Montrose in high gear for race



Montrose isn’t the only city enthusiastic about the USA Pro Challenge. Viewing parties are planned at a number of Grand Junction and Fruita locations for certain days of the race.

Join other fans at the locations below while taking in the race stages with members of the Colorado Mesa University cycling team and the Grand Junction Local Organizing Committee. There will be food and drink specials and door prizes.

Footage of the race for the parties on Monday through Friday, Aug. 20–24, will be recorded and shown each day at 5 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25–26, the race will be watched live starting at noon.

■ Monday, Aug. 20, Rockslide Brewery (Durango to Telluride).

■ Tuesday, Aug. 21, Kannah Creek Brewery (Montrose to Crested Butte).

■ Wednesday, Aug. 22, Boston’s Restaurant (Gunnison to Aspen).

■ Thursday, Aug. 23, Mesa Theater and Lounge (Aspen to Beaver Creek).

■ Friday, Aug. 24, Hot Tomato Cafe in Fruita ( Breckenridge to Colorado Springs).

■ Saturday, Aug. 25, Ale House (Golden to Boulder).

■ Sunday, Aug. 26, DoubleTree by Hilton (Denver time trial and finish).

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge race is coming to Montrose and folks are excited about it, so excited that a number of events are planned around the city’s Stage 2 start of the race on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Here’s what’s happening in Montrose, according to


■ Noon to 2 p.m. — A Bicycle Rodeo for children and youth is planned in the hockey rink at Baldridge Park. There will be a skills course, a safety talk, bike inspections and helmet fittings.

■ 3 p.m. — A Downtown Poker Cruise & Crawl will begin at Amelias Hacienda Restaurante downtown. It’s $5 to participate, and proceeds go to help the Montrose Area Bicycle Alliance get new bike racks that will be put around the city. Sign up at

■ 6 p.m. — A Bike-In Movie Night will be at Rotary Park with food vendors and music from Rusty George & Alan Vigil from 6–8 p.m., special speaker Bruce Thompson from “American Flyers” at 8 p.m. and a showing of “American Flyers” at 8:30 p.m.


■ 9 a.m. — Take your road bike on a 27-mile tour of the parade loop of the USA Pro Challenge Stage 2 start on the Montrose Area Bicycle Alliance Club Ride. There is a $25 entry fee. Information and a registration form download can be found at


■ 4:30 p.m. — Gates open for Rally with the Wailers concert. Read more about this concert in the Music Scene on page XX.


■ 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. — Take in the Start Village at the Montrose Pavilion. There will be live music, food and drink, games and a jumbotron on which the day’s race will be shown live.

■ 11:25 a.m. — Stage 2 of the race begins at 11:25 a.m. at the Montrose Pavilion.


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