After the USA Pro Challenge determined most of the cities that would host stages for its 2015 race, it opened the final choices up to fan input before completing the list. Thousands of race fans provided opinions through the race’s website and Facebook, and the survey led to a list of more than 20 options for cities to host the beginning and end of the sixth and penultimate stage. As organizers sorted through the submissions, they realized that close to half of the votes called for a route in Northern Colorado.
In the end, the Challenge scheduled a return to two familiar cities. The sixth stage of the race, which will take place on August 22, will begin in Loveland and end in Fort Collins. The decision was made for a number of reasons, including the great cycling available in Northern Colorado and the opportunity to return to an area that experienced extensive flood damage in 2013. Race organizers hope that bringing the Challenge back to Northern Colorado will help the region continue its recovery.
Most of the other stages in the 2015 Challenge will take place in the mountains, with early stages occurring in and around ski towns like Breckenridge, Aspen, and Steamboat Springs. The final stage of the race, to be held the day after the Loveland-to-Fort Collins stage, will begin in Golden and end in Denver.