After battling Alberto Contador and Cadel Evans in the tightly contested Tour de France, the Brothers Schleck are headed to the wild, wild west. No Helta Skelta Vuelta for them.
Admitting to fatigue, Andy and Schleck have decided instead to ride the inaugural USA ProCYcling Challenge that will be held between August 22-28. Howdy, Luxembourger cowboys.
Andy loves the warm welcome he gets in the states — he’s ridden the last two editions of the Tour of California. The Colorado trip will be Frank’s first visit to the USA this season.
Team spokespeople at Trek Leopard have not said what specifically the Schleck have in mind for Colorado. They may decide to go river rafting in the Rockies or fly fishing in some of the alpine streams.
There are also several high quality micro-breweries in close proximity to the race route, including the Coors Brewery in Golden and the New Belgian Brewery in Fort Collins — which may require a drive but the Fat Tire Ale is worth the trip.
Ultimately, they may just decide to race the ProCycling Challenge. 128 of the world’s top athletes will ride 518 miles through the Rockies, at altitudes of more than two miles. That’s twice the altitude of Alp d’Huez.
In fact, the route goes through the majority of the most famous ski towns in Colorado: Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs and Crested Butte. This will give them plenty of mountains to gain revenge on Tour de France champion Cadel Evans — who just announced he’ll also be rockin’ the Rockies in his inimitable and understated style.
It’s going to be a visually stunning and athletically thrilling race. Now, with the Schlecks on the start list, it’s twice as exciting.