Pro Challenge Experience presented by UnitedHealthcare Gives Fans the Opportunity to Get in on the Excitement of the Race like Never Before Professional Cycling Race Brings Back Mass-Participation Ride in Days Leading Up to World-Class Event
Denver (May 8, 2014) – After seeing huge success in its first year,Pro Challenge Experience presented by UnitedHealthcare , a mass participation bike ride taking place in Fort Collins, Colo., will return Sunday, Aug. 10, just eight days before the start of the USA Pro Challenge professional race.
Open to all ages, the event gives recreational cyclists an opportunity to challenge themselves against some of the most difficult and scenic terrain in the world. Beginning and finishing in Fort Collins, a host city for the 2013 professional race, participants can ride one of three distances – 25, 50 or 100 miles.
“Fans from throughout the state and all over the country come out to see the USA Pro Challenge in August, and we want people to not only have the opportunity to witness the race action, but also to get out on the bike and ride some of the same roads that have been covered by the pros,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge.
“UnitedHealthcare is again honored to be a part of the Pro Challenge Experience,” said Beth Soberg, president and CEO, UnitedHealthcare in Colorado. “Cycling is a great way to get outdoors, enjoy our beautiful state and improve our health and well-being.”
The 2014 Pro Challenge Experience presented by UnitedHealthcare blasts off from the main campus of Colorado State University. With three distances varying in length – from the 25-mile “Experience” ride to the more daunting “Challenge” route to the truly epic “Pro” Century ride – the Pro Challenge Experience presented by UnitedHealthcare has something for every rider.
While revisiting some of Northern Colorado’s signature cycling challenges, including Manhatten Road, Red Feather Lakes and Owl Canyon, this year’s event also will incorporate the Horsetooth Reservoir climbs featured in Stage 6 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge. With the support of the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department and Larimer County, this will be the first organized cycling event to return to legendary Rist Canyon since the natural disasters of 2012 and 2013. Rist Canyon is hallowed ground for local cyclists and has been featured in countless regional and national cycling guides as one of Colorado’s great routes.
For full details of the three routes, log on to: http://usaprocyclingchallenge.com/pce-route .
The King of the Mountain (KOM) climb will be chip timed for those participating in the 100-mile ride. The Pro Challenge Experience “King” and “Queen” of the Mountain (the riders with the fastest times to the top of this marquee climb) will be crowned at the post-ride festival, and each will be awarded an entry into the Amateur Time Trial before Stage 6 of the USA Pro Challenge in Vail on Aug. 23.
Ride with the Pros:
A new element for 2014, the “Champion’s Challenge ” will introduce a competitive element that combines the camaraderie of an organized and supported ride with the sportsmanship of a competitive effort. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride like a pro will see three teams of 30 competing to finish the 50-mile course first. The winning team will be determined by the aggregate scores of the top-10 riders on each team.
Each team will be captained by one of three National Champions – Timmy Duggan, Chris Baldwin and Alison Dunlap – to help guide them to victory. The fastest overall individual will receive two passes to the VIP Hospitality tent at the Stage 7 finish in Denver on Aug. 24.
"I’m excited to participate in the USA Pro Challenge Experience for the second year as a captain of one of the teams in the new ‘Champions Challenge’ team format,” said recently retired Duggan. “It will definitely provide a unique and fun change this year! I hope everyone comes out and joins us to get a feel for what it can be like racing on the roads of the USA Pro Challenge!"
Owning a bike shop is a tricky business but it comes with certain benefits and one of those benefits is having access to the latest and greatest bicycles available from the manufacturers you carry. Over the next several weeks, YGR will highlight some of our local bike shop owners favorite bikes.
This week we start with Greg Thornton's 2014 Pinarello Dogma. Greg owns ProVelo Bicycles and has access to bikes from Cannondale, Jamis, Pinarello, Santa Cruz.
