Colorado Cycling Denver Podcasts Telluride The Rockies: Colorado Cycling Denver Podcasts Telluride The Rockies
“It’s one of the most exciting events in the world. You get a chance to see some of the world’s best athletes—certainly in cycling. You get to do it in beautiful places like Telluride, Vail and Aspen. The best part is it’s free,” says Shawn Hunter, CEO of USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Listen to more of what Shawn says about this exciting event that’s taking place in Colorado August 20-26 by clicking on the play button below.
Shawn provided me with an excellent interview for my Travel Fun radio show that aired in Telluride this week. In it, he talks about how this great family event drew over one million spectators last year, its first year of existence. This year promises to be even more spectacular with a super challenging route that begins in Durango and ends in Denver. Cyclists will be averaging 120 miles a day as they reach elevations as high as 12,000 feet (easily doubling some of the highest peaks of Europe). You can watch from pass-thru communities, mountain tops or at the start and finishes where you’ll find lots of animation from big screen TVs (which track the racers throughout the stage) to podium ceremonies. There will be all kinds of fun—just pick your spot.
Keep in mind that the starts offer the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the best cyclists in the world, most fresh off the Olympics and the Tour de France. Good news: Shawn says there will be minimal road closures, so you should be able to travel around and easily catch a few stages of this great happening.
You can also tune in to watch thirty-one hours of coverage throughout the week on NBC Sports and on the weekend on NBC. The same production team and talent—the true voices of cycling, Paul Sherwen, Phil Liggett and Bob Roll—will be covering this grand tour through one of the most beautiful states of the U.S. Festivities kick off next weekend in Durango with a Citizens Ride and then spectators can enjoy seven days of fun and competition throughout the state. You can also download a free Radio Shack Tour Tracker which allows you to follow the race from any mobile device.
Click on the play button below to hear much more from Shawn Hunter, CEO of USA Pro Cycling Challenge.