USA Pro Cycling Challenge route announced for 2012 race |

USA Pro Cycling Challenge route announced for 2012 race

John Henderson
The Denver Post

Riders round the final curve before ascending to the top of Lookout Mountain. The final Pro Cycling Challenge's stage 6 started in Golden, Colorado today August 28th, 2011 wound it's way up Lookout Mountain passed through the small town of Golden 3 times then ended in downtown Denver. RadioShack rider Levi Leipheimer won the inaugural Pro Cycling challenge. Liquigas-Cannondale rider Daniel Oss of Italy won today's stage. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

This August’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge individual time trial on the final day will begin and finish at Denver’s Civic Center Park, the race announced Wednesday.

The routes of the seven-day, 680-mile stage race were announced, with the biggest news coming in the form of the final 9.5-mile time trial and one wrinkle on Stage 6 from Golden to Boulder.

“There’s a lot of highlights in this year’s race,” race CEO Shawn Hunter said. “It’s 150 miles longer, there are three uphill finishes, we’ve got the time trial and the way the stages lay out, it’s possible you’ll see the yellow jersey change hands almost every day. That was our main goal.”

Unlike last year, when the final day was a stage race from Golden to Denver, this year’s last day on Aug. 26 will be an individual time trial to keep the outcome up for grabs. From Civic Center Park near the State Capitol Building, the riders will take an up and back route along Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue similar to last year with a detour down Larimer Street.

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