USA Pro Challenge Bike Race Rockets Thru Downtown Denver

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Yesterday (August 25) downtown Denver was really Bike City USA as the final stage of the USA Pro Challenge raced through the downtown streets. Thousands of spectators lined the eight-lap, 72.4-mile circuit to make noise and create a colorful party atmosphere for dozens of urban blocks.

Tejay van Garderen, age 25, finished in the main pack to maintain a 1 minute 30 second lead and earn the overall victory. Another stand-out and fan favorite, 23-year-old Peter Sagan of Slovakia out-sprinted the field to earn his fourth stage victory and wrap up a spot as Top Sprinter.

I hit the streets to capture the scene, spectators and racers alike.

—Photos by Sean McCoy

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Tejay van Garderen on the USA Pro Challenge podium with his daughter Rylan

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The ubiquitous Colorado flag and cowbell

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Racers roll down Speer Boulevard

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American flags fly frequently in the crowd over the very international field

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Most downtown streets were closed to cars for the race, so be sure to bring a bike

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The peloton charges through the course

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More cowbell!

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Don’t forget to bring a camera or four

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Clark Kent would be proud

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Racers accelerate out of a corner at the USA Pro Challenge

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A tough cycling goal on the “Before I Die” billboard in Denver

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A well prepared spectator: note program, cycling hat, water bottle, helmet, backpack and jersey

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Team cars chase the pack of the USA Pro Challenge

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Racers pass the Denver Convention Center and “The Dancers”

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If you happen to have a pair of these sweet bike glasses, by all means wear them

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Don’t forget your swimsuit?

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Also don’t forget a friend for the back half of your tandem

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Yep, be sure to bring friends or make some new ones

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Plenty of enthusiasm and a strong voice help along the course

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Peter Sagan’s enormous cutout was popular along the course

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Flair, wear plenty of flair

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MORE COWBELL!

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A message from some race officials

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Dreams for next year

—Photos by Sean McCoy.

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