The USA Pro Challenge recently announced the route for this year’s bicycling race, and as expected, Colorado Springs was not among the stage cities. KRCC’s Tucker Hampson reports.
The race provides an economic boost to all of Colorado, bringing in over $100 million statewide.
Director of Communications with the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau Chelsy Offutt says the event continues to grow, with a 12% increase in revenue last year. Offut says Colorado Springs did put in a bid to host the Pro Challenge this year, but didn’t make the cut.
“We have always understood that the race is meant to move locations and showcase the entire beauty of all of Colorado," says Offut, "so definitely we’re excited when we get the event, but we do understand that we are not going to get it every single year."
Colorado Springs was a stage city last year but not the year before. This year the race begins on August 17th in Steamboat Springs and finishes in Denver on the 23rd.