Leave Montrose from Highway 50 and Hillcrest then zig-zag north on rural roads across North Mesa. The route follows 64.00 Road to Falcon Road where it turns west and enters the small town of Olathe. Climb west out of town on Route 348 and turn back to the south at the top of the hill. From there it’s another short, steep climb onto High Mesa, a fast descent to historic Coal Creek School and a longer climb onto Franklin Mesa. Turn left on Spring Creek Road and ride east downhill and with a tailwind back into town.
For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure – more than two miles in elevation. One of the largest cycling events in United States history, the 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge will feature the best of the best in professional cycling, competing on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery. Referred to as “America’s Race,” the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take place August 20-26, 2012, a week proclaimed by Governor John Hickenlooper as “Colorado Cycling Holiday”, and travel through 12 host cities from Durango to Denver. More than 1 million spectators are expected to once again line the route to see if Levi Leipheimer will defend his title as reigning champion, while millions more around the world watch the race live on television and online through the Tour Tracker.