Exact Routes for USA Pro Cycling Challenge Announced
I really wish they'd just call it the "Tour of Colorado". Aside from the relative lack of air, this doesn't seem like much of a "challenge". Not a real mountain top finish all week. The prologue TT might be scenic, but there's not a single freakin' turn. Same for the Vail TT, which is an uphill TT, but not very steep.
On the other hand, the final stage covers roads that I ride almost every time I leave my driveway. That's pretty damn cool.
I agree about the name.
The route seems OK to me. I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt since it's the first year. I'd say it's a better first effort than what we saw from the Tour of California, that's for sure. This race has so much potential. It has a great spot on the calendar (the spot the Tour of California should have gone for) and there are so many route possibilities. I just hope the US can finally put on a successful stage race that will actually stand the test of time.
Just think, with the Tour of Utah (http://www.tourofutah.com/), the Tour of Colorado (let's just call it that), and a moved TOC, they could have a 3-week tour.
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