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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during a press conference in the Colorado Capitol on April 5, 2011, about the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper speaks during a press conference in the Colorado Capitol on April 5, 2011, about the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) – Colorado parks officials are adding a new hazard for the upcoming USA Pro Cycling Challenge bike race.

Parks officials are worried after a bear entered and damaged two tents in Difficult Campground near Aspen and they’ve restricted camping to campers with hard sides.

According to the Difficult Campground host, the site is fully booked next Monday and Tuesday night as cycling fans gather to watch the race as it passes over Cottonwood Pass and Independence Pass into Aspen on Wednesday.

Race officials are estimating the race may draw more than 1 million spectators over the course of seven days beginning Aug. 22, and transportation officials are allowing roadside camping.

The race will cover more than 500 miles of Colorado terrain, including Aspen, Avon, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Denver, Gunnison, Salida and Steamboat Springs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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