USA Pro Challenge
The USA Pro Challenge brought the high adrenaline, high altitude thrills of pro cycling to Colorado for the third straight year in the summer of 2013. The grand finale in downtown Denver saw Tejay Van Garderen take the top spot in front of tens of thousands of fans.
The 2014 USA Pro Challenge (UPC) takes place August 18-24. The UPC zooms through eight official host cities and, as with the previous three years, the finish line is in downtown Denver on August 24. Beginning in Boulder, the final stage will travel through Golden and conclude with three thrilling laps around the Colorado State Capitol. A free festival with an awards ceremony and food trucks will follow in Civic Center Park.
DENVER: A Cycling Paradise
Denver boasts 850 miles of paved, off-road trails that bikers enjoy all summer long. You don't even need to bring your bike. Denver B-cycle, the city's pioneering bike share program, offers an easy way to get around on two wheels. Purchase a daily pass for $8 at any of the 83 B-cycle stations located throughout the city, near museums, attractions and hotels. Once a pass is purchased, you can pick up one of the 800 B-cycles from any station and drop it off at any other station. All rides of 30 minutes or less are free and rides up to one hour are only a dollar, with prices going up from there. Users can also sign up for 7-day ($20), 30-day ($30) or annual passes ($80) online.
What To Do While You're Here
Denver is the perfect home base for your USA Pro Challenge experience, blending urban sophistication with outdoor adventure.
Catch a concert under the stars at the legendary Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, a truly one-of-a-kind venue.
Discover the wonders of an long-ago civilization at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science’s Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, the largest-ever exhibition about the ancient Maya to be shown in the USA, on view through August 24.
Get up-close-and-personal with gigantic Asian bull elephants at the Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage, or journey through thousands of years of creativity at the Denver Art Museum.
Go on a shopping spree in the Cherry Creek Shopping District, home to your favorite name-brand stores and unique boutiques.
Get a taste of farm-fresh cuisine for a bargain price at a neighborhood bistro during Denver Restaurant Week, August 23-29, or sample The Mile High City’s thriving beer scene at dozens of craft breweries.
And just a short drive away, Denver’s big backyard – the Rocky Mountain Front Range – delivers natural beauty, outdoor adventure, old west history, and one of National Geographic’s top places in the world to visit, Rocky Mountain National Park.