Aug 15, 2014 8:34 PM by Kelsey Kennedy
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is only a week away. Stage four is in Colorado Springs next Thursday, then it's on to Woodland Park. This is the first time Woodland Park will host the start of a stage of the race.
"These cyclists are the world's best," says Mike B. Perini, the Stage 5 Committee Chairman. "Many of them have just been in the Tour De France. We have 16 professional teams and 141 cyclists."
Organizers expect the streets of Woodland Park to be lined with upwards of 10,000 people. The starting chute will be along Midland Avenue near Fairview. Racers will make a circuit on Highway 24 to give fans a chance to cheer them on before they continue up the pass.
"It's fun for the spectators, and it's good for the racers as they get ready to make the race," says Technical Director, Locke Pierce. "The official start is actually on the very edge of the west side of town. That's where the timed race will begin."
You don't have to wait to get in on the action. The week long celebration leading up to the Pro Challenge starts Friday evening.
"We've got family friendly movies; we have a kids zone," says Woodland Park City Manager David Buttery. "We have bicycle rides at night; we have mountain bike rides. We have bike rides for kids; we have displays at the library. It truly is a family friendly week. We're just excited to host the world in Woodland Park."
Organizers want you to go see the race and stay all day. A youth expo will take place in the afternoon, followed by a concert and midnight bike ride.
"I had two goals, one is to provide education," says Karen Casey-Svetich, the North Teller Build a Generation Coordinator. "The other is to make a fun environment where people can stay in town and have a good time."
Stage four of the race is Thursday in Colorado Springs.
"We're going down there to support them, and we hope that you'll come up here to support us," said Perini.