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Cycling fans can get VIP treatment at USA Pro Challenge
If you're a cycling nut - or know someone who is - and you've got cash stashed for a summer vacation, you might consider some pretty sweet travel offers from USA Pro Challenge.
In addition to tickets for VIP areas at stage finishes, there are multiday packages that will let you see the cycling drama up close and personal.
As a reminder, the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage race comes to Colorado Aug. 20-26, starting in Durango and ending in Denver. Stage 5 zips into downtown Colorado Springs for a dramatic three-lap finish on Aug. 24.
See photos from the Queen Stage as cyclists raced over Independence Pass in 2011.
“We were impressed by the level of support we received and amount of fans that came out to the race last year,” said Shawn Hunter, president of the USA Pro Challenge. “Knowing how exciting the experience is for fans to be at the race, we’ve pulled together some great travel options that allow them to get an inside and up-close look at the sport of professional cycling.”
Cycling fans came to Colorado from at least 39 states and 16 countries in 2011, and 94 percent of those surveyed reported they would likely or very likely return for the 2012 race.
“With such high spectator interest last year, we have enhanced the travel packages to meet the needs of every kind of fan and cyclist out there,” said Chris Gutowsky, director of the travel programs for the race. “For those who want to plan their own trips, our programs will help serve as a model.”
The travel packages were designed to take in key portions of the racing action, and offer various levels of accommodations and benefits. Cyclists/fans can even challenge themselves on portions of the race routes while enjoying full support from the professional guide staff.
See details and pricing (you'd better be seated).
The Grand Depart – Aug. 17-20
The 2012 race kicks off in Durango and the beautiful Four Corners region of southwestern Colorado on Aug. 20. You'll mingle with cyclists and their teams in the days leading up to the start, join organized rides, attend the official team presentation, and enjoy Stage 1 from the VIP tent.
Midweek in the Mountains – Aug. 20-23
Based in Aspen, this packagekicks off with a spectacular round-trip charter flight to Crested Butte for the Stage 2 finish. The Stage 3 finish - in VIP seating with live television feed - is just steps from your hotel. You'll wrap up with the Stage 4 start and a relaxed morning with the entourage in downtown Aspen.
The Final Weekend – Aug. 24-27
The final weekend trip include an option to see the Colorado Springs finish on Friday night, as well as the possibility of seeing both the Golden start and the Boulder finish on Saturday. Sunday’s dramatic time trial showdown in Denver, with VIP seating, will round out the experience.