May 26, 2011, DENVER – The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is inviting sports and cycling fans to create the national and host city commemorative posters for the inaugural international cycling competition August 22-28. Entrants can submit their artwork through the event’s Facebook page now and submissions will be accepted until June 19, 2011. The winners will be announced on July 19, 2011.    
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge brings the greatest athletes in the world to compete in the most scenic collection of quaint towns and mountain resorts imaginable – a combination that will inspire artists to capture the intensity of this race with the specific and unique characteristics of the tour’s host cities through original artwork. 
Artists will be submitting artwork for consideration as one of 12 official posters: one for the national commemorative poster, and 11 for each of the host cities (Colorado Springs, Salida, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Vail, Avon, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Golden and Denver.) The posters will be used throughout the event for various promotional activities and will be seen by millions of sports fans worldwide.    
“We hope the fan-generated commemorative posters become one of the most anticipated traditions of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge,” said Stacie Lange, EVP of Marketing and Communications for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. “Our goal is for cycling fans to get excited about the opportunity to showcase the unique characteristics of the host cities, while capturing the drama and intensity of a professional cycling event.”
Fans will enter the contest on www.facebook.com/USAProCyclingChallenge by clicking on the contest link on the left side of the page to submit their artwork. 
All entries must be capable of being posted on Facebook (only online entries will be eligible). This requires either that the artwork be in digital media or that a digital photograph of the artwork be made and posted in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions adopted by Facebook. Each file must be in JPEG format and otherwise comply with Facebook’s requirements for posting photographs. 
The contest ends June 19, and no submissions will be accepted after this date. Winners will be contacted directly and the winning entry announced on the event’s Facebook page.
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This is a skill-based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners. There is no fee to enter, no purchase is required, and purchase will not improve chances of winning. Official rules for the program can be found at www.facebook.com/USAProCyclingChallenge.
About the USA Pro Cycling Challenge
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to be the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. For seven consecutive days, 128 of the world’s top athletes will race across almost 500 miles through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure, more than two miles in elevation. It’s the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery. 
Visitors to Vail and Avon have a special opportunity to watch two stages of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge within one valley. Vail hosts a time trial on Thursday, August 25th and Avon hosts a stage start on Friday, August 26th. An entire weekend of events surrounding the USA Pro Cycling Challenge is planned for residents and visitors to experience and enjoy in each community.
Spectators of this race will see Olympians, World Champions and Tour de France competitors. Fans worldwide will have access to the competition and riders like never before with the most advanced, interactive online, smartphone and broadcast television experience presented to date in professional cycling.
The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take place August 22-28, 2011, starting in Colorado Springs and traveling to Salida, Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Vail, Avon, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge and Golden, with the final finish in Denver. With more than one million spectators expected at the event, as well as national television exposure on NBC and the cable network VERSUS, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be the race to celebrate in America. Visit www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com for all the details on who is competing and how you can watch, or catch us on Facebook or Twitter @USAProChallenge.


Allison McGee Johnson 303-507-8355 amjohnson@upcc.com

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