SILVERTHORNE, CO - AUGUST 18: The peloton makes it's way down Ute Pass Road heading towards Silverthorne in Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge Steamboat Springs, Colorado on August 18, 2015. The race started in Steamboat Springs and ended at Arapahoe Basin. Brent Bookwalter, USA, of BMC Racing team won the stage and took the yellow jersey from his teammate and Boulderite Taylor Phinney. (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/ The Denver Post)
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USA Pro Challenge fans Joe Howdyshell, left, of Frisco, and Matti Rowe, right, of Boulder, cheer for Team BMC's Taylor Phinney on the climb up Moonstone Road during the Stage 5 Individual Time Trial in Breckenridge Friday Aug. 21.
Louie Traub |
Hundreds of fans packed Moonstone Road for the Breckenridge time trial duringC Stage 5 of the USA Pro Challenge on Aug. 21.
Casey Day / Special to the Daily |
A cyclist with Colavita/Bianchi grimaces up the final hundred meters of the Moonstone climb during the Breckenridge time trial for Stage 5 of the USA Pro Challenge on Aug. 21.
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The USA Pro Challenge is no more.
Shawn Hunter, the driving force behind the wildly popular pro cycling stage race across Colorado, said Tuesday he is not pursuing the race for 2017. Hunter in February announced the race would not traverse Colorado this summer in what would have been its seventh year as he labored to build a new ownership structure and secure long-term investors.
“We are going to continue exploring opportunities in the sport and certainly opportunities here in Colorado when they arise,” Hunter said Tuesday afternoon. “But all the elements were not there for us to put it together for 2017.”
For more on the future of pro cycling in Colorado, see the complete article from The Denver Post.