Aug 17, 2011 8:20 PM by Stephanie Collins

Local businesses unsure how to prepare for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge rides through the Springs on Monday. Cyclists start at Garden of the Gods, go down Colorado Ave. through Old Colorado City, and then finish downtown.

The race has the potential to bring thousands of people to our area, but local businesses say they aren't really sure what to expect. There could be just a few, or a few thousand lining Colorado Ave. on race day, "It's kind of just this big mystery, what it will be, who will be here," says Maize Baalman, owner of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

The Chocolate Factory thinks they'll have enough drinks and treats ready,"Were here for the snacking, which I think people will probably want to do," adds Baalman.

Spectators are probably more likely to buy snacks on race day. With Colorado closed some businesses, like doctors offices, will be closed. While they don't serve snacks, Don Bates Insurance says they plan to be open, "For us it's business as usual, I'm sure we'll get the same amount of phone calls and same amount of inquires that we always do," says employee, Teri Beattie.

While they don't think they'll see much foot traffic from those coming to watch the race, they'll be there just in case, "If they need a quote or they need any kind of questions answered about their insurance, they can certainly walk in our door and ask us," adds Beattie.

No matter what the turn out is on race day, its good exposure for these Old Colorado City businesses.

The race is Monday, the 22nd. Colorado Ave. will be closed from Tejon to 31st St. The closure will start around 11:00 a.m. and go till about 4:30 p.m.

For more information on closures leading up to and on the day of the race, click here.

For more on the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, click here.



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