From the Aspen Times
ASPEN — When the world's best male cyclists grunt up and scream down Independence Pass near Aspen in August, camera crews will be in a much better position this year to catch the action, a top official with the U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge said this week.
Shawn Hunter, CEO of the event, said a lot of planning and money has been devoted to improving the quality of the television coverage of the 2012 race. A twin-engine, fixed-wing aircraft with a camera will follow the race this year, he said, and a second twin-engine airplane will be on standby in case the first experiences technical difficulties.
“If there are any difficulties, we can go to a second aircraft with a second camera,” Hunter said Tuesday.
Broadcast Schedule for the 2012 USA Pro Challenge:
(all times ET and subject to change)
Stage 1: Monday, August 20 – Durango to Telluride – 4 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
Stage 2: Tuesday, August 21 –Montrose to Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte – 4 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
Stage 3: Wednesday, August 22 – Gunnison to Aspen – 4 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
Stage 4: Thursday, August 23 – Aspen to Beaver Creek/Vail Village – 4 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
Stage 5: Friday, August 24–Breckenridge to Colorado Springs – 4 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
Stage 6: Saturday, August 25 – Golden to Boulder – 2-4 p.m. (NBC); 4-6 p.m. (NBC Sports Network)
Stage 7: Sunday, August 26 –Denver Individual Time Trial – 2-4 p.m. (NBC Sports Network); 4-6 p.m. (NBC)
Stage 6 Re-air: Monday, August 27 - 6-8 p.m. ET (Universal Sports)
Stage 7 Re-air: Tuesday, August 28 - 6-8 p.m. ET (Universal Sports)