Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge 2012
Update: On Aug 1, 2012 the Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge announced that Stage 1 and Stage 2 would be cancelled due to lack of funding. The August 22 criterium will continue prior to the arrival of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Top professional female cyclists will convene in Aspen once again August 20 -22 for the Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge.
A three stage race, the Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge will showcase the talent of these elite women of cycling as they take on the elevation and altitude of the Colorado mountains.
- Aug 20 Stage 1: 9 mile uphill Prologue Time Trial from Aspen Highlands to Maroon Bells- - update: this stage has been cancelled
- Aug 21 Stage 2: 35 mile circuit race around Snowmass - update: this stage has been cancelled
- Aug 22 Stage 3: Criterium in downtown Aspen
Last year’s inaugural race attracted 38 of the nation’s top teams and riders, with an exciting finish as thousands of spectators watched the women speed through the streets of downtown Aspen. The overall 2011 winner was Kristin Armstrong.
The race was created by 2002 & 2009 Women’s National Champion, Jessica Phillips Van Garderen, who has been highly praised for her efforts and organization of the 2011 race. Phillips Van Garderen is also serving as organizer and promoter of the 2012 race.
What’s new for 2012?
A new title sponsor: Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Restaurants signed on to be the title sponsor of the 2012 Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge. Chefs and Owners, Bruce and Eric Bromberg and their company, have long been committed to growing enthusiasm and passion for the sport of cycling.
A new race name: In conjunction with the title sponsorship, the race name has changed from the Aspen Snowmass Women’s Pro Challenge to the Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge.
More teams: 40 teams are anticipated for this years race
More fan-friendly race times: The circuit race at Snowmass Village will move from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to enable more fans to attend.
Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge: Stage by Stage
Check out the times, course descriptions and maps for each stage of the Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge, make your viewing plans and then get ready to enjoy some aggressive & fast female cycling!
Article by Kim Hull
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