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Setting the stage for more cycling focus in Springs

In the fall of 1990, my wife and I sat in Terry Sullivan’s office. Terry was the CEO of the Colorado Springs Visitors and Convention Bureau, and we were looking for support for our planned 1991 road bicycle stage race. Terry showed us a draft of the bureau’s mockup of the cover for their 1991… Continue Reading Setting the stage for more cycling focus in Springs

Although chain stores such as Costco, REI and Wal-Mart sell more bicycles than independent retailers, small locally owned stores have a larger market share when measured by sales dollars. Continue Reading Bike market at ‘tipping point’

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  Organizers of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge estimate that more than 1 million people will line Colorado roads this week to watch some of the world’s top cyclists.   The nearly 700-mile race starts Monday at 10 a.m. in Durango. Cyclists will ride through Mancos and Dolores, over Lizard Head Pass and end in… Continue Reading Over 1 million expected to watch Colo. bike race

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge planners  have announced that all three Tour de France podium placers are scheduled to compete in the  inaugural race, August 22-28. Also, the top American finisher, Tom Danielson will also compete along with two-time Giro d’Italia winner Ivan Basso of Italy. “The confirmed participation of the sport’s premiere athletes is a… Continue Reading Tour de France top 3 to compete in Pro Cycling Challenge

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Andy Bohlmann cancelled a Cycling Pro cross country mountain bike race this year because he couldn’t find enough business sponsors to back it. Continue Reading Rough terrain: Small sporting events struggle for sponsorships

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Quiznos race changes name, gets TV deal

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The Quiznos Pro Challenge bicycle race is getting a new name: the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, to go with a new TV deal. Quiznos will continue as a founding sponsor with the same level of participation. Organizers said they changed the name “in order to showcase the global scale of the event to a worldwide… Continue Reading Quiznos race changes name, gets TV deal

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Colorado investors Rick and Richard Schaden have  announced they are investing $10 million into the Quiznos Pro Challenge bike race, The Denver Post reports. The 20-year majority shareholders of Quiznos and founders of Denver’s Consumer Capital Partners said the investment ensures the race will have the financial backing to ensure it will “be around for… Continue Reading $10 million Quiznos-race investment meant to ensure longevity

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Though there are no Tour de France winners on the list, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has sanctioned five cyclists for doping in the past two months – an unusually high number for a single sport, and one that is expected to keep growing over the next several weeks. The recent surge has resulted from a… Continue Reading USADA cases add more layers to cycling’s troubles

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Worth the extra push: Quiznos Pro Challenge

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Earlier this month, Gov. Bill Ritter and famed cyclist Lance Armstrong took to the podium to announce that they had secured a deal to bring pro cycling back to Colorado after a 22-year hiatus. Cycling fans cheered. Tourism officials panicked. They panicked because the announcement came with a 55-page bid packet from Medalist Sports that… Continue Reading Worth the extra push: Quiznos Pro Challenge

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Pro cycling in Colo. Springs an unsure bet

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Colorado Springs is a mecca for cyclists but no one has stepped forward to lead the city’s bid to host a leg of the Quiznos Pro Challenge, an international cycling race set for next year. The city’s tourism bureau cannot assume that leadership role under the organizers’ rules. Without such leadership, the Springs could see… Continue Reading Pro cycling in Colo. Springs an unsure bet

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