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Winter Park’s hopes dashed for Pro Cycling host city

Sky Hi News Staff

In a late night decision on Dec. 8, USA Pro Cycling Challenge officials announced the 12 host cities that will serve as starts and finishes for the second annual stage race.

Winter Park, which had submitted a bid, was not chosen.

The seven-day race will run from Aug. 20-26, 2012.

Host cities and stages of the 2012 USA Pro Challenge include:

• Monday, Aug. 20, Stage 1, Durango – Telluride

• Tuesday, Aug. 21, Stage 2, Montrose -Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte

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• Wednesday, Aug. 22, Stage 3, Gunnison-Aspen

• Thursday, Aug. 23, Stage 4, Aspen-Beaver Creek/Vail Valley

• Friday, Aug. 24, Stage 5, Breckenridge – Colorado Springs

• Saturday, Aug. 25, Stage 6, Golden-Boulder

• Sunday, Aug. 26, Stage 7, Denver time trial

“By incorporating iconic cycling cities like Boulder and Durango in our second-year race we will further build the virtual postcard for the state of Colorado that we established in our inaugural year,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge.

A number of criteria were taken into consideration when evaluating potential host cities, including full city services support. The race also considered commitments in the areas of lodging, volunteer recruitment, marketing and local tourism, as well as an ability to host world-class athletes and promote the state of Colorado.

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