Local cyclists invited to 'Scout the Stage' before USA Pro Challenge Stage 4

By Real Vail
June 18, 2013

Local cyclists are officially on the clock as registration for the 2013 edition of the “Scout the Stage” citizen’s ride is now open. The ride will take place on Thursday, August 22, in advance of Stage 4 of the U.S.A. Pro Challenge, which will take the pro riders from Steamboat Springs to Beaver Creek.

The "Scout the Stage" jerseys.

Scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. start at 4 Eagle Ranch, north of Wolcott, the 2013 Scout the Stage will feature an 18-mile option, as well as a 28-mile option, for cyclists of all ages and abilities. The 28-mile option will include the new Bachelor Gulch climb, while the 18-mile course will take riders directly to the finish line in Beaver Creek Village.

“This year’s Scout the Stage will provide participants with a pair of unique opportunities to experience what it’s like to ride like a pro without the pressure of racing,” explained Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation and president of the U.S.A. Pro Challenge local organizing committee. “Scout the Stage is a great way to actively celebrate the Queen Stage of this year’s tour, whether or not you choose to take on the challenge of the Bachelor Gulch climb.”

Early registration is priced at $110 per person and includes the Scout the Stage ride, a special commemorative Scout the Stage jersey, gift bag and lunch and beverage vouchers in Beaver Creek Village.The registration fee will increase to $120 on August 1.

Rider and bike transport will also be provided to 4 Eagle Ranch from Beaver Creek. Participants can also park at 4 Eagle or ride out to the start.

To register for Scout the Stage, logon to www.vvf.org/upc. Registration is limited so register early.

The 2013 U.S.A. Pro Challenge descends on the Vail Valley August 22 and 23, with the Steamboat to Beaver Creek Queen Stage on Thursday, August 22, and the Vail Time Trial set for Friday, August 23.

The Vail and Beaver Creek stages of the 2013 U.S.A. Pro Challenge will be organized through a collaborative effort involving the Vail Valley Foundation, the Town of Vail, Vail Resorts, Beaver Creek Resort Company and cycling enthusiasts throughout the Vail Valley.

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