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USA Pro Challenge To Affect Motorists Across The State

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Rafael Montiel of Columbia riding for Gobernacion De Antioquia - Indeportes Antioquia leads the group of the leader's jersey through the fans as they climb Lookout Mountain during stage six of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge from Golden to Denver on August 28, 2011 in Golden, Colorado. Montiel won the king of the mountains jersey after placing second on Lookout Mountain.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Rafael Montiel of Columbia riding for Gobernacion De Antioquia – Indeportes Antioquia leads the group of the leader’s jersey through the fans as they climb Lookout Mountain during stage six of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge from Golden to Denver on August 28, 2011 in Golden, Colorado. Montiel won the king of the mountains jersey after placing second on Lookout Mountain. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Denver Police Department have released information about how the USA Pro Challenge will affect travel for motorists.

The race begins at 10 a.m. on Monday in Durango. The route goes through Mancos and Dolores then over Lizard Head Pass and then finishes in Telluride. Highways impacted include US 160, State Highway 184, and State Highway 145.

The CDOT traveler information website (http://cotrip.org/content/usapcc/index.html) lists all highways impacted by the race by stage, and also refers visitors to proper local websites for local road closures.

“The times for delays and closures are estimates and may be subject to change depending on the pace of the riders, weather, and other unforeseen circumstances,” CDOT said in a statement.

The race will finish in Denver on Sunday, Aug. 26. The Denver stage is a time trial. Riders start on the course at approximately one minute intervals.

The course begins at Civic Center Park, follows an “out and back” route along 17th Avenue and City Park, and ends back at Civic Center Park.

Also visit prochallenge.com for much more information.

Below is information released by Denver police:

– The entire route will be closed and monitored by Denver police on Sunday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These will be “hard” closures, so no vehicles will be allowed through the barricades for the duration of closures. Closure times are approximate and most streets should reopen by 5:00pm.

– The area around Civic Center Park will be impacted by additional closures beginning on Thursday, August 23. More information will be available closer to the race.

– There will be no parking anywhere on the race course from 6:00am to 5:00pm on the day of the race. No Parking signs will be posted within 48 hours of the event. Any vehicle on the race course will be towed beginning early Sunday morning, August 26. Notifications will also be distributed closer to the race with additional details on the closures, parking restrictions and more information about the race itself including where to watch and a schedule of events.

Race officials are estimating that more than one million spectators may watch the race in person as the riders traverse nearly 700 miles of Colorado terrain.

LINK: Denver Stage Information and Map

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