11/04/2010 02:25 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Quiznos Pro Challenge Announces Stages And Host Cities For Inaugural Race

Governor Bill Ritter, along with former Bronco Shannon Sharpe and a handful of pro cyclists, announced on Thursday morning the stages for the inaugural Quiznos Pro Challenge next August.

The race will start in Colorado Springs before crisscrossing its way across 12 host cities in Colorado over 7 days.

Ritter, himself an avid cyclist, announced the race in August with cycling legend and Aspen resident Lance Armstrong. The Quiznos Pro Challenge represents the return of major pro cycling to Colorado for the first time since the last Coors Classic race in 1988.

Arsmstrong said he expected the race to attract the top European cyclists.

See the stages below:

The 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge Stages

August 22 - Stage 1, Prologue time trial, Colorado Springs
August 23 - Stage 2, Salida to Crested Butte, mountain-top finish
August 24 - Stage 3, Gunnison to Aspen, mountain stage
August 25 - Stage 4, Vail, time trail, former Coors Classic stage
August 26 - Stage 5, Avon to Steamboat Springs
August 27 - Stage 6, Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge
August 28 - Stage 7, Golden to Denver