comprehensive Olympic Museum in the United States for avid followers.
“The Olympic Museum will be a place not only to showcase the struggle and success of our nation’s athletes but to also express the universal values of excellence, friendship and respect through the philosophy of the Olympic Games. The Colorado Springs community has a passion for sport and a longstanding connection to the Olympic movement. Providing a national home for the U.S. Olympic Museum will allow us to share our passion with parents and children from around the nation and world as they visit the Museum.” Ambassador Dick Celeste, President U.S. Olympic Museum
The U.S. Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs will be the only comprehensive Olympic and Paralympic Museum in the United States. An iconic complex to be built in downtown Colorado Springs, the museum will be a pilgrimage site containing the artifacts, media, technology, and the myriad stories behind the dedicated American athletes who follow their dreams, while showcasing the historical power and national pride surrounding the Olympic Games. http://www.usolympicmuseum.org/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THE ICONIC STANLEY CUP STOPS AT BROADMOOR WORLD ARENA SEPT. 30IN PREPERATION FOR THE BATTLE AT THE BROADMOOR FACE-OFF
SIR STANLEY IN THE SPRINGS 2014; FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SEPTEMBER 30 FROM 4 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Colorado Springs, CO – The Broadmoor World Arena welcomes the Stanley Cup in Colorado Springs in preparation for the Battle at the Broadmoor face-off between the Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings.
‘Sir Stanley in the Springs 2014’ is a free event. The general public will have the opportunity to take a memorable picture with the Stanley Cup and partake in numerous family friendly activities.
Centerplate, the in-house catering company at The Broadmoor World Arena will have Silver Dollar Stanleys randomly placed on food and beverage items during the open house, good for special prizes redeemable at the Box Office. (Guests are encouraged to look for these special Silver Dollar Stanley stickers on the bottom of all concession items in order to win.)
The Colorado Avalanche take on 2014 Stanley Cup winners, the LA Kings for the official Battle at the Broadmoor, October 2 at The Broadmoor World Arena. Tickets are still available at all TicketsWest locations, www.BroadmoorWorldArena.com or by calling 520-SHOW.
Jimmy Riha of the United State (San Diego), led the way, leading the chart and finishing atop the day with 1000 points. That kept him in fifth place in the Open Skateboard standings behind Patrick Switzer of Canada, who has 5,457 points on the circuit to 4,524 for Riha, who enjoyed a fabulous run on America's Mountain on a sunny 67 degree day with perfect highway conditions.The rest of the 119 racers lined up as follows:
If Speed Is Your Thrill, Here's An Event On Pikes Peak This Coming Weekend You'll Never Forget!
This coming weekend, the world's fastest skateboarders will compete on a 1.4 mile course full of sweeping turns, steep drops, and banked hairpin corners. With speeds expected at 50+ mph this race down Pikes Peak is one of the most anticipated stops on the International Downhill Federation schedule. Check out the course map here.
A total of 119 racers will tackle Pikes Peak, now a major international event with competitors from Australia. Brazil. Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Malaysia, Peru, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Great Britain and the United States. The field consists 94 Open (Men), 18 Juniors and seven women.
The Pikes Peak Downhill Invitational opens on Saturday the 6th with practice and qualification runs through out the day starting at 9:00 a.m. Sunday final practice starts at 9:00 a.m. with the official race starting at 10:00 a.m. The race will be ran in heats of 4-6 racers, each will be timed individually until the final rounds where only the winners will advance.
The summit at Pikes Peak, a National Historic Landmark, is the most visited mountain in North America, and the second most visited mountain in the world.
Over a half million people reach the summit house every year, via the Pikes Peak Highway, the world's highest toll road at 14,115 feet.
Constructed in 1915, the Pikes Peak highway has been home to the legendary Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for nearly 100 years. Also known as The Race to the Clouds, the Hill Climb famously competed on dirt and gravel for decades, from the halfway point of the 19-mile highway, to the summit. In 2011, the highway was paved all the way to the top, opening up the fastest, and most challenging curves, to downhill skateboarding for the first time.
Against this stunning backdrop, rich in racing and motorsports history, the world's fastest skateboarders will compete on a course starting above 11,000 feet, with 1.5 miles of sweeping turns, steep drops, and banked hairpin corners. With top speeds expected to reach 50+ mph, the Pikes Peak Downhill course is one of the most highly anticipated stops on the International Downhill Federation schedule.
The Pikes Peak Downhill is free to the public other then the toll fee ($12.00) to access the Pikes Peak Highway. The Pikes Peak Highway will be open to regular traffic in 20 minute intervals that allow racers to complete their heats. Spectators are permitted to park at the Ski Area as there is no parking along the race course.
Come experience City for Champions in a whole new way. You are invited to collaborate on the vision of what City for Champions and its catalytic effect will look like for Colorado Springs in 2, 5 and 10 years.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The New PPLD 21c Library, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Guests are welcome to share ideas and hear about the ways City for Champions will benefit you, your family, your neighborhood and your community.
With our new format, you’ll be able to visit the City for Champions collaborative stations, including the United States Olympic Museum, Colorado Sports and Event Center, UCCS Sports Medicine and Performance Center, USAFA Gateway Visitor Center, our Sister City, Ancient Olympia, Greece, and learn ways to get more involved in this transformative vision.
Also, you’ll have a chance to see what “A Day in the Life” will look like in Colorado Springs when the City for Champions projects are completed, ask questions one-on-one with members of the C4C team, and meet the new Regional Tourism Advisory Board.
In addition, people may also submit questions online before the meeting at cityforchampions.com