Camping allowed along Pro Challenge race route

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Cycling fans will be allowed to camp along roadsides of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge route up to 24 hours in advance in order to get a good view of the cycling competition.

The Colorado Department of Transportation added this one-time exception for those who wish to camp along the route, which mimics the spirit of the European-style bicycle races where spectators camp next to the state highways in order to watch the race from the sidelines, CDOT officials said.

Race organizers are expecting hundreds of thousands of fans to line the streets and highways in 11 host cities during seven days for the inaugural race Aug. 22-28. The race kicks off in Colorado Springs Aug. 22 with the timed trials, which begin in the Garden of the Gods Park and end in downtown Colorado Springs.

Parking and camping will be allowed along Colorado highway right of ways as long as the following conditions are met:

  • Roadside parking/camping can be in place no more than 24 hours in advance of the time the race is expected to pass the location.
  • All vehicles, including trailers, must be parked entirely off the traveled portion of the highway, including all shoulders, gore points, divided highway areas and access to private property.
  • All vehicles, including travelers may not pose a safety risk to the motoring public regardless of parking or camping area.
  • All spectators will ensure their areas are clean of debris and trash promptly after the race passes.

If any one area becomes overwhelmed with campers, Colorado State Patrol may clear the area. For details on road closures visit, www.cotrip.org/content/usapcc.