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US Pro Cycling Challenge Route for Boulder Stage Announced!

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Looks like a killer day:  Golden to Boulder to Ned (up Boulder Canyon) to Lyons up Lefthand Canyon and Lee Hill Road back into Boulder with a Flagstaff Amphitheater (mountain top) finish!  They could've made it a bit better by doing all of super flag (including the 18% grade), but a pretty good stage!

 

http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_20065459?source=most_viewed

 

Mike

post #2 of 7

Now we're talking!  yahoo.gif

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bump

 

This will be here before you know it!

 

Any of you locals gonna get us some pix???

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Thread Starter 
I may try to get there. Controversy continues over the finish of the Boulder stage. It started with a group questioning whether the City charter allowed the race to use open space land. After the City Council passed an ordinance allowing the use, the fire on Flagstaff broke out. In the aftermath, some questioned the safety of racers, support staff, and spectators given the drought conditions, anticipated crowds, and limited access. Now the City Council is considering limiting access to 30,000 spectators who would have to show wrist bands to gain access. Personally, I think they should drop Boulder and finish in Jefferson County at the top of Coal Creek Canyon (climbing it from the backside). It'd serve the Boulderites right!

Mike
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Starts this coming Monday in Durango!

 

http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/route

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It's rolling. Pretty cool being right there:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It'd be cool seeing finish images from Flagstaff and other points along the stages.

 

Click here or images from the start.

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Thread Starter 

Nice Terry.  I'm having my office volunteer for the Boulder stage.  We'll see if we get to see anything...

 

As of yesterday, there still is the possibility that the stage will NOT finish atop Flagstaff.  The City Council gave the right to veto the finish to the Sheriff, and he will announce his decision on Thursday.  The concern is primarily public safety from the danger of fire.  As we had the third wettest July on record and the temps have been pretty moderate for the past week or so, it's looking likely that a mountaintop finish will be in hand.  Here's to hoping that one of the local boys, Stetina, Danielson, Van Garderen, or Duggan, gets the stage win.  Phinney doesn't have a chance with his physique, but he should contend for the Sunday time trial.

 

Mike

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