USA Pro Cycling Challenge earns upgrade

From VeloNews

BOULDER, Colo. (VN) – The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will return with an upgrade in 2012 after the UCI last week awarded the event 2.HC status. The second-year Colorado race will upgrade to the highest registration level short of the World Tour and will run August 20-26.

“This is an exciting day for our race,” said CEO and co-chairman Shawn Hunter. “We are grateful for the UCI’s support as well as their confidence in our long-term potential in the world of professional cycling.”

Hunter told VeloNews after the race’s final stage in August that the 2.HC upgrade was his first focus. Hunter hosted UCI president Pat McQuaid for the entire week of the inaugural race, save the final day in Denver. McQuaid said at the time that the race was important to the UCI’s mission of globalization and that he had met with race organizers to discuss the event’s future.

“From the UCI perspective, it’s an important race,” said McQuaid. “You have no (Greg) LeMond, no Lance Armstrong, and yet you have bigger crowds than any race in the U.S.”

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