- Start Time: 10:45 AM
- Finish Time: 1:15 – 1:45 PM
- Distance: 73.79 Miles
- Total Climb: 3,129 Feet
- (1) King of the Mountain – Lookout Mountain, Golden
- (1) Sprint – First lap at Civic Center Park, Denver
In to the foothills and out to the urban plains of Denver is the theme for the stage 6, the last stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The course sets an immediate climbing challenge out of Golden, directing the racers to Lookout Mountain with a 1200 foot elevation gain over 4.8 miles. Returning to Golden, the course rolls downhill, then flat out as the stage approaches Denver. In Denver, 6 laps will occur in a 4.7 mile loop that extends from Speer Boulevard, up Colfax, around the State Capital Building then back to Speer.
Start line for today is Main Street, Golden. Golden will offer the unique opportunity to see the racers pass through twice. After the start, the course loops north onto Highway 93, then back via Easley Road to West 44th Avenue. Back on Main Street, the racers turn to Lookout Mountain for the last King of Hill. Cars on Lookout Mountain will be limited to local residence. So, it’s either ride your bike or take a hike up Lookout Mountain to watch the riders climb. The King of the Mountain is 4 miles from the base of Lookout Mountain Road, at Highway 6.
Those remaining in Golden get another treat as the cyclists return via Johnson and South Golden Roads to Main Street. It is then Denver bound by West 32nd Ave, along the banks of Clear Creek and ironically in the shadow of the Coors Brewery who sponsored the Coors Classic over 25 years ago.
The route is fairly flat and straight forward, primarily following West 32nd Avenue. At Sheridan, the course jogs south onto West 29th Street, veers to Speer Boulevard before crossing Interstate 25. At Speer and Lawrence the 4.7 mile loop begins. Six times the racers will loop Speer to Colfax, around the Capital Building, then back down Colfax and Speer. The loop around the Capitol Building is clockwise, turning right onto Grant to 13th Avenue, Broadway and finally Colfax. The sprint and finish line is on Broadway.
Anywhere there are turns, particularly the two 180 degree turns on Speer, will be great viewing positions. Huge crowds are expected in Denver, so arrive early, take mass transit or ride your bike.
To see photo highlights of the race thus far, visit the on-line slide show.
For more information, visit the official USA Pro Cycling Challenge web site.