Boulder's Garmin-Sharp To Compete In USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2012

METZ, FRANCE - JULY 06: (L-R) Ryder Hesjedal of Canada riding for Garmin-Sharp is accompanied by teammate Tyler Farrar of the USA as they ride to the finish of stage six of the 2012 Tour de France from Epernay to Metz on July 6, 2012 in Metz, France. Hesjedal was involved in a crash 25km from the end of the stage and was seperated from the group of the yellow jersey. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Garmin-Sharp, located in Boulder, Colo., will participate in this year's USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which will take riders through the Rocky Mountains.

On Wednesday, Boulder's Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda was announced as a participant in the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, which will take place in the Rocky Mountains from August 20 through August 26. This is the second straight year in which the USA Pro Challenge has taken place in Colorado, with last year's event attracting over 1 million spectators. This year's course will be 683 miles long and will feature more than 42,000 feet of vertical climbing.

Here is the full list of 16 teams participating in this year's event:

UCI ProTeams

  • Astana Pro Team (KAZ)
  • BMC Racing Team (USA)
  • Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda (USA)
  • Liquigas-Cannondale (ITA)
  • Omega Pharma-QuickStep (BEL)
  • RadioShack-Nissan-Trek (LUX)

UCI Professional Continental Teams

  • Champion System Pro Cycling Team (CHN)
  • RusVelo (RUS)
  • Team SpiderTech powered by C10 (CAN)
  • Team Type 1-SANOFI (USA)
  • UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team (USA)

UCI Continental Teams

  • Bissell Pro Cycling (USA)
  • Bontrager Livestrong Team (USA)
  • EPM-UNE (COL)
  • Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies (USA)
  • Team Exergy (USA)

For more on the race, stick with SB Nation Denver, or head over to Podium Cafe, SB Nation's cycling blog.

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