Pro Challenge's route in Boulder revealed
Last Updated: 19:23 May 6, 2014
Organizers unveiled specific routes Tuesday for each of the race's seven stages. Previously only the start and finish sites had been revealed. The race is scheduled for Aug. 18-24.
The seventh stage is a 78-mile jaunt from Boulder to downtown Denver, passing through Golden along the way. The day will start at 18th and Pearl streets, go east on Pearl, south on 19th, west on Walnut, north on 11th, east on Spruce, south on 15th and then east again on Pearl. After two laps of that, the racers will make their way to Broadway and head south, cutting quickly through The Hill along 13th Street and College Avenue before returning to Broadway.
The ride will be neutral - meaning the racers won't really yet be racing or on the clock - through downtown and The Hill to give spectators a chance to see them up close before they pick up the pace. Once the riders are back on Broadway heading south, they'll be on the clock and be racing in earnest when they cross 20th Street near the University of Colorado campus.
From there, the racers will take Broadway out of town and stay on Highway 93 to Golden before ascending Lookout Mountain. Another pass through Golden precedes a zip through the suburbs toward downtown Denver, where riders will do three and a half laps on a circuit through downtown before the finish.
Boulder hosted the Stage 6 finish in 2012 on Flagstaff Mountain but didn't host a stage last year. Local race supporters pushed for a race start this year rather than a finish due to the September flooding that caused millions of dollars of damage to Boulder County infrastructure.
"I am really happy to see the 2014 edition of the USA Pro Challenge return to my hometown of Boulder," BMC Racing rider Taylor Phinney said in a USA Pro Challenge release. "The energy at the finish two years ago was unreal, and it is always special to race near home. This is one of my favorite races of the year, and I hope to be able to participate since I missed it last year."
The first six stages of the 550-mile race hit a variety of towns around the state and include the race's first-ever mountaintop finish on Monarch Mountain.
Stage 1 is a 65-mile circuit through Aspen and Snowmass Village.
Stage 2 is a 105-mile trek from Aspen to Mount Crested Butte via McClure and Kebler passes.
Stage 3 is a 96-mile ride from Gunnison, over Monarch Pass to Salida, and then back up Monarch Mountain.
Stage 4 is a 70-mile circuit through and around Colorado Springs.
Stage 5 takes riders 104 miles from Woodland Park to Breckenridge.
Stage 6 is a 10-mile time-trial from Vail to Vail Pass before the final stage starting in Boulder.
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