August 14, 2013
Pactimo will be rooting for the Jelly Belly p/b Kenda Cycling Team
Pactimo is especially excited that Jelly Belly received an invitation to participate in this years’ race, having been the team’s custom clothing partner since 2010. The team jersey is derived from the Jelly Belly Candy Company, which has been the sponsor since 1999, making Jelly Belly the longest running domestic cycling sponsor.
The 2013 Pro Challenge proves to be a grueling seven day, 683-mile test of endurance.
Kicking off August 19th in Aspen, the race will wind through the Rocky Mountains and beautiful Colorado scenery and conclude in Denver on August 25th.
Pro Challenge CEO Shawn Hunter says the race will be unlike any other. “You’ve got the ingredients,” said Hunter speaking about the race. “They love the people here in Colorado. The riders have told me the only race in the world with bigger crowds than ours is in France.”
This year’s race has attracted some remarkable international participation, including Team Sky, the top ranked cycling team in the world. Team Sky brings along with them Chris Froome, the reigning Tour de France champion. It is the second time in the brief three year history of the race that a Tour de France champion has participated. The Pro Challenge actually marks the first time that Froome will race on U.S. soil.
The rest of field is made up of the 16 best international and domestic teams.
“It’s the most challenging race, we think, in the world,” said Hunter. “We’ve had three years in a row of the best field to race on American soil ever, and I think this is our best.”
Adding to the excitement is the fact that the elevation of the Rocky Mountains makes the Pro Challenge the highest race in the world. As a comparison, the highest point of the Tour de France measures in at around 6,300 feet. The start of the race in Aspen sits at 7,900 feet and only goes higher as riders make their climb to a finish in Breckenridge. The highest points for the Pro Challenge will be above 12,000 feet.
By all accounts, Stage 5 in Vail, an all uphill time trial, should be the most difficult. “It’s the race of truth, man, against clock so these guys don’t know where they are against their competitors,” said Hunter.
The complete list of stages for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge:
- Stage 1: Aspen/Snowmass (Circuit)
- Stage 2: Aspen – Breckenridge
- Stage 3: Breckenridge – Steamboat Springs
- Stage 4: Streamboat Springs – Beaver Creek
- Stage 5: Vail (Time Trial)
- Stage 6: Loveland – Fort Collins
- Stage 7: Denver (Circuit)
The complete list of teams competing in the 2013 USA Pro Challenge includes:
- BMC Racing Team (USA) @BMCProTeam
- Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA) @cannondalePro
- RadioShack Leopard Trek (LUX) @RSLT
- Sky Procycling (GBR) @TeamSky
- Team Argos-Shimano (NED) @1t4i
- Team Garmin-Sharp (USA) @Ride_Argyle
- Team Saxo-Tinkoff (DEN) @TeamSaxoTinkoff
UCI Professional Continental Teams
- Champion System Pro Cycling Team (CHN) @TeamChampionSys
- UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA) @UHCprocycling
- Team Novo Nordisk (USA) @TeamNovoNordisk
- COLOMBIA (COL) @Col_Coldeportes
UCI Continental Teams
- Bissell Pro Cycling (USA) @BissellCycling
- Bontrager Cycling Team (USA) @BontragerCT
- Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) @OPTUMpbKBS
- Jelly Belly p/b Kenda (USA) @JellyBellyTeam
- Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home (USA) @TeamJamisHB
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