Stage 2

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Stage Begins
Tues Aug 19th 11:10 AM
Distance
105 Miles
Total Climb
Estimated Finish
3:45 PM MT
Defending Champion Tejay van Garderen Proves He’s King of the Mountains in Queen Stage of 2014 USA Pro Challenge
Fans Lined the Mountain Roads to Cheer van Garderen to Victory Under Sunny Colorado Skies Monarch Mountain, Colo. (Aug. 20, 2014) – In a race fit for royals, Tejay van Garderen (USA)...
Team Garmin-Sharp’s Alex Howes Takes Overall Lead in 2014 USA Pro Challenge
Robin Carpenter of Hincapie Sportswear Development Team Conquers Challenging Day of Racing for the Stage Win Crested Butte, Colo. (Aug. 19, 2014) – Stage 2 of 2014 USA Pro Challenge ...
Colorado Resident Kiel Reijnen Takes Stage 1 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge
Crowds of Cheering Fans Lined the Streets of Downtown Aspen to Greet the Best Riders in the World Aspen, Colo. (Aug. 18, 2014) – Set against the beautiful backdrop of Aspen and Snowmass, the...
When American Cyclists Took on the World
Hang around a group of experienced cyclists discussing the USA Pro Challenge, and sooner or later—probably sooner—they’ll bring up the Coors Classic.
Host City Highlight: Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek is set to host the Stage 4 mountain finish of the USA Pro Challenge Aug. 23. The intimate village setting nestled at the foot of the mountain’s formidable slopes combines a grand...
Hat Trick
Serious contenders for this year's Amgen Tour of California overall, including 2011 winner Chris Horner, long suspected that the race would come down to the time trial in Bakersfield and the...

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Stage 2: Aspen to Crested Butte – Tuesday, Aug. 19

Each year the USA Pro Challenge searches for ways to include more of Colorado’s deep cycling history. Last year it was the climb up Bachelor Gulch and this time around it will be the unpredictable Kebler Pass. Stage 2 opens fast by ripping down the Aspen Valley through the sprint cities of Basalt and Carbondale before tackling the 8,700 ft. McClure Pass. A short descent brings the race to Gunnison County road 12, which is a 20-mile rollercoaster that constantly changes from pavement to dirt and back again, while topping out at 9,900 ft. over Kebler Pass. A technical descent into Crested Butte brings the race back to familiar terrain. As in 2011 and 2012, the race will finish up with a sprint through downtown Crested Butte and the steep finish climb up to Mt. Crested Butte.

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Lead out

Sprinting technique often used by the leadout man where the rider will accelerate to maximum speed close to the sprint point with a teammate, the sprinter, drafting behind, hoping to create space between the sprinter and the pack. When the leadout man is exhausted he will move to the side to allow his teammate to race in the sprint.