Free parking, bike valet at USA Pro Challenge

There will be free parking downtown Colorado Springs from noon to 6 p.m. Monday afternoon for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, an event expected to draw thousands of spectators.

And for those riding bikes into downtown to see the race, there will be a free bike valet, no locks needed, at the corner of Colorado and Cascade avenues.

Colorado Springs is hosting the race prologue time trial Aug. 22, which kicks off the seven-day race through the Rockies. Cyclists, including top three finishers from this year’s Tour de France and 125 professional riders from 16 different international teams, will race out of the Garden of the Gods Park into downtown Colorado Springs.

To access downtown, drivers should use the Uintah, Bijou or Cimarron exits.

At the start of the race in the Garden of the Gods Park, there will be free parking available at Rock Ledge Ranch. Suggested exits are Uintah (Exit 143) for northbound traffic and Fillmore (Exit 145) for southbound traffic and then head west towards Garden of the Gods.

The first rider will leave from the Garden of the Gods Park at 1:15 p.m. Riders will leave individually every 60 seconds. The last 10 riders are spaced in two minute intervals. The top riders are seeded last. The last rider is expected to finish downtown between 3:45 and 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony following immediately after.

The winner of the prologue gets the yellow jersey heading into Tuesday, a mountain stage from Salida to Crested Butte. The whole event spans 600 miles in the state on the highest altitude course ever created with a final finish line in Denver Aug. 26.

For those who don’t want to brave the crowds, NBC and Versus television coverage will start at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22 Versus will broadcast live from each stop with daily wrap up coverage at 9 p.m.

Road closures from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on race day

  • Garden of the Gods Park, east side of the park closed all day
  • Ridge Road, northbound closed at Colorado Avenue
  • Pikes Peak Avenue, closed from Ridge Road. to 30th Street
  • 31st Street, closed from Colorado to Bijou
  • Colorado Avenue closed from 30th Street to Nevada.
  • No access to or across Colorado Avenue.