USA Pro Challenge
The USA Pro Challenge brought the high adrenaline, high altitude thrills of pro cycling to Colorado for the fourth straight year this past summer. The grand finale in downtown Denver saw Tejay Van Garderen take the top spot in front of tens of thousands of fans.
The USA Pro Challenge (UPC) takes place each year in late summer. The UPC zooms through eight official host cities and, as with the previous four years, the finish line is in downtown Denver. 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.
NOTE: The race will include several downtown street closures and parking restrictions.
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 $9 at any of the 84 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 30-day ($15) or annual passes ($90) 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.
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, 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.