Aug 22, 2014 8:07 PM by Kelsey Kennedy
The USA Pro Challenge and all its excitement moved to Woodland Park Friday morning for stage five of the race. A week-long schedule of events led up to the start of the race.
Thousands of people lined the starting chute along Midland Avenue to see the racers off. After two circuits on Highway 24, and back through the start village, they were off. The race route followed Highway 24 to Breckenridge. The timed part of the race started just west of Woodland Park.
Woodland Park say this international event was like nothing they've ever seen before, and they'd like to see it again.
"Hopefully they'll come back next year, and the year after, and continue to support the community," said Harold Howell. "We'll continue to support them as they come through."
Technical Director of the Local Organizing Committee, Locke Pierce was pleased with the event.
"We got great feedback from the spectators, and heard from the people with the USA Pro Challenge that they were very happy as well," he said.
Pierce was impressed with the turnout despite the sprinkles of rain. He says the mild temperatures are great for the cyclists. "And there's some moisture in the air; good oxygen in the air. So its a good day to be riding."
The celebration didn't end after the race. Spectators stuck around to enjoy live music, food, vendors and a kids zone. The week-long celebration ends Friday night with a "Bike the Night" community bike ride.