Stage 6 of the Pro Cycling Challenge brings top-level professional racing back to one of the hotbeds of American cycling: Golden and Boulder.
After two laps in downtown cycling-crazed Golden, which hosted one of the races largest crowds during the 2011 race, the field will head toward Boulder and through the first sprint line of the day near the Pearl Street Mall and the races expo area.
Next comes the arduous 15-mile climb up Boulder Canyon to the town of Nederland, then the cyclists travel along the gorgeous Peak to Peak Highway, descending to another sprint line in Lyons, and on to the well-known climb up Left Hand Canyon and Lee Hill Road.
Nedfest in Nederland and the Kinfolk Celebration on Planet Bluegrass in Lyons happening simultaneously on this day will make for a festive atmosphere in each of these enthusiastic towns. A quick passage back through downtown begins the gradual climb through The Hill neighborhood. From here the riders make a final 3.5 mile climb to the historic Sunrise Amphitheater on Flagstaff Mountain. This well-known stretch and its 1200 elevation gain should be the deciding factor in the days racing and possibly the whole weeks competition.
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