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The peloton enters downtown Denver during the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Aug. 28, 2011. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The peloton enters downtown Denver during the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Aug. 28, 2011. (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 and the Denver Broncos game will impact traffic in Denver on Sunday.

The USA Pro Challenge will conclude in downtown Denver on Sunday.

The time trial will begin at about 1 p.m. in Civic Center Park.

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.

The final riders are expected to cross the finish line at about 3:45 p.m. at Broadway and 14th Avenue.

Free festivities for spectators, including concerts and bike demos, will begin at 11 a.m. on race day in the Civic Center Park.

Also visit prochallenge.com for much more information.

Below is information released by Denver police and Denver Public Works:

– 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 p.m.

– The area around Civic Center Park will be impacted by additional closures. On Saturday, August 25 beginning at 12 a.m. Broadway will be closed from Colfax Avenue to 13th Avenue. Beginning at 7 a.m. that same day, Cherokee will be closed from Colfax Avenue to 13th Avenue, 14th Avenue will be closed from Delaware Street to Sherman Street.

– On Sunday, August 26 beginning at 5 a.m. Colfax Avenue will be closed from Cherokee Street to Lincoln Street. It will reopen by 7 p.m. at the latest. Broadway will be closed from 19th Avenue to 13th Avenue from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

– On race day, Sunday, August 26, the closed circuit course will result in the following closures from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Speer Boulevard closed in both directions from Market Street to 8th Avenue, Larimer and Lawrence Streets from 15th to Speer, Colfax Avenue closed from Grant Street to Kalamath Street, 17th Avenue closed from Broadway to Colorado Boulevard, Lincoln Street closed from 13th Avenue to 18th Avenue, Sherman Street closed from Colfax Avenue to 18th Avenue.

– Traffic from I-25 will be able to access downtown during the race by using Auraria Parkway, 20th Street or Park Avenue West exits.

– There will be no parking anywhere on the race course from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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

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.

For visitors watching the Pro Challenge Time Trial, there will be valet bike parking available at the Webb Building located at 201 West Colfax Avenue, just across from Civic Center Park and at 14th and Bannock Street. Vehicle parking options include plenty of off-street garages and lots, as well as free metered parking on the street until 11:59 p.m. Valet parking ($10) is offered on 14th Ave between Lincoln and Sherman Street.

Denver Broncos fans accessing Sports Authority Field at Mile High can use the following recommended routes: Traveling Colfax Avenue from the east use Colorado Blvd. to access westbound 8th Avenue and northbound I-25; Traveling Speer Boulevard from the south use westbound 8th Avenue; Traveling Broadway from the south use northbound I-25 and westbound 8th Avenue.

Use of public transportation to either event is encouraged. Visitors to Downtown Denver and Sports Authority Field at Mile High are encouraged to access the events by light rail or bus. Please check with RTD on schedules prior to planning your trip. Go to RTD-Denver.com or call the RTD Telephone Information Center at 303-299-6000.

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