Stage 5: Racers expected around 2:30 p.m.

       The USA Pro Challenge cycling race was on schedule this week, leading up to its Stage 5 in Colorado Springs Friday, Aug. 24.
       Race officials are still estimating that the lead cyclists, who will have started from Breckenridge at 10:50 a.m., will emerge from Ute Pass on eastbound Highway 24 at about 2:30 p.m.
       The route will take them through the Garden of the Gods, past Balanced Rock and in front of the Kissing Camels before turning right on 30th Street, then left on Colorado Avenue and east to the finish downtown at about 3:50 p.m.
       A rolling blockade will accompany the racers, so motorists should prepare for stoppages of up to an hour along different parts of the course. Pedestrians and bicyclists are welcome to watch from any part of the course, although rock climbing in the Garden of the Gods is discouraged.
       An all-day motorized-vehicle closure will be in the Garden of the Gods starting at 6 a.m. Friday. From 1 to 4:30 p.m., no parking will be allowed on 30th Street from Gateway Road to Colorado Avenue and along the avenue from 30th to Cascade Avenue.
       A previous announcement that Colorado Avenue would be closed at 9 a.m. Friday between Cascade Avenue and Walnut Street has been rescinded. That segment will not be closed until the rolling blockade arrives, race officials said.
       The event has 126 competitors in all, many of them internationally successful. The race started with Stage 1 Aug. 20 (Durango to Telluride), continuing daily with Stage 2 (Montrose to Crested Butte), Stage 3 (Gunnison to Aspen) and Stage 4 (Aspen to Beaver Creek). Stage 6, Aug. 25, will be Golden to Boulder, with the Challenge concluding with a time trial in Denver Aug. 26.

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