Charity strong in women’s race |

Charity strong in women’s race

Amy Charity rides Saturday in Stage 2 of the Women's USA Pro Challenge three-day stage race. Charity completed the race in 21st place overall.

— Steamboat Springs cyclist Amy Charity got a strong start to the women's USA Pro Challenge on Friday and Saturday, and after Stage 2 of the three-day stage race, she sat in 25th place in the 65-rider field.

Charity managed to move up two spots in the general classification standings in Saturday's road race, which sent riders 58 miles from Loveland into the nearby mountains and back out to Fort Collins.

Charity has been one of the top riders on her team, Optum Cycling, in the race's first two stages. She's second on the team in the GC standings, behind Lex Albrecht, who was 16th after Stage 1's Breckenridge time trial, and now sits 23rd.

Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Kristin Armstrong will enter the final day of the event, a circuit race in Golden, with a substantial lead in the race, which is in its inaugural season for the women's field.

Charity was 2 minutes, 28 seconds behind Armstrong after the first stage but lost ground on Stage 2 and will enter the final day 10:29 back.