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NEXT GREAT TRIP ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE 2014 USA PRO CHALLENGE VIP SPECTATOR EXPERIENCES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH USA CYCLING

Guests Enjoy Supported Riding, VIP Viewing and Unprecedented Behind-the-Scenes Access to the Course and Riders, in the Company of Renowned Cycling Celebrities Timmy Duggan and Craig Lewis

DENVER – (July 16, 2014)NextGreatTrip, in partnership with the USA Pro Challenge and USA Cycling, is offering two first-of-their-kind opportunities for a small number of cycling enthusiasts to experience “America’s Race” in true VIP style.

The “USA Pro Challenge Adventure” offers five days of supported riding through the Colorado Rockies, grants access to former professional cyclists and allows guests to witness live stage finishes from VIP viewing areas. From Aug. 17-23, participants will be transported to each stage of the professional cycling race via private charter flights, rides along Pro Challenge routes and in official race vehicles alongside the riders. They’ll also enjoy the company of cycling celebrities and trip hosts, Timmy Duggan and Craig Lewis. Duggan was the 2012 winner of the National Road Race Championships, and a former Olympian. Lewis was a two-time U23 National Champion and won first place in the Team Time Trial in the Giro d’Italia. A portion of the proceeds from trip reservations will be donated to the USA Cycling Development Foundation, which provides promising young athletes with the tools they need to excel at the highest levels of professional cycling, and of which Duggan was once a beneficiary.

The experience, which begins and ends in Aspen, includes:  

  • Five days of supported riding with former professional cyclists, and car support

  • Six nights of luxury lodging at hotels including the Broadmoor and The Lodge at Vail

  • Two private charter flights between race stages

  • Exclusive perspective on the race and riding time with former professional cyclist Timmy Duggan

  • Opportunity to ride select race stages prior to the pros, in addition to other iconic Colorado routes

  • Opportunity to ride alongside racers in an official race vehicle during one stage of the race

  • Access to VIP viewing and hospitality tents

  • Personal bike transport, tuning, bike concierge services and dedicated “SAG Wagon,” between each city

  • Onsite NextGreatTrip staff support, and concierge service throughout the week

  • Ground transportation to and from the hotel to riding routes and VIP viewing areas

For those who can’t commit to an entire week, NextGreatTrip is also offering a weekend opportunity to enjoy VIP access to the race, with its “Aspen Snowmass VIP Cycling Experience,” Aug. 16-19. The shorter experience offers supported riding on the Stage One race route, access to Duggan, and VIP treatment in hospitality tents and an official race vehicle that transports participants alongside racers during the Aspen Snowmass stage.

The experience, which begins and ends in Aspen, includes:  

  • Opportunity to ride Stage One race route prior to the pros, with snack and beverage service, in addition to other iconic Colorado routes

  • Three nights of luxury lodging in Aspen/Snowmass

  • Exclusive perspective on the race and riding time with former professional cyclist Timmy Duggan

  • Opportunity to ride alongside racers in an official race vehicle during Stage One of the race

  • Access to VIP viewing and hospitality tents

  • Dinner with one of the professional cycling teams on Sunday, Aug. 17

  • Ground transportation between airport and hotel

  • Personal bike transport, tuning, bike concierge services and dedicated “SAG Wagon”

  • Onsite NextGreatTrip staff support, and concierge service throughout the weekend

Both options also offer bicycle rentals and accessories, spa treatments and more for an added cost.

The USA Pro Challenge, taking place Aug. 18-24, is one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history, and the largest spectator event to ever take place in Colorado. Over the course of seven consecutive days, the fourth-annual USA Pro Challenge will begin in Aspen and end in Denver, spotlighting the best-of-the-best in professional cycling across the majestic Colorado Rockies.

Denver-based NextGreatTrip is a premium vacation service that orchestrates thoughtfully crafted experiences via charter flights to iconic, and often difficult-to-access destinations.

Photo by USA Pro Challenge

“Our business is about creating experiences of a lifetime, and it's a thrill for us to highlight what we do best through an event that’s not only on the world’s radar, but also happens to be in our own backyard,” said Founder and CEO of Denver-based NextGreatTrip, Tom Filippini. “We're honored to partner with the USA Pro Challenge and USA Cycling on such exciting experiences, and offer not only great opportunities to view one of the world’s premier cycling events, but also so many beautiful parts of our amazing state.” 

“Spectators are at the heart of the USA Pro Challenge – without them, we wouldn’t have a race – so we are always looking for ways to enhance the viewing experience,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “This exclusive opportunity for fans to follow the race and travel to each stage, while gaining this high level of access, is a really unique opportunity.” 

In addition to the USA Pro Challenge experience, NextGreatTrip offers a variety of other itineraries highlighting experiential, private charter trips to fabulous destinations. The company recently completed a seaside escape to Loreto Baja, Mexico, and has an upcoming golf getaway to Bandon Dunes Oregon, September 19-21, among others.

About NextGreatTrip

NextGreatTrip combines direct charter flights from VIP terminals with an ever-expanding list of itineraries, featuring behind-the-scenes specially curated experiences and highly-personalized service to create vacations of a lifetime for travelers. Via an ever-expanding list of trips tailored to various interests and ages – from family beach getaways to couples’ wine experiences – travelers enjoy vacations in which every last detail is taken care of, from takeoff to touch-down. To learn more, visit www.nextgreattrip.com, call (303) 350-4060 or email info@nextgreattrip.com.

About the USA Pro Challenge

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Challenge will take place August 18-24, 2014. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure. One of the largest cycling events in U.S. history and the largest spectator event in the history of the state, the USA Pro Challenge is back for 2014. Featuring a challenging course, the fourth annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery. More information can be found online at www.USAProChallenge.com and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.  

About USA Cycling Development Foundation:

The USA Cycling Development Foundation was created with the primary purpose of raising money to drive American athlete development programs in cycling. Of the major industrialized countries, only the United States does not maintain a socialized sport development system. This means the Foundation does not receive government support, or US tax dollars. These athlete development programs for juniors, U23 and other future Olympians are funded with annual gifts to the Foundation. The Foundation’s mission is to assist USA Cycling with the implementation of consistent and sustained development programs for young American bike racers to support the future of American cycling. More information can be found online at www.USACycling.org and on twitter @USACycling.

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