5 more teams were announced for the The Quiznos Pro Challenge today: Leopard Trek (Luxembourg), UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA), Team Type 1-sanofi aventis (USA), Skil-Shimano (Netherlands) and Team Spidertech Powered By C10 (Canada).
These teams will join the 5 previously announced squads: Team RadioShack (USA), HTC-Highroad (USA), Team Garmin-Cervélo (USA), BMC Racing Team (USA), and Liquigas-Cannondale (Italy) at the starting line in August.
10 teams announced so far, including 6 Pro Teams, with six teams still be named for grand total of 16 teams or 128 riders. One could assume, or hope in my case, that the six remaining spots will go to UCI Continental teams that race day in and day out in North America. Two rules come into play as to which teams can participate in a UCI event.
The race is rated as a UCI 2.1 which means that a maximum of 50% of the teams can be Pro Teams - 8 in this case so in theory 2 more Pro Teams could be invited.
Another rule might come into play as far as the teams still to be named, rule 2.1.007 bis, which specifies that the 3 UCI Continental teams leading the UCI America Tour must be invited, which in this case means South American teams. Interestingly however, the “leaked” teams for the Amgen Tour of California did not include any of the UCI Continental teams that won the America Tour. Were these teams not interested, invited and declined or were they not invited?
Rule 2.1.007 bis
The organiser of a class 2 event in the Europe Tour or any events in the America, Asia, Africa or Oceania Tours must invite:
- the first 3 UCI continental teams in the classification by team for the relevant continental circuit published in the year of the event. This classification is elaborated on the basis of an assessment of the sporting value of the continental teams registered by the UCI administration. This classification will be used for all the invitations for that season.
The organiser must accept entries from above mentioned teams who have responded positively to an invitation.
Race. Over 7 days, the riders will endure the highest elevations in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, up to 12,000 feet of altitude over nearly 600 miles. At 12,000 feet, every breath brings in only two-thirds of the oxygen compared tp sea level. If that isn’t enough the temperature needs to be factored in as well. Air temperature drops about 3.5 degrees for every 1000 feet of elevation gain, so at 12,000 feet, temperatures are nearly 40 degrees lower than at sea level.
The inaugural 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge is expected to be the largest spectator event ever held in Colorado.
After a rocky start, the event seems to be back on track with veterans named at the helm followed by an influx of money. Shawn Hunter was appointed as co-chairman to the race back in February. Hunter has a deep background in sports management and marketing as the former president and chief executive officer of Deportivo Chivas professional Soccer Club, after holding the position of chief marketing officer and president of AEG Sports. And former senior vice president of operations at Quiznos, Brian Farris, was named as chief operating officer.
Then, the DenverPost announced that majority shareholders of Quiznos and founders of Denver’s Consumer Capital Partners, Rick and Richard Schaden, were investing $10 million in the race.
The Quiznos Pro Challenge Stages
- Monday, August 22nd: Prologue – Colorado Springs
- Tuesday, August 23rd: Stage 1 – Salida to Crested Butte/Mt Crested Butte
- Wednesday, August 24th: Stage 2 – Gunnison to Aspen
- Thursday, August 25th: Stage 3 – Vail (Individual Time Trial)
- Friday, August 26th: Stage 4 – Avon to Steamboat Springs
- Saturday, August 27th: Stage 5 – Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge
- Sunday, August 28th: Stage 6 – Golden to Denver