News – RCJ Head for the USA


After a great weekend in Ryedale, Rapha Condor JLT have been invited to USA Pro Challenge, a challenging seven day stage race with many of the worlds top teams in August

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News – RCJ Head for the USA

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Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24 only weeks before the Tour of Britain, a crucial warm up event for the men in black. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top riders race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in US history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge continues to set records in professional cycling by taking the riders to unprecedented elevations.


The USA Pro Challenge will feature 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams. Led by UCI ProTeams BMC Racing Team, Cannondale Pro Cycling, Team Garmin-Sharp, Tinkoff-Saxo and Trek Factory Racing, the race will include some of the top talent in the sport. Taking riders on a heart-pounding journey through the Colorado Rockies, the seven-day stage race will travel 550 miles from Aspen to Denver, making stops in cities known for their cycling culture and history such as Vail and Boulder.

“We consistently get such an overwhelmingly positive response from the teams that participate in the Pro Challenge each year,” said Rick Schaden, owner of the USA Pro Challenge. “The race continues to build momentum year after year and we’ll look to build on that in 2014 by welcoming back some veteran teams and introducing some new ones to the challenging terrain and beautiful scenery of Colorado.”

Featuring teams hailing from six countries, the USA Pro Challenge will test riders by taking them to unprecedented elevations. “We’ve had huge success in the Pro Challenge the past three years and we’re looking forward to returning for a fourth,” said Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, Slipstream Sports and Team Garmin-Sharp. “As a Colorado-based team, this is a race we look forward to all year and the riders always bring their a-game. Last year Lachlan Morton won the Best
Young Rider competition and Tom Danielson got third overall, so we have high goals for the race and we will give fans plenty of reasons to cheer.”

UCI ProTeams
BMC Racing Team (USA) @BMCProTeam
Cannondale Pro Cycling (ITA) @cannondalePro
Team Garmin-Sharp (USA) @Ride_Argyle
Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS) @tinkoff_saxo
Trek Factory Racing (USA) @TrekFactory

UCI Professional Continental Teams
Drapac Professional Cycling (AUS) @DrapacCycling
Team NetApp – Endura (GER) @NetAppEndura
Team Novo Nordisk (USA) @TeamNovoNordisk
UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA) @UHCprocycling

UCI Continental Teams
Bissell Development Team (USA) @BissellDT
Hincapie Sportswear Development Team (USA) @HincapieDevo
Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home (USA) @TeamJamisHB
Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis (USA) @JellyBellyTeam
Optum Presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA) @OPTUMpbKBS
Rapha Condor JLT (GBR) @raphacondorjlt
Team SmartStop (USA) @TeamSmartStop

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