Loveland, Fort Collins to host Pro Challenge stage; Route won't include Big Thompson Canyon

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FORT COLLINS, Colorado — The USA Pro Challenge will return to northern Colorado in 2015, with Loveland and Fort Collins hosting the next-to-last stage of the bicycle race, organizers announced Monday.

The other host cities were unveiled earlier this month but organizers again asked fans to vote on where Stage 6 should be.

In Larimer County, some of the world's top cyclists will ride from Loveland to Fort Collins on Aug. 22, 2015 but the exact route won't be announced until the spring. Local organizing member Chris Johnson told the Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/1wBPVej) that it won't include the Big Thompson Canyon as it did when the area hosted the race in 2013.

In 2013, thousands of fans gathered in Fort Collins' Old town to watch sprinter Peter Sagan win the 115.2-mile stage. That year's route also included Estes Park and the rolling hills near Horsetooth Reservoir.

The region didn't try to host a stage this past summer because of the devastating September 2013 floods.

Johnson thinks organizers were impressed with the cooperation among area governments and its "off the charts volunteer support", among other things.

The race will start Aug. 17 with a circuit race in Steamboat Springs and end in Denver on Aug. 23. Along the way, riders will also pass through Aspen, Breckenridge and Golden.


Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com

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