Next Summer's US Pro Cycling Challenge Will Pass Thorough the Western San Juans
Dec 08, 2011 | 2574 views | 3 3 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Denver Post on Thursday afternoon reported that Telluride and either Ouray or Montrose will be host cities for next summer’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

The first stage of the seven-day race will start in Durango on Aug. 20 and end in Telluride. The next stage will start in either Ouray or Montrose and will end in Mt. Crested Butte.

(Denver television station 9News reported that the race's second stage will begin in Montrose, and did not mention Ouray.)

The report in the Post is unofficial and cites “several sources, speaking on condition of anonymity.” Race organizers will make an official announcement on Tuesday.

The Pro Cycling Tour will be in only its second year in Colorado. Last year it was estimated to generate over $80 million in economic impact.

The good news could extend to the summer of 2013. According to the Post, at least six of this year’s dozen host cities will again host stages next year.

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December 09, 2011
RFP: while I agree it is potentially good news and I'm not sure of the specifics of what might need to be approved, it's possible the Town of Telluride might be required to "ante up" a certain amount of funding and/or commitments for lodging as part of being a host city.

I haven't been following it closely enough, so I don't know if this aspect has already been approved or if it would still need to be considered? If so, I would suggest to pass the hat among the private business players in the area who would stand to directly vs. subsidizing the efforts via taxpayer dollars - even in light of a probable decent return on investment ... since the economic redistribution would surely not be correspond in equivalence to how those tax dollars were funded in the first place. If I'm not mistake, either Steamboat or Aspen spent upwards of $80k directly.
December 11, 2011
Good morning Mr. Face on Mars-I see and agree with what you are saying. Unfortunately, taxes never correspond directly with one's interest. More importantly, government regulations never correspond with anyone's interest...lets look at council required approval for Neil Young...why this bunch cant worry about the roads or the heroin in town is beyond me. Yet they meddle here and there, everywhere. Everywhere except known municipal functions.

Always good to read your comments.
December 09, 2011
This is great news!

I hope City Council approves! Which begs the question is why we would need approval from this bunch. Can we get approval too, Steve? Will it hurt your pocketbook?

And Ron, do you mind if we camp out on the roadside cheering on our favorite rider or team? Are you going to buy an inholding and then bore us to death with pleadings about victimhood?

My point is that all these nabobs of negativism are really private routes to profit sanctioned by government...lets cast off these people and government and enjoy the day!

Ski Bear Creek! Neil Young Forever!