Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 4, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Veloso wins Portugal stage, Vinhas keeps lead; Carpenter rides break to Utah win; Astana wins Vuelta a Burgos TTT; In her own words: Armitstead explains whereabouts case; Doping control officer: It’s right that Armitstead was cleared in her whereabouts case; Vincenzo Nibali confirms leadership of Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team; The difference one year makes: Peter Stetina’s incredible comeback; Caleb Ewan extends with ORICA-BikeExchange; USA Pro Challenge will not return in 2017; Wiggins talks frankly about doping, Armstrong; A lesson to learn: Silber’s approaching cycling the right way; Adam Phelan’s Video Diary: A guide among the chaos; Brain Injuries in Mountain Biking – Are we Doing Enough?; Former Pakistani Olympic cyclist reduced to rickshaw driver; Getting Team Canada dressed for Rio; Getting vehicles dressed for a race

USA Pro Challenge will not return in 2017

by CyclingTips

Even though officials said the race was only on a year hiatus as they sought out new funding sources, news reports now say the USA Pro Challenge (2.HC) set in Colorado will not return in 2017. Shawn Hunter, the leader behind the race, said that work to find a group of sponsors did not pan out.

The podium presentation brought the streets to complete capacity with spectators.

The podium presentation brought the streets to complete capacity with spectators.

“We are going to continue exploring opportunities in the sport and certainly opportunities here in Colorado when they arise,” Hunter said Tuesday afternoon. “But all the elements were not there for us to put it together for 2017.”

The race was initially funded by the Schaden family, a father-son investment team that run fast-food restaurant franchising businesses. It was reported they put $20 million (€17.9 millon, £15 million) into the race, though each year it came closer to breaking even as it attracted bigger name sponsors like Lexus and Pepsi. However, it never had a title sponsor like the Amgen Tour of California or Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, which continue to run.

Despite the race ending, another group is trying to organise a Colorado event for the future, possibly in 2017. Colorado businessman and chairman of the board of Denver Bike Sharing, Ken Gart, is working on a new professional event for 2017, though the format will be reportedly different from the week-long stage race.

“Thanks to the hard work and vision of Shawn Hunter, the Pro Challenge became an important asset to our state’s economy and international profile — one that we shouldn’t lose,” Gart said in a statement. “That’s why I’m working with a group of community leaders to keep professional bike racing here in Colorado. We are pursuing a new cycling event that we feel can continue to fill that role while also growing our state’s unique bike culture. We hope to have news to share publicly soon.”

Click through to read more at the Denver Post.