This gentle ride with short hills starts at the Montrose Pavilion and heads southeast on rural roads then turns west on Kinikin road, crosses the Uncompahgre River and Highway 550 and accesses Sims Mesa via two short, but steep, climbs on Racine and Ranger Roads. A fast descent and a gradual downhill past Cobble Creek golf course brings you out to West Oak Grove Road. You can return to town via Chipeta Road, or you can opt to head west on Dave Wood Road and return to town on Highway 90 via the descent of Ashenfelter Hill.
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.