BRECKENRIDGE, Colorado - Winning one of 12 statewide poster-art contests for one of cycling's newest and biggest events is no easy feat. Doing it two years in a row is even more impressive.
So how did Breckenridge artist Nikki Arcieri come to accomplish such a thing?
"I really don't have a great answer, other than I tried to make my submission the best it could be," Arcieri said. "Both last year and this year, I spent a substantial amount of time working on the design."
That time spent paid off, as Arcieri applied her love and knowledge of cycling, her professional graphic-design and fine-art background and her four years' experience as a Breckenridge resident to her final design.
The judging panel was made up of Breckenridge Town Councilman Jeffrey Bergeron, former Bachelorette contestant Jesse Csincsak, Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs, 5th Judicial District Judge (and local mountain-bike competitor) Mark Thompson and Breckenridge Mayor John Warner, all big supporters of last year's USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
Breckenridge's panel of judges chooses the top three Breckenridge designs from a handful of submissions.
Once the submissions were narrowed down, it was a simple selection process by the panel.
During last year's Breckenridge stage, Arcieri turned her winning artwork into a 12-by-24-foot chalk-art piece that was featured prominently on television and social media during last year's race coverage in Breckenridge, and the town of Breck hopes she'll do the same this year.
Race organizers also will add their banner to this year's Breckenridge poster design and offer it for sale during the race.
The second-annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge is scheduled for Aug. 20-26, with the week named by Gov. John Hickenlooper as a "Colorado Cycling Holiday." The race travels through 12 host cities from Durango to Denver, with more than one million spectators expected. A national poster contest also was held both years of the race. This year's national poster contest winner was Leanna Johnson, of Montrose, the start city of this year's Stage 2. Find more information at www.USAProCyclingChallenge.com.