Stage 6

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Strategy
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Stage Begins
Sat Aug 23rd 1:05 PM
Distance
10 Miles
Total Climb
Estimated Finish
TBD
Lexus Joins the Field for the USA Pro Challenge, Becoming the Official Vehicle Through 2015
Luxury Automaker to Award Race Winner with Three-Year Vehicle Lease Denver (July 31, 2014) – This August, as the best cyclists in the world compete in the largest professional race in the U.S., they...
Sixteen World-Class Professional Cycling Teams Confirmed to Participate in 2014 USA Pro Challenge
Denver (July 21, 2014) – Taking place August 18-24, 2014, the 2014 USA Pro Challenge will feature 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams. Led by UCI ProTeams BMC Racing Team, Cannondale Pro...
Volunteer Opportunities Give Fans the Chance to Get Involved with the USA Pro Challenge Professional Cycling Race August 18-24
DENVER (June 10, 2014) – The USA Pro Challenge is seeking volunteers for the professional cycling race, which will travel through some of Colorado’s most scenic regions August 18-24. Cycling fans and...
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...

2014 Host Cities

The Host Cities are Set! The fans have spoken, and Stage 7 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge will take riders from Boulder through Golden and over Lookout Mountain, finishing with three circuits around Downtown Denver.

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Stage 6: Vail Individual Time Trial – Saturday, Aug.  23

Last year the USA Pro Challenge visited Vail, and the time trial was decided by four seconds. In three visits to the Vail individual time trial course, this was the largest margin of victory. Competition will be equally fierce this time around, but the names may change a bit. The course’s roots are in Colorado racing lore and trace back to the Coors Classic. Starting in Vail and climbing most of the way up Vail Pass the route is no easy proposition, even for the best riders on earth. The gentle grades of the first half of the course give way to a steady climb for the last three miles. It takes more than legs on this strategic course though; go too hard early and the climb may kill your chances, but conserve too much for the climb and the leaderboard may be out of reach. 

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Peloton

(from French, literally meaning little ball or platoon and also related to the English word pellet) is the large main group in a road bicycle race. May also be called the field, bunch, or pack. Riders in a group save energy by riding close (drafting or slipstreaming) near and, particularly behind, other riders. The reduction in drag is dramatic; in the middle of a well-developed group it can be as much as 40%.