Colorado flooding limits USA Pro Challenge locations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Fort Collins will not bid to host a stage of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge cycling race as portions of Larimer County rebuild following September's devastating floods.

Instead, the race's Local Organizing Committee will focus on 2015.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports the local committee had planned a bid to host the cycling race next year, but historic rainfall raised the Big Thompson River, which washed out large chunks of U.S. Highway 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon below Estes Park.

Contractors are still working on U.S. 34 from Estes Park to Loveland in hopes of reopening the highway by Dec. 1.