Here's 8 reasons why you need to be in Aspen - Snowmass for the USA Pro Challenge This August

Fly The Challenge | August 16-19, 2014 

1. Hang with Ron Kiefel - former Olympic medalist and 7-time Tour de France racer - and ride an official course route before the pros.

Ron Kiefel - a seven time Tour de France racer, the first American stage winner in a Grand Tour, Olympic medalist and member of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame - will serve as a celebrity guest host for the trip. Ron will accompany the group throughout the weekend to ride with you and give great cycling tips. Kickoff the USA Pro Challenge by riding Stage 1 with Ron before the pros.

Ron Kiefel, former Olympic medalist and 7-time Tour de France racer, also your host for the 2014 USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Jonathan Devich/

2. Cycle up to the Maroon Bells

Take a road bike ride with the cycling legend himself, Ron Kiefel. You’ll bike a gentle climb up to the ghost town of Ashcroft, and then face another steady climb (with no traffic) up to the famous Maroon Bells Lake overlooking two 14,000 foot mountains. 

Now that's a view. Take a bike ride up to the Maroon Bells this August. Photo by Aspen Chamber. 

3. Ride in a VIP caravan car next to the peloton for the Stage 1 Aspen - Snowmass Circuit Race. (P.S. The Amgen Tour of California charged $1,250 - $2,000 for this experience)

Ride in an official race vehicle alongside the peloton for the Aspen - Snowmass Circuit Race (Stage 1) . View your favorite riders and the break-away up close like never before. It's your chance to experience the crowd, the course and the energy in a unique way.  

Ride in a VIP caravan car alongside the peloton during the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Pedal Dancer.

4. Sleep at the Viceroy Snowmass - because who doesn’t want to stay at somewhere with these views?

Enjoy 3 nights at the Viceroy Snowmass where you'll have access to the race, the spa, excellent dining and more. 

"The Viceroy combines the amenities of a luxury hotel with the coziness of a condo, and its ecological ethos is not too self-righteous. The staff is friendly, the restaurants destinations in their own right, and the slopeside location can’t be beat." - The New York Times, Travel

5. For the first time ever, be able to witness the start and finish of two back-to-back stages (Stage 1 and Stage 2). And you'll get to watch them race into the finish line from the VIP tents!

Why fight the crowds when you can watch the race from VIP hospitality tents, gain unprecedented access to the course, and interact with some of the world’s best professional cyclists? And for an added bonus, you'll get to attend the team meal the night before the race.

Witness the USA Pro Challenge in Aspen/Snowmass from the luxury of VIP tents. Photo by Chris Graythen, Getty Images.

6. Bring your own bike along (or rent one) and have access to a personal bike concierge and sag wagon.

As Wesley of Pro Bike Express transports your bike in safety, offers cycling tips and is available to tune up your bike during your chance to ride Stage 1 and other iconic routes before the pros.

VIP bike transport, tuning, and rental. Wesley from Pro Bike Express will provide exclusive sag wagon support, tuning, and advice as you bike throughout the weekend.

7. Oh and did we mention the flights on a privately chartered jet with complimentary drinks, great friends and fun?

Enjoy three quick private charter flights aboard a luxurious 30 seat Dornier 328 jet from private terminals. No waiting, no hassle. Marvel at the aerial scenery during flights ranging from 15-30 minutes and save hours of driving. 

Fly in style from Centennial Airport on a Dornier 328 Jet for the USA Pro Challenge. Photo by Airline PIlot Forums.

8. Wave goodbye to the traffic jam while you get a quick aerial tour of the great Centennial state we love to call home. 

Return to Denver in a relaxed atmosphere via privately chartered jet. Photo by Photosport International.

Bringing along a friend or loved one that is not as passionate about cycling? There are some amazing activities for them to enjoy in and around Aspen. Hiking, spa days, shopping, fly fishing, gourmet restaurants, and incredible scenery are just some of the things to enjoy. Our team of travel experts can arrange any activities or make recommendations so that everyone in your group has a fabulous time.

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Image Sources: Chris Graythen, Photosport International, USA Pro Challenge, Viceroy Snowmass, Airline Pilot Forums, Pro Bike Express, Aspen Chamber, Jonathan Devich/, and Pedal Dancer.