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2014 US Pro Challenge to have mountain top finish at Monarch

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I saw on Monarch's Facebook page that the Pro Challenge will have a mountaintop finish there next year.  No word on the route.  I assume it will come up 50 from Salida or maybe from Buena Vista.  If it comes from the other side of the pass it would be downhill for a mile or two to the finish.  I have never been there in the summer, so don't even know if the Old Monarch Pass road is paved and they would maybe use that.

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Paving doesn't matter for pro cyclists on a uphill finish, so long as the road is graded to a fairly smooth consistency. 

 

Dirt roads and road bikes mix very well - one of my favorite riding experiences here in the Mid-Atlantic.

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The Giro has had some pretty cool stages on unpaved roads.  It adds a nice dimension to things.

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They will come up 50 from Salida and it won't really separate the field as the Monarch Pass climb is not steep enough.  There are very few climbs in Colorado steep enough to really separate the pro field.  They should do it on top of Guanella pass coming up from Georgetown.

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Very cool.  I looks like the stage will start in Gunnison and finish at the top of Monarch Pass.   I'm sure they will take it over Cottonwood Pass first.  That combined with Monarch Pass hopefully will separate the field.

 

FYI, Cottonwood Pass is the dirt road over the Continental Divide they've done on the Gunnison to Aspen stages in both 2011 and 2012 (I believe?).  Cottonwood was the first pass out of Gunnison before Independence Pass going into Aspen.

 

Here's the announcement of the 2014 host cities:

http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/news/host-cities-announced-2014-usa-pro-challenge

 

Edit: this is awesome news for little old Monarch Ski area.  They are going to get incredible publicity out of this.   I can't imagine there is any way they are paying to be a host to the finish.  Monarch just happens to have one of the few mountaintops where the logistics works for a finish.


Edited by tball - 11/7/13 at 8:32am
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Originally Posted by UGASkiDawg View Post
 

They will come up 50 from Salida and it won't really separate the field as the Monarch Pass climb is not steep enough.  There are very few climbs in Colorado steep enough to really separate the pro field.  They should do it on top of Guanella pass coming up from Georgetown.

That was my thought also.  That is one reason I was wondering if they were going to use the old pass road, I thought it might be steeper.

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