The much-anticipated USA Pro Challenge started with a bang on Monday. The stage was expected to be something of a warm-up for the high altitude cycling race, which continues through Sunday. But that all changed when a Boulder-based team, Garmin Sharp Barracuda decided to take charge.
The upcoming USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be passing through many areas of the San Juan National Forest and various camping and viewing opportunities for the public are listed on their website. Specific information is available at www.fs.usda.gov/sanjuan and the Durango office at 970-247-4874 and the Dolores Public Lands office at 970-882-7296.
The elite professional roster of teams, which includes 126 riders from 24 countries, is comprised of six teams that competed in the Tour de France, five Pro Continental teams and five Continental teams. Following is the preliminary complete list of riders that will be competing in the 2012 USA Pro Challenge.
Denver (Aug. 8, 2012) – Marking one of the best fields ever assembled on American soil for a professional cycling race, the provisionary team rosters* for the 2012 USA Pro Challenge have been confirmed. Taking place August 20-26, the race will travel through 12 host cities, taking riders and fans on a scenic tour through the Colorado Rockies. Emphasizing the competitive level of the field, the race will include six of the top 13 finishers from this year’s Tour de France –
Durango, CO– On the heels of the Tour de France and the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, the 2012 USA Pro Challenge takes center stage from August 20 - 26, 2012. Durango, Colorado is the overall start of “America’s Race” that features 16 of the world’s best professional cycling teams, including Cadel Evans and Levi Leipheimer. Beginning August 16, Durango will celebrate the Overall Start with events, festivals and activities for cyclists, families and visitors.Durango2012.comhas a complete listing of the local events.
Santana's 36th album is dedicated to Native American Indians and features 13 mostly original songs he has been saving for a special release. Only one song, the Latin-flavored "Eres La Luz," features vocals (singers Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay). The remaining instrumental tracks showcase Santana's virtuoso guitar playing in a beautifully arranged and carefully paced album.