USA Pro Challenge dies with departure of race chief Shawn Hunter

The peloton races into the Garden of the Gods during the first of four laps through the park for Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge Thursday, August 21, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette

The USA Pro Challenge is no more. 

Shawn Hunter, the driving force behind the wildly popular pro cycling stage race across Colorado, said Tuesday he is not pursuing the race for 2017. Hunter in February announced the race would not traverse Colorado this summer in what would have been its seventh year as he labored to build a new ownership structure and secure long-term investors.

“We are going to continue exploring opportunities in the sport and certainly opportunities here in Colorado when they arise,” Hunter said Tuesday. 

Another group, led by Colorado businessman and bike czar Ken Gart, is working on a new professional biking event for 2017. The format will be different from the week-long Pro Challenge, which lured the world’s top cyclists to race hundreds of miles across the Rocky Mountains.


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