Next Monday, the USA Pro Challenge will kick off in Aspen as an elite group of cyclists makes the 550-mile trek to Denver over seven days. In honor of this epic race, we’ve rounded up some of 5280‘s best cycling coverage.

An Insider’s Look: Before the 2012 USA Pro, we sat down for an interview with 13-year pro cycling veteran and NBC Sports network announcer Bob Roll of Durango to discover what makes a cyclist tick.

It Takes A Team: Ever wondered what components are necessary to form a winning cycling team? We explain the three types of bikers necessary for creating a successful group dynamic.

Gear Up: The hand-built carbon, titanium, and stainless steel frames built by Texas-turned-Colorado-based Alchemy Bicycle Company are sought out by professional cyclists and bike-to-workers alike.

Land of Plenty: If watching the Pro Challenge inspires you to set off on your own road cycling adventure, we’ve got a comprehensive list of rides (for beginners and veterans alike) all across Colorado for you to try. Bonus: City dwellers can find information on biking around Denver here.

Take a Trip: Moab is world-famous for being a fat-tire paradise. But did you know the road biking is just as breathtaking? Writer Jayme Moye tells of her experience in the cycling paradise just five-and-a-half hours from Denver.

Cycle for Charity: The CycloFemme Mother’s Day bike ride has grown to more than 10,000 participants in 31 different countries. We asked the leader behind this empowering ride, Sarai Snyder, to talk about her newest innovation: Cycle and Sip.