NoCo hopes to bring Pro Cycling Challenge to region
Fundraisers and other promotions have been scheduled Aug. 15-17 to help raise the dollars needed, according to a release by NoCoCycling, the official name for the group. A lack of funding last fall prevented Fort Collins from making a bid for a leg of the 2012 race.
"We believe showing a strong regional collaboration between the public and private business communities will be paramount in putting Northern Colorado's best foot forward to secure the 2013 bid," said Jay Hardy, VP and GM of Centerra and North Park in Loveland. Hardy is one of the organizers of NoCoCycling.
Last year's race brought in more than $83 million in revenue statewide, according NoCoCycling.
The 2013 race will run from Aug. 18-24. Bids for the race have to be submitted next month. Race routes for 2013 will be announced in December.
The race features 130 riders on 17 teams from more than 20 countries, and gives host cities the chance to see Olympians, world champions and Tour de France riders. The 2011 race garnered more than 1 million viewers and 25 hours of coverage on NBC Sports.
This year's race runs from Aug. 20 to 26, and stops short of Northern Colorado, riding through Boulder on Aug. 25.
More information about the community effort can be found here.
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