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Stage 5: Woodland Park to Breckenridge (Friday, August 22)

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From guides to each stage of the race to our favorite bicycle shops around Denver, we give you all you need to know during Colorado’s favorite road-cycling race.

This is one of the most beautiful stretches of the USA Pro Challenge. After leaving from Woodland Park, riders cruise 80 miles west and north. The stretch of Tarryall Road through Pike National Forest was freshly paved last year, meaning it should offer a smooth ride with high speeds and plenty of breakaway opportunities. At Fairplay, the pros begin an 11,500-foot climb up Hoosier Pass, the highest point in the race. From there, it’s a race to Breckenridge to finish on Moonstone Road.

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Distance: 104 miles

Start: 11:20 a.m.

Where to Watch: Moonstone Road, Boreas Pass, and Hoosier Pass are all good vantage points to take in the day’s racing.

Fuel Up: Order the scrambled egg bruschetta for breakfast before the race at Park & Main in Breckenridge.

Don’t Miss: Swing through Motherlode Provisions store on Main Street in Breckenridge and pick up a bottle of their Rocky Mountain Style Bloody Mary Mix.

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Stay: Enjoy beautiful mountain views at Pikes Peak Paradise Bed and Breakfast in Woodland Park.

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