The fifth annual USA Pro Challenge will return to Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 2015. Top cyclists from around the world will race through nine host cities from August 17 to August 23 with the Bike Town USA® Stage as the Overall Start in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat is set to host a circuit race on Aug. 17 and the start of the Steamboat to Arapahoe Basin stage on Aug. 18. Festivities will begin Friday, August 14.
The Men’s and Women’s 2015 races are now listed:
Experience the start of this epic race
Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 17 – Steamboat Springs Circuit Race
Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin
Pro Challenge Weekend Schedule
Saturday August 15
7:30am Go Ride Steamboat Ski Resort Base Area
Open to all ages, Go Ride Steamboat is a fantastic way to experience the course the pros will be riding! Participants can choose to ride one of two distances – 25 or 52 miles of gorgeous roads and finish under the official Pro Challenge truss
5:00pm Team Presentations-Howelsen Hill
Open to the public, high-five your favorite riders and hang-out with Phil and Paul during the Opening Ceremonies and Teams Presentation of the USA Pro Challenge.
Following the Teams Presentation Free Concert, The Jeff Austin Band-Howelsen Hill
The 2015 Free Summer Concert Series goes out with style in the final show featuring the Jeff Austin Band at Howelsen Hill Amphitheater.
Sunday August 16
12:00pm Festival Opens on Yampa Avenue
It’s time to celebrate at the Pro Challenge Festival! Enjoy food, drinks, vendors, live entertainment, and a special kid zone!
12:00-2:00pm Loose Change on the Festival Stage
Bring your dancing shoes down to Yampa Street and get down to the sounds of Steamboat’s premier dance band Loose Change!
2:00-4:00pm Bike Polo – Festival
Polo is thought to be the oldest team sport known to man, dating from the days when Persian warriors first rode horses into battle. Bicycle polo evolved a bit later, having had to wait for some clever chap to invent the modern bicycle.
3:30-4:00pm NBC Sports Phil Liggett & Paul Sherwen- Race Preview & Q&A on Festival Stage
4:30-6:00pm Throwdown on the Festival Stage
Get ready to rock with Steamboat’s top classic rock cover band!
6:00pm Festival closes
Enjoy a cocktail, dinner and the sunset from one of downtown Steamboat’s many delightful restaurants and bars.
Monday August 17
8:30-9:30am Yoga on Yampa
Come and practice yoga outside on Yampa Street at 7th Street as part of the USA Pro Challenge Festival. Teachers from the Yoga Center of Steamboat will teach an all levels class. No prior experience of yoga is necessary. Bring a towel or a mat and dress in layers. Limited number of mats will be available for use. Water and snacks will be provided. $10 suggested donation.
10:30am Festival opens on Yampa
It’s race day in Bike Town USA! Come enjoy the festivities as we kick off the USA Pro Challenge in true Steamboat Springs style! Enjoy food, drinks, vendors, live entertainment, and a special kid zone!
11:00am Maxxis Stunt Show – Festival
11:25am Start Ceremonies begin on Lincoln Avenue
You won’t want to miss a second of the race start on Lincoln action!
11:40am Official Start of the USA Pro Challenge
The pros will start out Stage 1 with two parade laps in downtown Steamboat Springs before heading out on the first of two circuit laps before finishing on Lincoln Ave. at 6th St.
12:00pm Strider Races on Lincoln Ave
Come cheer on the next generation of athletes!
1:00-2:00pm The Crane Wives on the Festival Stage
The Crane Wives are a home grown indie-folk outfit from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They utilize three-part vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation, and a passion for song-craft to create organic music that is both accessible and innovative.
2:15pm Dave and Brad live on Festival Stage
2:30pm Maxxis Stunt Show - Festival
3:45 Race Finish
Will Steamboat Springs be treated to another classic sprint finish or will the challenges of Routt County create an opportunity for a surprise first yellow jersey of 2015?
4:00pm Awards on Festival Stage
5:00pm Festival Closes
Relish the long summer light and explore the many restaurants, galleries, and shops in downtown Steamboat Springs.
Tuesday August 18
9:30am Start Village opens at the Steamboat Ski Resort Base Area
10:40am Start Ceremonies Begin
10:55 Race Starts
Wish the athletes farewell and good luck as they leave Bike Town USA and race to Arapahoe Basin.
11:25 Festival Closes
After the excitement of the Pro Challenge overall start there is no better place to relax than Steamboat Springs! Hike, bike or take the gondola to the top of Mt.Werner to savor the breathtaking views of the Yampa Valley, wet a line in the river or soak in one of the natural hot springs.
Want to volunteer? Here's your chance to be involved!
Sign up ASAP to get the best volunteer jobs, including close-up views and interactoin with the world's best cyclists.
Fillout the online registratoin form and select the Steamboat stages. When you click submit you will be automatically directed to our local Volunteer Spot site, where you can pick the exact job, time slot and course location that you want.