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4 circuits of Westside in international cycle race Aug. 21

The map for the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race shows the route the cyclists will take. The start will be at the Broadmoor Hotel. After two loops in that area, riders will go north on 21st Street to Colorado Avenue and ride downtown, After a loop there, they will come back up the avenue and do four circuits of the Westside and downtown before the downtown finish.
Courtesy of USA Pro Challenge
       In Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race, Thursday, Aug. 21, about 130 international cyclists will start from the Broadmoor Hotel at 12:50 p.m. and ride north on 21st Street to Colorado Avenue, where they'll go east to the downtown. After a loop of the downtown, they will do four 16-mile circuits through the Westside and downtown (the streets to be used are shown in the map at left) before a downtown finish.
       Based on typical strategies for bike-racing - such as the Tour de France, which many of them competed in - the riders are likely to stay close together in one or more "pelotons" until near the finish. "I think they'll be fairly bunched up," commented Jeff Mosher, special events manager for the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, which has been coordinating many of the Stage 4 details for the Challenge.
       The Avenue Merchants (AM) business group has lined up live music - the Springs City Jazz Band with Laura Davis on vocals - to entertain spectators in Bancroft Park from 1 to 3 p.m. AM members in the park will also hand out merchant coupons during the event.
       Although people on bike or on foot can access almost any part of the race course, the Westside will be tough to drive through from about noon to 4 p.m. Motor vehicles will only be allowed to cross (at the discretion of race officials) at the following intersections: 31st and Pikes Peak; 30th and Bijou; 26th and Colorado; 21st and Colorado; 14th and Colorado; and Limit and Colorado.
       The course will be as shown on the map (this page), with all the streets on the race course closed to cars, including Colorado Avenue from Tejon to 29th Street.
       For a list of street closures, see separate Westside Pioneer story.
       Live TV coverage of Stage 4 will be provided from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), according to a Pro Challenge press release. For Comcast viewers, that would be Channel 56 (in standard definition).
       This is the fourth year of the Pro Challenge in Colorado - the third time the Springs has been a host city. Seven stages in all, the race will conclude in Denver Aug. 24.
       Note: District 11 schools will not have classes that day.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 8/17/14, updated 8/18/14; Transportation: General)

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