NextGreatTrip Offers VIP Experience for Cycling Enthusiasts
By Helen Zook
Want to get in on the action of a high-speed bike race without doing all that leg work? NextGreatTrip, a Denver-based premium vacation service, is partnering with USA Cycling to help you do just that. The USA Pro Challenge Adventure brings participants behind the scenes of "America's Race" in the Colorado Rockies from August 17-24.
The seven-day USA Pro Challenge, which features 16 world-class professional cycling teams, starts in Aspen and ends in downtown Denver. Those interested in getting an exclusive look at the race have two options: a three-night weekend in Aspen and Snowmass (from $3,100) or the six-night "Ultimate Cycling Experience" (from $9,400). The latter brings guests through Aspen, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Colorado Springs, Vail and Breckenridge, and includes two private chartered flights. Both trips provide lodging at some of Colorado's premier hotels, including the Viceroy Snowmass and The Broadmoor.
It wouldn't be a true VIP experience without a few celebrity hosts: Former pro cyclists Ron Keifel, Timmy Duggan, and Craig Lewis will join participants to provide commentary and expert insight. Other perks include transport in caravan cars alongside riders, access to hospitality tents, and invites to exclusive race-week parties. Those who want to test the turf themselves can also ride select stages before the competitors. Bike rentals are available for additional fees, and concierges will be on hand to transport and tune throughout the week. For more information, visit nextgreattrip.com/flythechallenge.
Helen Zook is an editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.