Frame: Pinarello Dogma 65.1 Think2
Fork: Pinarello Onda Carbon 65HM1K
Headset: Pinarello, 1 1/8-to-1 1/2" tapered
Stem: Pinarello Most 120
Handlebars: Pinarello Most 42
Front brake: Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton dual pivot
Rear brake: Campagnolo Super Record Skeleton single pivot
Brake levers: Campagnolo Ultra-Shift Super Record EPS
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Shift levers: Campagnolo Ultra-Shift Super Record EPS
Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record, 11-26T
Chain: Campagnolo Record 11s
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record Ultra-Torque CT, 39/53T
Bottom bracket: Campagnolo Ultra-Torque OS-Fit
Pedals: Look Keno Blade 2 Ti
Wheelset: Campagnolo Shamal Ultra
Front tire: Continental GP Grand Prix 4000, 700x25mm
Rear tire: Continental GP Grand Prix 4000, 700x25mm
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR ti
Seat post: Dogma
Gale Bernhardt, author, Olympic coach and nine time Leadville 100 finisher, is coming to Fort Collins on May the 12th through June 16th. Gale and a few familiar faces from Peloton Cycles will be on hand to help guide you through on trail skills and Technics for 6 Mondays. This will be the best investment you have ever made in your cycling. For less than a new helmet you can learn skills (and drills to master those skills) that will help you the rest of your life.
Price is $50 for all sessions!
1.Setting your bike up for your kind of riding.
2. Body position to keep you balanced, smooth and confident on the most difficult trails
3. Overcoming fears/barriers to your improvement (what good are your new skills if you are afraid/not confident to do them?)
4. Vision, How to look ahead correctly- Everyone one knows to look ahead but few actually do it! No matter how rough and rocky the trail you need to be looking ahead with both the trail and your goal in focus. This is easier said than done! We will teach you where and how to look ahead, how this effects your riding and how to improve your vision skills. (once mastered with our drills vision alone will make you quite a bit, smoother, faster and safer on the trail and the road)
5. Braking skills, learn when and how to brake for a smooth more in control ride (allowing you to go faster)
6. Cornering skills, from tricky off camber turns to smooth banked corners learn to get through the corners in balance, in control with exit speed (saving you energy! and time)
7. Descending skills, descend smoother, in balance with more confidence while using less energy (so you can go faster with less fear!)
8. Climbing skills, climb the most technical climbs in control, in balance and efficiently
9. Switchbacks, and slow speed balance (that helps in all of your riding)
10. Mental skills that help you perform at your best
11. Full Suspension, riding and set up.
Sign up today and start riding to your potential (and beating your friends)! This camp has limited spaces to ensure the optimal coach/rider ratio so sign up soon before the camp sells out.
What to expect :
Our goal is to teach you the core skills of mountain biking* and give you drills for each skill so you can continue to fine tune the skills long after the camp. With this goal in mind we have designed a structured 6 night Skills Progression to teach you the "core skills"* of mountain biking. In addition to these core mountain bike skills we teach the mental side of mountain biking throughout the camp to help you over come fear and barriers to improvement and get you riding confidently.
Each Monday we will start at 5:30 pm with 60-90 minutes of skills instruction, drills and on trail practice at (Spring Canyon). There will be mechanical support for safety checks, suspension tuning as well as general tech questions.
To sign up you can simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will collect the $50 at the first meeting. If you have questions please call, Robin 970-980-3207
On May 23rd and 24th the Cannondale Bicycles demo truck will be at proVelo from 10am to 5pm with a great selection of road and mountain bikes to take out for a spin. Maybe hop on the new MAX Transit bus to get to PV and take a Cannondale out for a ride. You won't regret it.
The kick off to the 2014 Folsom Fistfight series begins Saturday May 24th at Swobo HQ in Fort Collins, CO.
An evening of racing, chasing and getting rad to live music by Black Sunday Social and beer by New Belgium.
Bring yourself. Bring your sense of Adventure. Bring your kids if you want.
Stevil Kinevil of All Hail the Black Market is coming. Geno and Jen of One on One Bicycle Studio are coming. And...it's Jefe's birthday. What could go wrong?
More info on the Facebook Event page: http://on.fb.me/1kINlIW