USA Pro Challenge

USA Pro Challenge
12:29 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Inside the Peloton: The USA Pro Challenge from a Team Car

General Manager Ed Beamon at morning meeting for Champion System Pro Cycling team. August 20th, 2013.
Elise Thatcher

All week, the USA Pro Challenge has flashed across TV, computer, and mobile screens… thanks to a film crew on motorcycles. Now we bring you what it’s like to be, literally, in the middle of the peloton. On Stage 2 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher rode in a team car with the Champion System pro cycling team.

  

Every day, before a race begins, the Champion System team meets in their RV. A handful of cyclists sit quietly, suited up in racing jerseys, looking pensive. General Manager Ed Beamon lays out the strategy.

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Mountain Edition
3:46 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Mountain Edition - August 22, 2013

The USA Pro Challenge is making its way across the state. On Wednesday, crowds lined Rabbit Ears Pass as the cyclists made their way into Steamboat Springs.

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USA Pro Challenge
12:45 am
Thu August 22, 2013

How ARE Cyclists Tested for Doping, Anyway?

UCI Doping Control Officer David Miller points to one of the bottles that would hold an athlete's urine.
Elise Thatcher

Cycling is trying to prove it’s clean. The sport has had a public relations disaster as one after another rider has admitted to doping in years past... including icon and superstar Lance Armstrong. But organizers and younger athletes maintain the sport is far cleaner now, partly because of the kinds of tests used to catching athletes cheating. Aspen Public Radio took a look at what that actually involves.

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USA Pro Challenge
6:21 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Pro Cycling Challenge: Mixed Feelings from Aspen, Snowmass Business Community

The riders participating in the USA Pro Challenge race down part of the course in Monday's stage one event between Aspen and Snowmass Village.
Credit USA Pro Challenge

For two days this week, the upper Roaring Fork Valley played host to more than one hundred professional cyclists, their staffs and lots of fans. It was the third year the USA Pro Challenge brought this contingent through Aspen. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, the race’s economic impact is good and bad, depending on whom you talk to.

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USA Pro Challenge
12:59 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

USA Pro Challenge Updates from the Road

Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher is in car 8 in the moving convoy following the Champion System team. They're riding from Aspen to Breckenridge for Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge.
Credit Elise Thatcher

Today's Stage 2 of the  USA Pro Cycling Challenge takes riders over Independence Pass and over to Breckenridge. The riders will zoom through Buena Vista, Fairplay and Alma before they reach the finish line. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher is getting an insider's glimpse. She's riding in a team car for Team Champion System. She's been giving us updates from the road. Here she's passing through Twin Lakes...

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