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USA Pro Challenge speeds into Fort Collins

August 25, 2013

The world's top cyclists finish Stage 6 of the USA Pro Challenge in a tight race into Fort Collins.

Race draws thousands to Fort Collins

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College of Business Dean Ajay Menon and CSU President Tony Frank awarded the Best Young Rider's Jersey to Lachlan David Morton on Sunday.

The race drew in thousands of spectators from all over Colorado.

Colorado State University is a proud sponsor of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, also known as America's Race, an annual multi-day professional road cycling stage race that draws riders from across the globe.

Fort Collins hosted Stage 6 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.


Today, the USA Pro Challenge descended on Fort Collins, and the community received the best riders in the world for the conclusion of Stage 6 of the world-renown seven stage race.

Colorado State University is proud to be a founding sponsor of the USA Pro Challenge and to present the Best Young Riders Jersey throughout the event. The CSU Best Young Rider Jersey is awarded each day during the week-long, 683-mile race and recognizes a rising-star cyclist under the age of 23.

"America's race"

The USA Pro Challenge, dubbed America's Toughest Cycling Race, is an annual multi-day professional cycling stage race that has taken place in Colorado since 2011. In its third year in the state, the Pro Cycling Challenge has gained a reputation for testing the top riders in the world with Colorado's incredible elevation gain and race altitudes reaching more than 12,000 feet – and for rewarding athletes with the stunning Rocky Mountain scenery and more than 1 million fans onsite.

The USA Pro Challenge features teams from eight countries, including the top-three ranked teams from the 2012 Tour de France, and 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome. Coming off a time trail in Vail, riders were welcomed into Old Town Square, Fort Collins by tens of thousands of fans, for the culmination of Stage 6 – a stage well-known for its 1,200-foot elevation gain and recognized as a deciding factor in the entire week's competition. The Finish Festival in Old Town Square featured an awards ceremony for the winning riders and music, entertainment, vendors, local food and drinks for spectators.

With the notoriety of being the largest spectator event in Colorado history, the USA Pro Challenge brings world-class athletes to a city and a university that shares the same commitment to excellence. CSU is proud to be a founding partner of the USA Pro Challenge and to welcome the event to Fort Collins.