Experience the 2014 USA Pro Challenge with Savings up to 40 Percent at Participating Properties in Aspen, Colorado Springs and Boulder

This annual multi-day road cycling stage race will take place August 18-24.

As Colorado prepares to host the largest spectator event in the state's history, host city hotels are welcoming locals and visitors alike with a medley of savings and perks that make it easy and affordable to be part of the action. Three host city hotels have banned together to offer guests the Stay, Spectate & Save experience. The promotion, which includes overnight accommodations, complimentary room upgrade, a $40 dining credit, and two hotel logoed water bottles can be booked in Aspen at The Gant, by Destination Hotels & Resorts, in Colorado Springs at Cheyenne Mountain Resort, and in Boulder at the Hotel Boulderado. Package rates start at $195 with savings ranging from 20-40 percent.

This year, the 2014 USA Pro Challenge features an exhilarating new route that will include the race’s first-ever mountaintop finish on storied Monarch Mountain. Taking riders to incredible elevations, higher than any of the Grand Tours (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España), the race will be a heart-pounding journey through the breathtaking Rockies.

The race will visit 10 official host cities for the starts and finishes of each stage, taking spectators through some of Colorado's most picturesque mountain towns and vibrant downtown city streets. One of the most highly anticipated events on the race calendar, the 2014 USA Pro Challenge will test the riders’ strength and endurance over a 550-mile course. Reaching a top elevation of 11,542 ft. on Hoosier Pass, the addition of McClure Pass and Kebler Pass will bump the total elevation gain to nearly 40,000 ft. over the seven days.

Stay, Spectate & Save
With the Stay, Spectate & Save package, guests can turn their 2014 USA Pro Challenge experience into a 24-hour priceless memory starting from the moment they wake to the time they go to sleep. With package rates starting at $195 per night, guests can save up to 40 percent off when staying at one of three participating host city properties in Aspen, Colorado Springs, and Boulder. Each package is valid only during respective race stages and all packages must be booked directly at each hotel via their website or reservations number.

Below are the package components guests will receive at each hotel/resort:
-Overnight accommodations (based on double occupancy)
-Complimentary room upgrade (based upon availability)
-$40 dining credit
-Two hotel logoed water bottles

Stage 1 & 2 - Aspen
Property - The Gant, by Destination Hotels & Resorts
Accommodations Type - one bedroom condominium
Starting Rate - $265 plus resort fee and tax (Promotion Code - USPCC14)
Contact Information - www.gantaspen.com / 800.549.0530

Stage 1: Aspen Circuit Race – Monday, Aug. 18
The Aspen/Snowmass Circuit may be short on distance, but it packs a punch. At 65 miles (3 laps of nearly 22 miles each), and 2,300 ft. of climbing per lap with minimal recovery, this circuit puts the “challenge” in USA Pro Challenge. Each lap will see the riders grind up to Snowmass Village, then a quick descent leads to two short but steep climbs, and a quick loop through downtown before doing it all again.

Stage 2: Aspen to Crested Butte – Tuesday, Aug. 19
Stage 2 opens fast by ripping down the Aspen Valley through the sprint cities of Basalt and Carbondale before tackling the 8,700 ft. McClure Pass. A short descent brings the race to Gunnison County Road 12, which is a 20-mile rollercoaster that constantly changes from pavement to dirt and back again, while topping out at 9,900 ft. over Kebler Pass. A technical descent into Crested Butte brings the race back to familiar terrain. The race will finish up with a sprint through downtown Crested Butte and the steep finish up to Mt. Crested Butte.

Stage 4 - Colorado Springs
Property - Cheyenne Mountain Resort and Country Club
Accommodations Type - one guest room
Starting Rate - $195 plus resort fee and tax (Promotion Code - Reference package name)
Contact Information - www.cheyennemountain.com / 800.428.8886

Stage 4: Colorado Springs Circuit Race – Thursday, Aug. 21
The race will head into town and join up with a 16-mile circuit that will be raced four times. With climbs through Garden of the Gods, Mesa Rd. and the infamous Ridge Rd., which hits grades of nearly 17 percent, the route will present some challenges for the riders.

Stage 7 - Boulder
Property - Hotel Boulderado
Accommodations Type - one guest room
Starting Rate - $284 plus taxes (Promotion Code - Reference package name)
Contact Information - www.boulderado.com / 800.433.4344

Stage 7: Boulder to Denver – Sunday, Aug. 24
Leaving Boulder on CO 93 the riders will have several hilly and windswept miles for breakaways to set up before reaching Golden for the first of two passes. Through Golden, the riders will tackle the 4-mile climb of Lookout Mountain. Another quick pass of Golden and the race is screaming through suburbs en route to downtown Denver. An abbreviated version of last year’s circuit awaits the riders for three and a half fast laps through downtown, 17th Ave. and City Park. Over the years, the race has witnessed some incredible sprinting on Broadway in the heart of Denver and 2014 should be no exception.