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More TV coverage for USA Pro Challenge

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
The rest of the field in the USA Pro Challenge will be chasing Aspen's Tejay Van Garderen and the BMC team this week in the fourth annual bicycle stage race across Colorado. Van Garderen is the reigning champion. The 2014 USA Pro Challenge starts at 2 p.m. today with the Aspen/Snowmass Circuit Race.
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Watching the race?

There are a multitude of locations around the Aspen and Snowmass Village areas where cycling fans will take in today’s Aspen/Snowmass Circuit Race.

Racing will begin at 2 p.m. in the three-lap, 61-mile opening stage of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge.

Many will gather along Power Plant Road to watch a fast, short descent and a fast, short climb.

Others will line Owl Creek Road en route to Snowmass.

Others will take in the race from places like Cozy Point Ranch and the W/J hill.

McLain Flats and Cemetery Lane will draw crowds as will Smuggler Avenue through the West End.

Downtown, of course, is a particularly popular viewing location, bolstered by the giant video screens that show the entirety of the race.

Plus, fans will turn to their televisions, mobile devices and smart phones for the most coverage ever of the USA Pro Challenge,

“We will have a record amount of (TV) coverage here in the United States,” USA Pro Challenge CEO Shawn Hunter said at Sunday’s press conference. He said the international feeds will reach 180 countries this year.

There will be nearly 30 hours of coverage from the NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports Network. There also is daily live streaming on Tour Tracker.

Live daily television coverage will start at 3 p.m. today (Aspen time) on NBC Sports Network

The final stage Sunday will air live on both NBC and NBC

The 2014 USA Pro Challenge also will feature a nightly post-race show on Universal Sports Network at 8 p.m. Aspen time, beginning today.

In addition, NBCSN will present an encore presentation of the nightly post-race show for the first three stages of the race.

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, will call the races in Colorado. They will be joined by analyst Christian Vande Velde and reporter Steve Schlanger.

Vande Velde won the USA Pro Challenge in 2012, edging Tejay van Garderen in a back-and-forth weeklong battle.

For the final two stages of the race, correspondent Steve Porino will offer updates on race situations from a motorcycle on the course.

On Tuesday, when the racers start in Aspen at 11 a.m. and eventually finish at Mount Crested Butte, TV coverage will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Network.

The same schedule will hold for Wednesday’s stage from Gunnison to Monarch Mountain.

The same time schedule will apply for the Colorado Springs Circuit Race on Thursday, the Woodland Park to Breckenridge stage on Friday and the Vail Individual Time Trial on Saturday.

The final stage — Boulder to Denver — will be televised from noon to 2 p.m. (Aspen time) on Sunday.

Aspen’s Tejay van Garderen of BMC is the defending individual champion in the USA Pro Challenge.

The BMC team is the reigning team champion.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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