USA Pro Challenge cancelled

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Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge, has announced that there will be no race this year.

The Pro Challenge was introduced in 2011 as America's answer to the Tour de France.The race lost investors Rick and Richard Schaden after the 2015 race, and organizers were looking for new funding.

The situation had looked hopeful — in fact, it was recently announced that the 2016 race would take place. It now appears that announcement was premature. Hunter apparently hopes to bring the race back in 2017.

Here is the statement that Hunter released:

As we finish the transition of the USA Pro Challenge to a new ownership group, the focus has been on the continuing legacy of the race.The timing and work involved in this endeavor does not allow us to produce the event in 2016 and achieve all the goals of our important stakeholders.Instead, we have targeted 2017 to restart this iconic race. Since the inaugural USA Pro Challenge in 2011, the race has been a great Colorado community asset and has quickly become one of the most exciting races on the global cycling calendar, for fans and competitors.While forming a new ownership group for the event, we have been focused on ensuring the longevity of the race, expanding its coverage, and aligning it with other United States cycling events and activities.Building a solid platform of this type takes time and the efforts of many diverse stakeholders, and while we will not be conducting America’s Race this year, we are diligently working to complete the necessary pieces for 2017. We have made great strides over the past months and look to re-launch when we finish this phase of the process. We thank all of our world-class Colorado communities, sponsors and benefactors that have and continue to help us achieve the goal of producing the best race in the world. A special thank you goes to Rick and Richard Schaden who originally launched the race in 2011. Without their vision and support we would not be here.

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