Spectators urged to turn out for Pro Challenge

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Aspen’s mayor is urging more people to cheer on cyclists on Independence Pass as the USA Pro Challenge leaves the area.

Riders descended the pass into Aspen on Wednesday and will cross again Thursday on their way to Beaver Creek.

Fans cheered and ran alongside riders in Wednesday’s stage but the Aspen Daily News reported that the turnout was about half of last year’s turnout of 3,000.

Mayor Mick Ireland told the crowd at the award’s presentation that he wanted to see everyone on the pass on Thursday.

This year the U.S. Forest Service banned overnight camping along the road.

 

The pass will be closed to cars through 2:30 p.m.