The USA Pro Challenge is giving you the opportunity to vote on where Stage 6 of next year's annual bike race should be held.
Stages one through five and stage seven have been set; the Pikes Peak Region is not on the list.
- Stage 1: Monday, Aug. 17 – Steamboat Springs Circuit Race
- Stage 2: Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin
- Stage 3: Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Copper Mountain Resort to Aspen
- Stage 4: Thursday, Aug. 20 – Aspen to Breckenridge
- Stage 5: Friday, Aug. 21 – Breckenridge Individual Time Trial
- Stage 6: Saturday, Aug. 22 –TBD
- Stage 7: Sunday, Aug. 23 – Golden to Denver
The event draws more than 1 million fans each year and generated $130 million in economic impact this year.
The 2014 race included Woodland Park and Colorado Springs. The area hosted a stage in 2012 but not in 2013.
You can vote on where you would like Stage 6 to be held by clicking here.
Local organizers and promoters said they weren't surprised that southern Colorado isn't on the 2015 schedule -- even though the event was considered a success -- because the race staff bring the event to different parts of the state each year.
"It's no reflection on Colorado Springs as an event host, necessarily," said Carly Kobasiar, supervisor of special events for the city. "We did a great job, put on a great show, had a wonderful event. It's just one of those things that it's going to move around from year to year."
Kobasiar said the race was such a local success that it created a lasting public impression that will remain even if the race doesn't return in 2015.
"It's just fun to see, even if you're not into bicycles or racing," she said. "I think people are going to remember that."
Others, however, aren't so sure.
"It's somewhat like taking the foot off the accelerator," said Ed Johnson, owner of the Colorado Springs Bike Shop on Colorado Avenue. "We're going to lose some momentum. It's disappointing. It's a really great event. It drew big crowds, and was the talk of the town before and after."
A woman who bikes regularly and watched the stage in Colorado Springs said she, too, is disappointed.
"A lot of people don't have the time and money to go elsewhere," she said.
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