For seven consecutive days, the world's top athletes race through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they've ever had to endure more than two miles in elevation. One of the largest cycling events in United States history, the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will feature the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of America's most beautiful scenery.
Referred to as "America's Race," the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take place August 20-26, 2012, a week proclaimed by Governor John Hickenlooper as "Colorado Cycling Holiday," and travel through 12 host cities from Durango to Denver. More than 1 million spectators are expected to once again line the route to see if Levi Leipheimer will defend his title as reigning champion, while millions more around the world watch the race live on television and online through the Tour Tracker.
Located just 65 miles south of I-70, Montrose is in the heart of southwest Colorado and serves as a base camp for all kinds of exploration and adventure this corner of Colorado offers. A short 11 miles away is the dynamic Black Canyon National Park. The Black Canyon offers year round recreation and is filled with promises at every turn.
From its thriving art, rich culture and charming downtown to a deep history that still infuses the air with Old West flavor, this multi-faceted town serves up layer upon layer of discoveries, each more unique than the last. Whether you're looking to come face to face with the humbling power of nature or simply want to get a away for a relaxing weekend, take a deeper look at Montrose.
Also in Montrose is the area's largest regional airport. With daily flights to Denver and direct flights to Atlanta, Los Angeles, Newark, Chicago, Dallas and Houston (offered seasonally) access to Montrose is made easy.
"On behalf of Montrose, Colorado I want to express how excited and honored we are to be chosen as a participating community in the USA Pro Cycle Challenge. This is an important opportunity for our city, as well as the surrounding region, to show-off our beautiful location and the hospitality of our citizens. We are looking forward to doing our part to make this a successful event and demonstrate our appreciation for selecting Montrose for the day 2 starting location."
-Kathy Ellis, Mayor of Montrose