The route will start in a city familiar to Pro Challenge fans. In 2011, Aspen hosted a finish and in 2012, the town hosted a finish and start. In 2013, Aspen is even more involved with an Aspen/Snowmass circuit for Stage 1 and a start in Stage 2.
The next host city is also a repeat from the first two years. The Town of Breckenridge hosted a finish in 2011 and a start in 2012. In 2013, Breckenridge will host both a start and finish.
Steamboat Springs, aka "Bike Town USA" hosted a start and finish in theinauguralPro Challenge. They submitted a bid for 2012 but were not chosen. Organizers weren't deterred, however, and tried again for 2013. They were rewarded for their efforts, and will host both a start and finish in 2013.
One of thehighlights from the 2012 race were three mountain top finishes, one atop Beaver Creek ski resort. While the route hasn't been announced, this finish will likely be repeated in 2013 for Stage 4.
A fan favorite of theinauguralroute in 2011 was the Vail Individual Time Trial. This event will take place again for Stage 5 on Friday, August 23rd.
There are two brand new cities joining the mix in 2013: Loveland and Fort Collins. Northern Colorado organizers made a statement with their bid submission, biking it in from Loveland to Pro Challenge headquarters in Denver. Creativity has benefits. Northern Colorado will host Stage 6.
Stage 7 will continue the tradition of wrapping up the event in the state's capital. Denver will host acircuitevent, giving fans the chance to stay in one spot and see the pros at least 5 times.
2013 Stage City Hosts
Monday, August 19th: Aspen/Snowmass Circuit
Tuesday, August 20th: Aspen - Breckenridge
Wednesday, August 21st: Breckenridge - Steamboat
Thursday, August 22nd: Steamboat - Beaver Creek
Friday, August 23rd: Vail Individual Time Trial
Saturday, August 24th: Loveland - Fort Collins
Sunday, August 25th: Denver Circuit