USA Pro Challenge-COS Stage 5 Local Organizing Committee has announced a week of pedaling and playing leading up to the stage finish on Friday, August 24th. Mark the calendar for August 18-25 to attend a “Fun Ride” with USA Cycling, nightly rally rides, a criterium on the Stage 5 circuit, arts and entertainment events, and a Stage 5 after-party at Acacia Park. Visit RideStage5.com or see details below.
Events and Details:
“Fun Ride” with USA Cycling: USA Cycling will host the Pro Challenge “Fun Ride” on Saturday, August 18 at 8:30 AM. Cycling fans will be able to experience a portion of the Pro Challenge course as part of a 20-mile ride throughout Colorado Springs, starting and finishing at the USA Cycling headquarters. Lunch will follow the ride. Visit USA Cycling to register.
Rally Week Rides: Join with cyclists from across Colorado Springs for free, nightly rides starting Monday, August 20 finishing with a huge community ride Saturday, August 25. Come for your chance to win Skybox passes to the Stage 5 finish, two trips to Las Vegas, a New Belgium Fat Tire cruiser bike, and more! All rides start at 6:00 PM at America the Beautiful Park and end at a different downtown destination each night. Bike valet will be available.
|Monday, Aug. 20||Fun Ride with Colo. Springs Cycling Club||Destination: Old Chicago|
|Tuesday, Aug. 21||Family Ride with Kids on Bikes-and-Road Ride with Pro Cycling||Destination: CityROCK|
|Wednesday, Aug. 22||Cruiser Joy Ride with Upadowna||Destination: McCabe’s Tavern|
|Thursday, Aug. 23||Ladies Mountain Ride with Women’s Mountain Bike Association||Destination: The Mining Exchange Hotel|
|Saturday, Aug. 25||Community Ride||Destination: Blondie’s|
Race Day Events (Friday, Aug. 24):
|9:00 AM to 10:30 AM||SRM VIP Ride with pro cyclist Mario Cipollini||Ride through Garden of the Gods and Downtown||$500||Registration through USA Cycling||Elite VIP experience with pro cyclist: package includes two VIP tickets on race day and a jersey|
|10:45 AM to 2:00 PM||Ride Stage 5 Criterium||Downtown Circuit||$25||Registration through USA Cycling||Competitive and fun categories (men’s, women’s, citizen’s, and fun ride)|
|11:00 AM to 6:00 PM||Finish Festival||Festival Area Downtown||Free||Open Event||Live music with Funkiphino and Martini Shot, beer garden, kids zone, expo and food vendors, big screen live coverage, BMX demo, Mobile Music Project|
|5:00 PM to 6:00 PM||Not-So-Pro Challenge: Adult Trike Races||Finish Line on Tejon Street||Free||Exclusive to Bar Teams|
|6:00 PM to 10:00 PM||Stage 5 Afterparty: Live Music, Drink Specials, and Fire works||Acacia Park and Downtown Establishments||Free||Open Event||Martini Shot at Acacia Park 6-9 pm, Funkiphino at The Mansion 7-10 pm, Fireworks 9:30-10 pm from parking garage at Kiowa and Nevada|
Nikki McComsey (Executive Director, Kids on Bikes, and Ancillary Events Chair, USA Pro Challenge): “Although it is an honor to watch world-class athletes pedal into the Springs, the events team has been working hard to leverage the influence of the race to launch a week of entertainment. Our events calendar offers something for everyone and we hope to see our community—whether you bike or not—embrace the USA Pro Challenge. This is a community wide celebration”