GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- For the first time in the USA Pro Challenge's short history, the city of Montrose, Colo., hosted the start of stage two on Tuesday.
By all accounts, it was a marvelous success.
"It lit up the town," said Suzy Lloyd, an Oklahoma-resident who traveled to Western Colorado to catch a glimpse of the race. "This was awesome that they brought it to Montrose."
Even the riders shared the same thoughts about riding through the Western Slope before heading to Denver for the finish on Sunday.
"It's great being from Colorado knowing that a lot of these smaller towns are getting more people on this weekday than they probably will the entire year," said pro-cyclist, and Denver-area native Danny Summerhill.
According to the race's CEO, Shawn Hunter, fans in the Grand Valley and all of Western Colorado can look forward to the Challenge keeping roots in this area.
"I think we've seen just a glimpse of what we can build here," Hunter said before the start of stage two on Tuesday. "I can see this thing will get bigger, and bigger, and bigger."