USA Pro Challenge

USPCC Stage 4 Results

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Very insightful commentary by Gavin, Kiel and Timmy about how Stage 4 went down today.

Stage 4 of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge kicked off this morning in Aspen and took the riders 97.2 miles back over Independence Pass before ending in front of massive crowds lining the uphill finish in Beaver Creek. Please see below and attached for full results.

Tomorrow, Stage 5 will start in returning host city Breckenridge at 10:50 a.m. and end in Colorado Springs, last year’s overall start city.

Team Kitchen - Garmin's Rolling Gourmet Unit

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Tom's dinner menu before his stage 3 victory

Team kitchen, a rolling Garmin Gourmet unit, is being operated by Barb Grealish, who is one of the few Gluten free tour chefs on the road. While the video below is not from this years USPCC, you get an idea of what they do. To learn more about how they roll, check out argyleteamkitchen.wordpress.com/ Here is a snippet

Chef Barb pulled into Crested Butte after an almost 3 hour transfer from Telluride. The final 1/2 mile was probably the hardest because all of team buses and event staff got stuck in the same line as the spectators and didn’t move. The volunteers were doing an excessive fantastic job stopping traffic! We all finally pulled into the other lane and went forward. That is very stressful when you are trying to beat the race and get all the pre-prep ready.

USPCC Stage #2 Results

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Stage 2 of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge started in Montrose, a new host city for the race, and took the riders 99 miles to the uphill finish in Mt. Crested Butte. Please see below and attached for full results.

Tomorrow, the race will start in Gunnison at 10:10 a.m. and will travel 130.6 miles to Aspen.

Stage 2 Results

· First Place – Tejay Van Garderen (USA) of BMC Racing Team

What you need to know for Stage 6

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Saturday is going to be extremely fun and bike centric, but to keep your fun level up and frustration level down watch the video below explaining some of the "need to knows" like parking (but who will be driving). 303Cycling will be in downtown Boulder (15th and Pearl) announcing next to a giant JumboTran as we interview the Mayor and talk to Michael Aisner while he is out on course. We will also be at the CandyShop on 15th street. As mentioned in the video USAPro Boulder has created an interactive website yet at the time of posting this map does not seem to be operating correctly. Also know, to get onto Flagstaff you will need a wristband, learn how you can get a Flagstaff wristband and for those not going to Flagstaff, here are time estimates of when they will be where on stage 6. While this should not need be stated, be mindful of the racers on course, this is not the Basque region, you do not need think you are living like a euro. We can rise above this.

Inside Boulder News - USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Interactive Map from Boulder, Colorado on Vimeo.

Flagstaff Mountain Wristbands Available at Select Pick-Up Locations and at Flagstaff Access Points on Race Day for the Stage 6 Finish of the USA Pro Challenge

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Boulder, Colo. (August 21, 2012) – The 2012 USA Pro Challenge is off to an exciting start, and the City of Boulder is gearing up to host the Stage 6 finish on Aug. 25 with a thrilling finish on Boulder’s Flagstaff Mountain.

On race day, spectators wishing to watch the Stage on Flagstaff Mountain will be required to acknowledge the “Code of Conduct” for access to the mountain, and a wristband reflects that acknowledgment. FREE Tyvek wristbands will be available on race day at the three access points to Flagstaff: 1) on Baseline Road at the base of Flagstaff by Gregory Canyon; 2) the View Point Trailhead; and 3) Realization Point by the entrance to the amphitheatre finish.

Additionally, advance commemorative silicone wristbands (which also provide access) can be picked up at select locations around Boulder for a $5 donation to be used for Flagstaff-related expenses.

Will Flagstaff Finish live up to its Expectation?

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How influential will Flag Finish have

So how influential will this finish be to the race? Do you believe the winner will really be crowned on Saturday with Sunday remaining as a victory lap around Denver? Take our poll on how the finish impact the overall results of the race.

Tom Danielson weighs in on the selection of Flagstaff finish in Stage 6

Flagstaff hill climb is arguably one of the best climbs that really show cases beauty and athleticism of the bike loving town of Boulder. Denver can piggy back off of Golden's Lookout Mtn Climb which was on the route of the USPCC last year and a place where some of the craziest fans where. As Boulder was left out of the tour last year the induction of Flagstaff to the route this year might make Lookout's stage seem like a lame party. But Boulder has had to fight for it, fans are required to get wristbands if they want to be on Flagstaff, this is in effort to prevent too many from flocking to the hills. Boulder has also had to push back on Open Space "museum" packers and try to have stage finish moved or legally challenged. USAToday picked up the legal battle

But in May, a group of activists led by former town coucilman Steve Pomerance challenged the plan. Pomerance, who said he has ridden his bicycle up Flagstaff hundreds of times, reminded the council that the final mile-long segment of road to the amphitheater technically was on open space. According to Boulder's town charter, which was written in the mid-1980s, only non-competitive activities such as hiking and biking are allowed on the protected land.

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