Live Daily Coverage of USA Pro Cycling Challenge on NBC and Versus

Posted on 16. Aug, 2011 by in race, releases

The NBC Sports Group will provide live daily coverage of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a seven-day cycling event that features 135 of the world’s top riders. Coverage begins on VERSUS on Monday, August 22, at 4 p.m. ET, with the final stage set to air live on NBC on Sunday, August 28, at 2 p.m. ET. The 500-mile international pro-cycling race will originate from Colorado Springs and is expected to be the largest spectator event in Colorado history. VERSUS will provide live daily HD coverage of the prologue and first five stages of the competition and will air highlights of the stages each night at 11 p.m. ET.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will have some of the best riders in the sport of cycling participate in this event, including the entire 2011 Tour de France podium with winner Cadel Evans, runner-up Andy Schleck and third overall Frank Schleck. Also participating in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be several of America’s best riders, including America’s top finisher in this year’s Tour De France, Tom Danielson; his Garmin-Cervelo teammate Christian Vande Velde; three-time Amgen Tour of California winner Levi Leipheimer of Team Radioshack; HTC Highroad’s Tejay Van Garderen; and BMC Racing Team’s George Hincapie.

VERSUS will give cycling fans an up-close-and-personal glimpse into the daily lives of their favorite riders with a new 30-minute pre-race show prior to each day’s stage. The documentary-style shows, airing at 3:30 p.m. ET, will offer inside access to what goes on in and around the race. The network will also air a one-hour preview show the day before the race begins on Sunday, August 21, at 3:30 p.m. ET, featuring in-depth profiles of the race’s top riders, including Leipheimer, Evans, Danielson, Vande Velde and Van Garderen.

VERSUS’ telecast of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will incorporate all the elements of the Tour de France production, giving viewers the best cycling coverage possible with features such as: cameras on many of the team’s cars; a pointer feature which will easily identify and focus on one rider in the peloton; exclusive, in-depth profiles and features on teams and riders; and advanced on-screen statistics/biometrics to illustrate the intensity at which the riders are competing.

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the undisputed voices of cycling, will be on site in Colorado to provide commentary and insight for each day of the network’s coverage, with Bob Roll as the in-race reporter.

NBCSports.com will offer cycling fans up-to-the-minute news throughout the entire competition with daily standings and results, video recaps of each stage, exclusive fan videos and interviews from some of the best riders in the world. The website will also offer information leading into the USA Pro Cycling Challenge next week, including adding the clips from next Sunday’s preview show on VERSUS.

VERSUS and NBC’s live schedule for the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge follows (all times ET, subject to change):

Prologue: Monday, August 22 – Colorado Springs 4 p.m. VERSUS
Stage 1: Tuesday, August 23 – Salida to Crested Butte 4 p.m. VERSUS
Stage 2: Wednesday, August 24 – Gunnison-Aspen 4 p.m. VERSUS
Stage 3: Thursday, August 25 – Vail 4 p.m. VERSUS
Stage 4: Friday, August 26 – Avon to Steamboat Springs 4 p.m. VERSUS
Stage 5: Saturday, August 27 – Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge 4 p.m. VERSUS
Stage 6: Sunday, August 28 – Golden to Denver 2 p.m. NBC

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7 Responses to “Live Daily Coverage of USA Pro Cycling Challenge on NBC and Versus”

  1. Name stephen lee

    18. Aug, 2011

    Simple question, does anyone know how long the Versus coverage of the Pro-cycling challenge bike tour will last each day. I know it starts at 2:00 pm MT each day, what time does it end each day?

  2. lyne

    18. Aug, 2011

    The live show on versus seem to be 2 hours long, according to TV guide.

  3. Name Don Jackson

    24. Aug, 2011

    Coverage of this race on Versus is horrible. They cant hold a live signal lock and always have a lame excuse available. After all the hype for this race its very disappointing. They should just film the race and play in later if they cant handle the technicality of a live feed. Its a disservice to the sport. Im an avid rider and watch every minute of the TDF. This is an embarassment to Versus, NBC and US Pro cycling. Cant believe a new rider or casual fan would watch this for more than 10 minutes.

  4. Name Mhyra

    24. Aug, 2011

    You can’t tell me they can’t hold signal for 2 mins…..my god! embarassment!

  5. Rossta

    24. Aug, 2011

    Coverage is horible. I am about to give up on it, even painful to watch the DVR copy

  6. Rich

    28. Aug, 2011

    Yeah it was bad but its getting better.
    My complaint is why would they show the last stage on NBC? I don’t even get that channel! BOOOOO!!!

  7. Mrs. Gretch

    29. Aug, 2011

    It was a dismal disappointment to see the coverage on Versus. I can understand the technical difficulties in broadcasting from remote areas of the mountains, but their summary show at 11pm ET was no excuse! On the stage that went over Independence Pass, they had plenty of footage from earlier in the race that they could have used, yet they chose to broadcast the “filler” they had used when the signal quit? Why was that? And on the final stage, they had absolutely no coverage from the beginning of the race in Golden and Lookout Mountain, which would have been very interesting! There was too much filler in every broadcast. I was so looking forward to seeing my state, not the boring stuff they ended up showing!