Known for lung-searing altitudes and intense climbs through the Colorado Rockies, the race is the largest spectator event in the history of the state.
The 2015 USA Pro Challenge (UPC) took place August 17-23. The UPC zoomed through eight official host cities and, as with the previous four years, the finish line was in downtown Denver on August 23. Beginning in Steamboat Springs, the final stage traveled through Golden and concluded with three thrilling laps around the Colorado State Capitol.
DENVER: A CYCLING PARADISE
Denver boasts 85 miles of paved bike trails that cyclists enjoy all summer long. See our list of bike trails for a few ideas. 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 $9 at any of the 85 B-cycle stations located throughout the city, near museums, attractions and hotels. Once a pass is purchased, you can pick up one of the 700 B-cycles from any station and drop it off at any other station.
WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU'RE HERE
Denver is the perfect home base for your USA Pro Challenge experience, blending urban fun with outdoor adventure.
Catch a concert under the stars at the legendary Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, a truly one-of-a-kind venue.
The city is crawling with great bike shops. A few where you can talk shop with the pros: Denver Bicycle Cafe, Elevation Cycles, TriBella, Velosoul Cyclery or The Mindful Bike.
Grab a pint of 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.