CSU partners with 2014 USA Pro Challenge to design jersey

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Bicycle racing fans enjoy the Denver Circuit Race stage of the USA Pro Challenge Aug. 25, 2013. (Photo credit: Colorado State University)

Nearly 130 of the world’s best professional cyclists will ride through Colorado for a seven-day stage race in August, known as the USA Pro Challenge.

Colorado State University is partnering with the Challenge, sponsoring the CSU Best Young Rider Jersey, a race within the race for the most talented up-and-coming rider. Each day, the jersey is passed to the highest placed rider under the age of 23.

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“Just like the USA Pro Challenge, CSU touches every part of the state of Colorado and has a global impact, and we see the race as an opportunity to take the story of our world-class university to a bigger audience on the national and international stage,” said Tom Milligan, vice president for external relations, in a press release. “We also really like the tie-in with the Best Young Rider Jersey, because just as the wearer of jersey is the future of cycling, so too are CSU students future leaders in Colorado, throughout the nation and across the planet.”

CSU and Spot Brand Bicycles are partnering to award a green and gold bicycle to a lucky cyclist who is following the USA Pro Challenge. Anyone visiting the CSU booth at the finishing festivals for each stage of the USA Pro Challenge can enter to win the bike, valued at $2,349.The first 100 people to register in person at the CSU booth each day will also get a free special edition CSU cycling cap.

Collegian Managing Editor Lawrence Lam can be reached at sports@collegian.com.