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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
Lookout Mountain is a popular ride for locals

Stage 2, August 24: Independence Pass

Independence Pass

We could see one of two things on Independence Pass: massive time gaps as over-eager GC riders blow up or a conservative, marked ride to the summit. Either way, the energy on the pass will be incredible. Camping space is limited, so get there early – up to two days before the race – or ride up from Aspen the morning of. The final four miles of the climb are the most treacherous; it’s there that you’ll want to set up your waffle iron and mini-keg and pull on your ridiculous costume. You may not see the race winner on the front, but you’ll definitely see who won’t be wearing yellow in Denver.

Stage Facts:

  • Start: 10 a.m. (MDT)
  • Distance: 131.1 miles
  • Total climb: 9,746 feet. Net gain: 195 feet.
  • Estimated Finish: 3-4:15 pm (MDT)
  • Start: East Virginia Avenue and Main Street, Gunnison
  • Finish: Main Street at Galina Street, Aspen
  • Downloads: Map (pdf) | Spectator guide (pdf)
  • TV: Versus Pre-show at 1:30 pm; Live Race at 2 pm; Post-show at 9 pm (MDT)
  • VIDEO: Riding stage 2 with VeloNews and Rapha Continental

Stage 2: Gunnison to Aspen

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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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