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Where to watch Colorado’s 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge

  • By Brian Holcombe
  • Published Aug. 15, 2011
  • Updated Aug. 15, 2011 at 9:11 AM EDT
The Garden of the Gods

If you are making the trip to Colorado for the USAPCC, you’ll want to get the biggest bang for your racing buck as you line the roads to watch cycling’s most elite riders. In an effort to help you with this, we take the 510 miles and distill them down to seven key places that are more than ideal for watching the inaugural Tour live.

Prologue, August 22: Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods

Located in Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods is one of the iconic natural areas in the state. Get to the park early to check out the latest Tour tech and watch the riders warm up for the prologue. At just five miles in length, it’s easy enough to walk or ride alongside the course to get a good feel for the entire stage. After the stage, head to the podium downtown to see the race’s first-ever leader’s jersey awarded.

Stage Facts:

  • First rider starts at: 1:15 pm (MDT)
  • Distance: 5.18 miles
  • Total climb: 219 feet. Net loss: 367 feet.
  • Estimated Finish: 3:45 pm (MDT)
  • Start: Inside Garden of the Gods Park
  • Finish: West Colorado Avenue and Cascade Avenue
  • Downloads: Spectator Guide (pdf)
  • TV: Versus Pre-show at 1:30 pm; Live Race at 2 pm; Post-show at 9 pm (MDT)
  • VIDEO: Riding the prologue with VeloNews and Rapha Continental

The Garden of the Gods prologue in Colorado Springs

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FILED UNDER: News / Road / USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe

Brian Holcombe is the editor of VeloNews.com. Holcombe joined VeloNews in 2009 following years spent introducing students to whitewater kayaking and working in avalanche control, among other more risky ventures. A Master of PR and Marketing Communications, his graduate work at the University of Denver focused on innovation, digital media management and custom publishing. Holcombe is a CSU Ram fan and proud parent, and has been accused of attacking too much on the VN lunch ride. Follow him on Twitter @FCBrian.

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