Why #Hashtags Matter

Throughout the USA Pro Cycling Challenge last week, the #hashtag confusion, along with the non-descript official event name, led to the creation of silly names to identify the race on twitter. Though meant to be harmless fun, it highlighted an underlying event identity issue which needs to be clear and easily recognizable. A muddled social…

Reactions – USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 6

After seven challenging days of racing through the Colorado Rockies, Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) was crowned the champion of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge in front of a monumental crowd estimated at 250,000 spectators, in downtown Denver. Behind Liquigas-Cannondale sprinted to their third stage win but this time it was Daniel Oss crossing the line…

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 6 – Preview

Stage 5 of USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Golden to Denver The final stage takes us along another highly anticipated route – the climb up and the descent down the treacherous Lookout Mountain, where the overall King of the Mountain winner will be decided. The riders will start under Golden’s famous “Howdy Folks” welcome arch, take…

Reactions – USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 5

Sprinter Elia Viviani of the Liquigas-Cannondale did it again at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Benefiting from a great leadout from his teammate Daniel Oss, Viviani won stage 5 in a mad bunch sprint besting Jaime Castaneda (UNE-EPM) for his second consecutive victory in Colorado. Oss held on for third. With strong support from his…

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 5 – Preview

Stage 5 of USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge The penultimate stage starts in Werner Mountain, where the cyclists will take off under the watchful eye of Steamboat’s primary ski hill. At only 11-miles into the stage, the double-summit Rabbit Ears Pass is the first opportunity for an attack and to get more…

Reactions – USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 4

Clear blue skies and remarkable crowds welcomed the riders to the finish in Steamboat Springs, as 22-year-old Elia Viviani received a strong leadout from his Liquigas-Cannondale teammate Daniel Oss to take the win. Michael Mørkøv (Saxo Bank SunGard) was second and Kenny Van Hummel (Skil-Shimano), third on stage 4 of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.…

Reactions – USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 2

At more than 130 miles, Stage 2, the epic Queen Stage of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge, tested the riders strength and endurance as they traveled to unheard of heights on the route from Gunnison, Colo., to Aspen. The route, which included three KOMs and two sprint competitions, provided majestic views and tough competition…

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 2 – Preview

Stage 2 of USA Pro Cycling Challenge from Gunnison to Aspen The Queen Stage is the crown jewel of the seven stages. The journey from Gunnison to Aspen will be the hardest, longest and highest of the race, summiting two 12,000-foot peaks in one day. Starting in Gunnison, the stage travels through Gunnison National Forest…

Reactions – USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 1

Timing his counter-attack perfectly on the final kicker – at high altitude – to the finish line, Levi Leipheimer (Radioshack) won stage 1 at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado. Leipheimer’s acceleration dropped everyone one giving a four second buffer on chaser Sergio Henao (Gobernacion Indeportes Antioquia). Franck Schleck (Leopard-Trek) took third, a further…

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 1 – Preview

Stage 1 of USA Pro Cycling Challenge from Salida to Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte With a start in Salida, Colorado’s cycling mecca and the race’s smallest start city, racers will take a circuit through downtown Salida before heading on their way on this 102-mile course to Mt. Crested Butte. The first KOM comes at 26.2…

USA Pro Cycling Challenge Route

The route is now known for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, the UCI 2.1 stage race held in Colorado  on August 22-28, 2011. For its inaugural edition, the race starts off with a prologue, then adds a mountain-top finish, two 12,000-foot peaks – Independence Pass and Cottonwood Pass – in one stage, an uphill time…

10 Teams Named For Quiznos Pro Challenge

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),…