ASPEN, Colo. (AP) The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is beginning in Aspen.
Over 120 of the world's top cyclists will be competing in a circuit race between Aspen and Snowmass on Monday, closing Colorado Highway 82 between about 1 and 5 p.m. Owl Creek Road, Brush Creek Road, and McLain Flats Road will also be closed due to the challenge.
Following the opening stage, the cyclists will ride 105 miles from Aspen to Crested Butte on Tuesday. The hilly Stage 3 on Wednesday is a 96-mile trek from Gunnison to a steep finish at Monarch Mountain.
Aspen's Tejay van Garderen is the defending champion and favorite in the 16-team race. The field features three riders who finished among the top 12 in this year's Tour de France.