Three cheers from three locals 

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My wife and daughter caught the finish of Stage 6 in the 2011 Tour de France. They aren't really cyclists, but the drama, energy and festival atmosphere of the race enticed them to travel out of their way to see what all the fuss was about. They were not disappointed. And, at the end of the day, they had a far more complete understanding of why the Tour is important to competitors, spectators, the town of Lisieux, and the entire country of France.

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As a mountain biking enthusiast and a Colorado Springs native, I am delighted that our community will have an opportunity to showcase our spectacular local landscape to the nation and the world via the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. I want Colorado Springs and Colorado, more generally, to become known as a great place to ride — a place that attracts and supports bicycle enthusiasts (amateur to professional) from around the country and globe.

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I'm very excited to have the USA Pro Cycling Challenge coming to Colorado, with the prologue right here in Colorado Springs. I've meet Tour de France winners Greg LeMond, Miguel Indurain and Lance Armstrong.

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