Taking place August 18-24, 2014, the 2014 USA Pro Challenge will feature 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams from six countries.
Led by UCI ProTeams BMC Racing Team, Cannondale Pro Cycling, Team Garmin-Sharp, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing, the race will include some of the top talent in the sport. Taking riders on a brutal journey through the Colorado Rockies, the seven-day stage race will travel 550 miles from Aspen to Denver, making stops in cities known for cycling culture and history.
“The race continues to build momentum year after year and we’ll look to build on that in 2014 by welcoming back some veteran teams and introducing some new ones to the challenging terrain and beautiful scenery of Colorado,” said Rick Schaden, owner of the race.
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 continues to set records in professional cycling by taking the riders to unprecedented elevations. The fourth annual race will spotlight the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
“We’ve had huge success in the Pro Challenge the past three years and we’re looking forward to returning for a fourth,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp. “As a Colorado-based team, this is a race we look forward to all year and the riders always bring their A-game. Last year Lachlan Morton won the Best Young Rider competition and Tom Danielson got third overall, so we have high goals for the race and we will give fans plenty of reasons to cheer.”
Following is the complete list of teams that will be competing in the 2014 USA Pro Challenge:
BMC Racing Team (USA) @BMCProTeam
Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA) @cannondalePro
Team Garmin-Sharp (USA) @Ride_Argyle
Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS) @tinkoff_saxo
Trek Factory Racing (USA) @TrekFactory
UCI Professional Continental Teams
Drapac Professional Cycling (AUS) @DrapacCycling
Team NetApp – Endura (GER) @NetAppEndura
Team Novo Nordisk (USA) @TeamNovoNordisk
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA) @UHCprocycling
UCI Continental Teams
Bissell Development Team (USA) @BissellDT
Hincapie Sportswear Development Team (USA) @HincapieDevo
Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home (USA) @TeamJamisHB
Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (USA) @JellyBellyTeam
Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) @OPTUMpbKBS
Rapha Condor JLT (GBR) @raphacondorjlt
Team SmartStop (USA) @TeamSmartStop