Test your legs on the same terrain pros are racing

The Tour de France is in full swing, and if you’ve always wanted to test yourself on the same terrain as the pros, you’ll get your chance in August. 

On Sunday Aug. 19, the Pro Challenge Experience Presented By UnitedHealthcare will give recreational and competitive cyclists the opportunity to challenge themselves against some of the most difficult and scenic terrain in the world, starting in downtown Durango, Colo. Utilizing portions of the USA Pro Challenge Stage 1 route, the Pro Challenge Experience will give people the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride like a pro. Featuring two distances, this historic bike ride and festival is open to cyclists of all ages.

With two distances available – 45 miles and 72 miles – riders can select the option that is best suited for their ability. Both starting at 7 a.m. MT, the routes begin in downtown Durango with a loop of the USA Pro Challenge official start. 

The cost to participate in the Pro Challenge Experience is $65 and includes an exclusive commemorative shirt. Spots for the event are limited and can be reserved at www.prochallenge.com/register. Upon registering, participants will have the option to raise funds for America’s Road Home, a nonprofit organization focused on ending family homelessness, and Trails2000, a nonprofit that builds and maintains trails, while educating users and encouraging connectivity.

The USA Pro Challenge, one of the world’s most prestigious professional cycling races, will take place Aug. 20-26. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure as they ascend over three mountain passes, each exceeding 12,000 ft. in elevation. After attracting more than 1 million spectators in 2011, making it one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history, the USA Pro Challenge is back with a challenging, 683-mile course with more than 42,000 ft. of vertical climbing.

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