Funds continue to stream in and businesses continue to step up in preparation for the highly anticipated USA Pro Challenge bike race, set to cruise through Windsor and across northern Colorado on Aug. 24.
But there’s still a lot to be done.
Vendor applications are still available for the starting festivities in Windsor, Loveland and Estes Park, but only food vendors are being accepted for the finish line events in Fort Collins, according to a news release. Additionally, as many as 400 volunteers will be needed to direct riders and deal with crowds and parking.
As of Tuesday, only 189 volunteers had committed to working the race.
“Our northern Colorado stage is an example of what can happen when local governments and local businesses come together with a common vision to create a world-class event,” said Eric Thompson, co-chairman of the event’s organizing committee, in a statement.
So far, $260,000 in private cash and in-kind contributions from area business have poured in, according to the release.
Among the presenting-level sponsors that have been pivotal in making the massive event a reality is the Fort Collins-based Bohemian Foundation, OtterBox, Centerra, Colorado State University, and Meritage Homes. Additional local partner sponsors included Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Cornerstone Mortgage, Flood and Peterson, city of Fort Collins Fort Fund Grant and Water Valley.
Numerous other smaller businesses have been contributing partners.
Windsor, Loveland, Fort Collins and Estes Park have been working together for the better part of the past year in an effort to make the region shine in the international spotlight. Windsor planners have said the events on that Saturday could be bring the largest crowds the town has ever seen.
“The magnitude of the coverage for our region is unprecedented and the benefits will be long-lasting,” Thompson said. “Local fundraising goals have been met and local support remains strong.”