International bicycle race to pass through Westside again

       For the third time in four years, the Colorado Springs Westside will be part of the USA Pro Challenge bicycle race.
       Over 100 international riders are expected to start the event's Stage 4 from the Broadmoor Hotel around noon Thursday, Aug. 21.
       After two loops around the Broadmoor, the better part of the roughly 75-mile endeavor will involve four times around a circuit that will pass such landmarks as Old Colorado City, the Garden of the Gods and the downtown, according to Doug Martin of the Colorado Springs Sports Corp, which is helping organize the event.
       "That's what will be great about this stage," he said. "People in the same places can see them multiple times."
       The whole event will last up to four hours. The finish itself will be downtown.
       The day will require some road closures. Details will be provided closer to the event date, Martin said.
       He added that he is working with the Old Colorado City Associates and neighborhood leaders on ideas to engage Westside businesses with the race, including possible "festivities" in the OCC area.
       Already planned for the downtown finish-line area are bands, family events, a beer garden, several viewing areas and a small criterium race course, Martin said.
       Stage 4 is one of seven in the event Aug. 18-24. The Pro Challenge is using 10 Colorado cities in all, including (for the first time) Woodland Park, which will have the Stage 5 start Aug. 22. The cyclists will finish in Denver Aug. 24.
       Colorado Springs was previously a host city in the event's first two years - 2011 and 2012.

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