Montrose to have good view of Pro Cycling Challenge

Cycling fans will have plenty of vantage points in and around Montrose when the USA Pro Cycling Challenge rolls through town this summer.

The second of seven stages starts at 11 a.m. on Aug. 21 at the Montrose Pavillion, with cyclists pedaling a “neutral route” on the southern part of town. The neutral route is like a warm-up lap, ridden at a slower pace than the actual stage.

The Montrose-to-Crested Butte stage is 99 miles long, with cyclists racing through downtown Montrose, past schools and area businesses, on their way out of town.

Fans are expected to line the downtown route, with another good vantage point at Niagra Road and Hillcrest Drive when the racing begins.

In its second year, the pro cycling race across Colorado begins Aug. 20, racing from Durango to Telluride, then shifts to Montrose.

Once they leave Montrose, cyclists will climb Cerro Summit and Blue Mesa Summit, then navigate the switchbacks as they pass Blue Mesa Reservoir before sprinting into Gunnison.

There, they’ll turn north and race into downtown Crested Butte, reaching the second Sprint Line of the day, then determine the stage winner on a two-mile climb to the finish line at Mt. Crested Butte.

The “Queen Stage” is Aug. 22, again from Gunnison to Aspen over Cottonwood Pass, the highest point of the race at 12,126 feet, and Independence Pass.

The U.S. Pro Cycling Challenge ends Aug. 26 in Denver.


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