USA Pro Cycling Challenge Sparks Festival Plans
by Watch Staff
May 31, 2012 | 1334 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TELLURIDE – Telluride will host the Aug. 20 finish of the opening stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, with a daylong festival now in the organizational stages.

Riders will depart from Durango, cross Lizard Head Pass at 10,222 feet and descend into Telluride, entering via the roundabout onto Colorado Ave, then heading north on Townsend St., east on Columbia Ave., south on Willow St., and back onto Colorado Ave. for a westward sprint to the finish line at the San Miguel County Courthouse.

The Telluride Peloton Local Organizing Committee is now looking for volunteers to join its Telluride Peloton “powerhouse pack” to implement plans for the daylong event. Course marshals, medical escorts, security, VIP/ guest services, media office liaisons, hospitality, economic impact survey takers, volunteer check-in teams and more are needed.

The Monday, Aug. 20 event will feature a free festival with food, drink, vendors and live music in Town Park from 11 a.m. -6 p.m., with downtown activities prior to the the racers’ arrival.

With television broadcasts in more than 160 countries and worldwide coverage estimated at more than 3 billion impressions, the Pro Cycling Challenge offers exposure for Telluride as a destination. For more information, visit, a resource for updated event information, FAQs, local and visitor information, and for online bidding on VIP packages offering access to exclusive events, a car ride in the official race tour caravan, autographed leader’s jersey and award presenter opportunities. Route maps, festival and activity details will be posted as they become available. 

“I think the community is thrilled to be playing host to the US Pro Challenge,” said Telluride Tourism Board CEO and LOC Chairman Michael Martelon. “Between Telluride and Mountain Village, we have an exceptional collection of experienced volunteers.  Both towns are well-practiced at delivering world-class events, and we look forward to showing why this destination ranks among the best on the planet.”
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