This August, book your accommodations and head to Aspen, CO, where some of the best professional female cyclists from across the nation will return to the Rockies for the Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge. Overlapping with the men’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge, this female-powered race will begin on August 20, 2012, with a 9-mile long time trial up Colorado’s Maroon Bells, just 10 miles outside Aspen.
Named after its title sponsor, Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Restaurants, this event is divided into three stages—each designed to challenge some of the nation’s top female athletes. With the time trial representing the first stage, athletes will then be required to complete a 35-mile circuit race around Snowmass Village, and finally, a criterium on a public Aspen course. In an effort to draw a large crowd, Stage 1, the circuit race around Snowmass Village, will move from its current time on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to make it easier for fans to attend. Furthermore, like last year, the criterium will take place on Wednesday, August 22, 2012—the same day as the men’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge—thus putting the women on display for the crowds who gather for the men’s race.
Even though women’s races seem to have a tougher time attracting spectators and sponsors than men’s races, The Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge still manages to attract nearly 40 of the top teams and riders in the nation. This event is organized by Jessica Phillips—a past Olympic gold medalist and competitor in this summer’s Olympic games—and aims to include other Olympians, like Kristin Armstrong, as well.
For more information on the Blue Ribbon Alpine Challenge, be sure to visit the event’s official website at www.aspenwomensprorace.com/. Furthermore, more host families are needed in the upper valley to ensure that all of our female competitors have somewhere to stay. If you would like to volunteer for this responsibility, or if you are able to volunteer for anything else event organizers might need, contact Jessica Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For spectators, make sure to stop by the different stages of this event—starting in just a few short weeks—and watch some of the best female athletes compete head-to-head in one of the most intense female cycling competitions Colorado has ever seen.
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