No USA Pro Challenge in 2016 |

No USA Pro Challenge in 2016

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post
Cyclists head down Mill Street toward Hopkins Avenue in Aspen Thursday morning during the start of Stage 4 in the USA Pro Challenge.
Lauren Glendenning/The Aspen Times |

The USA Pro Challenge will not happen this year.

Organizers of the race, which would have counted 2016 as its sixth year hosting the world’s top cyclists pedaling across the state, need more time to establish a new ownership structure and secure long-term investors. Pushing the race to 2017 gives organizers more time to enlist national sponsors and potentially add new Pro Challenge races across the country.

“What we don’t want to do it put a Band-Aid on this. We are going to take a pause and focus,” said Shawn Hunter, the longtime chief of the race. “Unless we can pull this off in a manner like we have for the last five years, we think the prudent thing is to hold off and launch in 2017.”

Since October, Hunter has led a volunteer team in a search for community and national sponsors for the high profile race.

The USA Pro Challenge’s founders, restaurant chain owners Rick and Richard Schaden, relinquished control of the race in late September, providing Hunter a chance to build a new ownership model not based on a single family.

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