Cycling’s Pro Challenge In Colorado: Who To Follow, Where To Watch

August 5, 2015
Photo: USA Pro Challenge in Aspen
Spectators watch riders climb a hill during the opening stage of the USA Pro Challenge bike race in Aspen, Colo. Monday Aug.18, 2014. The seven-stage race through the Colorado mountains finishes in Denver on Aug. 24.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge has announced the 16 male teams and 12 female team competing in the 2015 edition of the race in Colorado. The news also makes for a starting gun for cycling super-fans. With racers and routes set, fans can follow along on social media and plan to watch from the sidelines.  

Where to watch

The male riders in the fifth Pro Challenge race will start in Steamboat Springs on Aug. 17 and end in Denver six days later. Racers will also ride through Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Pass and Copper Mountain. The basic times and places are below You can read even more about the routes here.

  • Stage 1 – Steamboat Springs Circuit – Monday, Aug. 17, 2015 
  • Stage 2 – Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin – Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015
  • Stage 3 – Copper Mountain to Aspen – Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
  • Stage 4 – Aspen to Breckenridge – Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015
  • Stage 5 – Breckenridge Time Trial – Friday, Aug. 21, 2015
  • Stage 6 – Loveland to Fort Collins – Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015
  • Stage 7 – Golden to Denver – Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015

The Pro Challenge has added a women's race for the first time this year:

  • Stage 1 – Breckenridge Time Trial – Aug. 21, 2015
  • Stage 2 – Loveland to Ft. Collins – Aug. 22, 2015
  • Stage 3 – Golden Finish – Aug. 23, 2015

Who to follow on social media

We combed through the teams and racers with U.S. and Colorado connections to see who would be posting status updates. Here's what we've found. Watch for updates.

USA Pro ChallengeFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

Men's Teams

Women's Teams

Male Racers

  • Kiel ReijnenTwitter. Leader of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling, one of the top teams in the Americas. Reijnen won the opening stage of last year's Pro Cycling Challenge.
  • Gregory DanielTwitter. Leader of the Axeon Cycling Team. Daniel lives in Golden, Colo.
  • Matthew Busche:  Twitter. Current U.S. Champion. Busche will race with Trek Factory Racing for the Pro Cycling Challenge.
  • Haimar ZubeldiaTwitterA four-time Tour de France top 10 finisher, Zubeldia will race with Trek Factory Racing for the Pro Challenge.
  • Davide Formolo: Twitter. A stage winner at this year's Tour of Italy. Formolo will race with the Denver-based Cannondale-Garmin team. 
  • Ruben Zepuntke: TwitterThird-place finisher in last year's Tour of Alberta. Zepuntke will race with the Denver-based Cannondale-Garmin team.
  • Janier Acevedo: Twitter. Third-place finisher in the 2013 Amgen Tour of California. Acevedo will race with the Denver-based Cannondale-Garmin team.
  • Rohan Dennis: Twitter. A BMC racer won Stage 1 of this year's Tour de France. 
  • Taylor Phinney: Twitter. Winner of last year's Amgen Tour of California. The Pro Challenge will mark his second race since breaking his leg last season. Phinney lives in Boulder, Colo. 
  • Edward Beltran: Twitter. An exceptional Colombian climber for Tinkoff-Saxo.
  • Damiano Caruso: Twitter. A top-10 finisher in this year's Tour of Italy.
  • Roman Kreuziger: TwitterA two-time Top 10 finisher in the Tour de France for Tinkoff-Saxo.
  • Julian Arredondo: Twitter. One of a trio of Colombian racers feared for their strength high altitudes.​​

Female Racers

Watch for updates to this page.