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Colorado Springs bids to take part in 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Cycling advocates have submitted a bid for Colorado Springs to again be a host city when the USA Pro Cycling Challenge returns to Colorado in 2013 for the third time.
The race across the state, featuring the world’s top riders, has come to Colorado Springs twice, in 2011 as the prologue and this year as a stage finish, complete with a large celebration downtown. Race organizers said 1 million fans came out to watch the seven-day event.
Meredith Vaughan, one of the co-chairs of the local organizing committee, said the bid stresses the city’s culture of cycling and support by fans.
“We felt like, with the city support, it’s a good event for the community. It’s in line with the community itself. It’s a great representation of outdoor activities and sports,” she said.
Not every city has opted to take part next year. Boulder didn’t submit a bid, after logistical problems and questionable economic impact there.
Vaughan said an announcement will be made on the host cities in early December.
The race will roll through Colorado on Aug. 19-25.