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SBD/August 28, 2012/Events and Attractions
USA Pro Cycling Challenge Sees Lower Attendance, But Still A Success In Colorado
Published August 28, 2012
NUMBERS NOT ADDING UP: In Colorado Springs, Van Dyne & Ramsey wrote "discussing -- and arguing -- about crowd estimates is one of the constant sidelights of the USA Pro Challenge.” Some say the estimates “are inflated” while some say they “are deflated.” Hunter said that estimating a crowd is “a little bit art and a little bit science." Van Dyne & Ramsey noted Hunter Saturday “sat in a car for the entire 102.8-mile route” and saw spectators “along the entire route” (Colorado Springs GAZETTE, 8/26). In Boulder, Amy Bounds notes city officials "think only about a third of the spectators expected to converge on Flagstaff Mountain for the finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge's sixth stage actually showed up.” While organizers “were instructed to limit the number of people on Flagstaff to 30,000, city officials estimate about 10,000 people gathered” (Boulder DAILY CAMERA, 8/28).
ENTHUSIASM REIGNS: A DENVER POST editorial is written under the header, “Second-Year Success For USA Pro Challenge.” The editorial states, “Certainly there are logistical lessons to be learned from this year's effort. We wonder if there is a way to accommodate camping on Independence Pass or larger crowds on Flagstaff, for example. But those are minor points that belie the momentum the race has built in just two years” (DENVER POST, 8/28). In Colorado, Kathryn Turner writes even if USA Pro Challenge enthusiasts “didn't stay all weekend, or even all day for that matter, the event was still invaluable for the exposure it brings the area.” Breckenridge Resort Managers President Toby Babich said that the race “exposes the town to visitors on a national and international level” (SUMMIT DAILY NEWS, 8/28).
LOOKING TO NEXT YEAR: In Colorado, David Young wrote in the wake of the '12 race, Northern Colorado cities are “preparing to ramp up [a] fundraising effort to fund a 2013 bid.” NoCo Cycling Funds has “raised $235,000 out of $500,000 to date for a bid.” Bid committee member Jay Hardy said money pledged by Ft. Collins, Loveland and Estes Park "is contingent on respective city councils approval of funds marked for the race.” The communities are “working together creating a bid that features the region as a race destination” (COLORADOAN.com, 8/27).