The fifth stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge kicks off in Breckenridge, heads up and over Hoosier Pass, then swings through Fairplay and into Woodland Park, where officials anticipate the fastest speeds of the week. The riders follow that up by cruising down U.S. Highway 24, into the Garden of the Gods and east on Colorado Avenue into the heart of Colorado Springs.
The Friday, Aug. 24 event wraps up with three circuits around downtown, coming off Colorado Avenue, north on Cascade Avenue (with a short jog behind the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center) to Colorado College at Cache la Poudre Street, back south on Tejon Street, and around again at Colorado. The finish line sits near Tejon and Pikes Peak Avenue.
While trying to catch a glimpse of the winner at that finish line might be tempting, this route offers lots of options for race-day ogling. The Indy spoke with four locals in the know on what spots they think will provide the best viewing opportunities. Click on the image to the right for their recommendations.