2012 - USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race Experience Announced for Amateurs

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race Experience in Partnership with Carmichael Training Systems Introduced for 2012 Race

DENVER (Jan. 17, 2012) – Fans of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will have the opportunity to experience the race like the pros through the Carmichael Training Systems’ (CTS) USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race Experience. Through an exclusive partnership between CTS and the USA Pro Challenge, a privileged few amateur riders will be selected for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride every stage of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge as a team, just hours before the professionals. These lucky amateurs will eat, sleep and live like professional cyclists for all seven days of the race, August 20-26, 2012. Retired professional cyclist and CTS Founder Chris Carmichael will be leading the selection process and riding with the team during the event.

Participants of the CTS USA Pro Challenge Race Experience will work together as a cohesive unit, borrowing tactics and strategies from the pros. In a serious point-to-point effort, the riders will have to push themselves to stay ahead of the fast-approaching pro peloton.

“With the altitude and the length of the climbs in Colorado, this promises to be the hardest Race Experience to date,” commented Carmichael. “The USA Pro Cycling Challenge has been instrumental in helping us create a truly unique experience for devoted amateur cyclists. It’s an insider’s view of what it’s like to live and work as a professional cyclist.”

“We were so impressed by the number of people that came out to watch the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge that we wanted to create even more experiences for our devoted fans in 2012,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. “The CTS USA Pro Challenge Race Experience gives amateur cyclists the unique opportunity to see first-hand what the professional riders go through for their love of the sport.”

Included with the CTS USA Pro Challenge Race Experience is access to the VIP tent in each finish city, accommodations, meals, amenities and post-race massages, just like the pros. The cost of this exclusive race experience is $10,500 and applications are currently being accepted from riders who believe they can successfully complete this challenge. Interested athletes can visit www.trainright.com/upcc-2012 to apply for the CTS USA Pro Challenge Race Experience team. There is no cost to apply, but riders must be at least 18 years old to participate, and applications must be completed by Feb. 29, 2012. For information on this and other official USA Pro Cycling Challenge travel packages, visit www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/travel-packages.

About the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure – more than two miles in elevation. One of the largest cycling events in United States history, the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will feature the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery.

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take place August 20-26, 2012, a week proclaimed by Governor John Hickenlooper as “Colorado Cycling Holiday”, and travel through 12 host cities from Durango to Denver. More than 1 million spectators are expected to once again line the route to see if Levi Leipheimer will defend his title as reigning champion, while millions more around the world watch the race live on television and online through the Tour Tracker.

More information can be found online at www.USAProCyclingChallenge.com and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.

About CTS
Founded by Olympian, US Olympic Committee Coach of the Year, and bestselling author, Chris Carmichael in 2000, Carmichael Training Systems (CTS) inspires and empowers the athlete in EVERY BODY to perform at their best. The company offers personal coaching, training camps, and performance testing services to athletes of all ability levels. CTS is the Official Coaching Partner of Ironman and Ironman 70.3. For more information on CTS, visit www.trainright.com.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race Experience is one event in “Chris Carmichael’s Epic Endurance Bucket List” (http://www.trainright.com/bucketlist). Others events on the list include the Leadville 100 and the La Ruta de los Conquistadores. These epic events target the adventurous endurance athlete and feature various packages of CTS coaching, camps and race support. “There’s a hunger out there for big challenges,” commented Carmichael. “The demand is there as well. Over the past two years we’ve filled every one of the Epic Endurance Bucket List packages in days.”

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You're missing a few points.

You're missing a few points. If I understand what's offered in the package, they're not so much 'racing' as a team, but experiencing the ride as a team would. Everything from meals, lodging, ride support, having your gear transported from town to town, and most likely VIP access at the stage finishes is a far cry from you just going out and riding the route before the race. Have you priced tours in Europe? You can pay lots of $$ ride to a spot alongside the race route and watch the peloton ride by, but I don't think anyone is doing full race route rides. Yeah, Carmichael is charging more than I would pay, and frankly I don't see the appeal of riding ahead of the race. I'd rather watch the race someplace like Independence Pass than to wait for the finish in Aspen. But, some folks may prefer riding the entire stage route. YMMV. Good for them if that's what they want to spend their (key word: their) money on.

Totally agree. I find it

Totally agree. I find it hilarious all the bit**ing about a guy that is just trying to run a business--seems to me he has a pretty good business plan that is actually good for himself and Colorado. It's a win win. I would venture to say most locals aren't doing the CTS Pro Challenge thing nor his Leadville camp so my guess is he's bringing in outside money to the state--how can that be a bad thing?

Also, Chris was a driving force to make the Pro Challenge prologue a success down here in the 'Springs--I'm pretty sure that without him the Jenkins would never have ponied up the $$ and without them its doubtful the prologue would've happened. It's no surprise to me that the Pro Challenge folks would embrace his business model.

Folks this is who capitalism works if you don't like it you could always move elsewhere--I hear Cuba is nice this time of year.

so it's basically ....

a team time trial against the pro peloton.....

will work together as a cohesive unit, borrowing tactics and strategies from the pros. In a serious point-to-point effort, the riders will have to push themselves to stay ahead of the fast-approaching pro peloton.

I think it's kinda cool idea.... if I pay the 10,500 can I pick the team of local riders...

Yes. $94,500 for a team of


$94,500 for a team of 9.

If I had the dough I'd do it.

And I'm confident I could put together a team of local riders that could hold off the pro's

Here's my dream team....

Dirk Friel
Dean Haas
Greg Krause
Jon Tarkinton
Keith Harper
Kevin Nicol
Nico Toutehould
Russell Harding
Tucker Olander