Colorado Pro Tours
Cannondale US PRO Challenge:
Stage One: Basalt Stage (August 22): Welcome to Aspen. It’s time to ride! Enjoy a 40-mile spin to Basalt and back, which will give you a chance to stretch out your legs and acclimate to the thing air of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. This is your first chance to get to know one of the many stellar roads and climbs that wind around Aspen. Need some pointers? Get a few from six-time US cyclocross champion Tim Johnson. As you try to hang onto his wheel, it’s the perfect time to pick up a few pointers form the master himself. You’ll be climbing like a national champion before you know it.
We’ll leave plenty of time to enjoy the exciting atmosphere of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge’s stage ending in Aspen this afternoon. Here we will watch for members of the Liquigas-Cannondale pro cycling team as the peloton tears by us in our exclusive roadside seats in the Aspen race village. After the race, we’ll have a chance to grab a drink and enjoy the atmosphere before heading over to the race hotel for a meet and greet with the Liquigas-Cannondale riders prior to dinner.
Then, we’ll grab a few beers with Tim and enjoy a fantastic dinner in town. Aspen is going to be a hot spot tonight.
Meals: Light Lunch / Dinner
Mileage: 40 miles / 65km
Climbing: 1411+ feet / 430m
Hotel: Little Nell
Stage Two: Independence Pass (August 23) Today offers even more in depth behind the scenes access to the pros as the riders prepare for an epic battle ahead. Watch Vincenzo Nibali and Ted King warm up for today’s start in the staging area and ask the Liquigas-Cannondale chef what Ivan Basso likes for breakfast before the riders roll to the line.
The riders aren’t the only stars we’ll get to meet today, though. We’ll also have the privilege of being one of the first to ride the all-new line of 2013 Cannondale bikes. With the epic climbing to come, you’ll be happy to be riding the best bikes in the world.
After we choose our rides for the day, Tim Johnson will lead us as we follow the racecourse up the iconic Independence Pass. It is just over a 22-mile climb from Aspen, a long grind to the top at a 4.7% grade. And it demands every red blood cell you have to reach the summit at 12,095 feet. The rewards of doing one of the most mythic climbs in Colorado: Extraordinary views and, frankly, the right to say, “I did it.” Descend by the same route to Aspen and celebrate with more local beer before an excellent dinner at our hotel, The Little Nell.
Meals: : Breakfast, Dinner
Mileage: 47 miles / 76km
Climbing: 3923 feet / 1196m
Hotel: Little Nell
Stage Three: Maroon Creek Road (August 24) This morning we’ll tackle the classic Maroon Creek Road, a winding ride through the backcountry that rises 1,542 feet over 10 miles at an average 3% grade. It’s enough to sting, but not too much. Plus the views are spectacular and it will give you a chance to leave Aspen behind in exchange for some quiet mountain roads. End the day with one last drink with your guides and Tim before you depart for your next adventure.
Mileage: Mileage: 20 miles / 33km
Climbing: 1542ft / 470m