The USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Stage 6

Golden to Boulder

Aug 16, 2012
Outside Magazine
Boulder's iconic Flatirons

Boulder's iconic Flatirons    Photo: Jesse Varner/Wikimedia

Boulder is one of American cycling’s hotbeds, and Stage 6 will feature the same roads that most home-grown pros train on. After lapping through Golden twice, the race will proceed to Boulder and to the final 3.5-mile-long climb to Sunrise Amphitheater on Flagstaff Mountain. You, on the other hand, will finally have a more relaxed day watching both the start in Golden and finish in Boulder.

WHERE TO STAY: Camp at Golden Gate Canyon Park. It’s close enough to the course to make spectating easy, and only a quick drive from either Golden or Durango.

WHAT TO DO: Take the 30-minute-long tour of the MillerCoors Brewing Company and cool off in the fresh beer room while sipping samples on ice-cube benches. If you prefer tea to beer, head to the Dushanbe Teahouse, a present from Tajikistan and the only one of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Mainly, just enjoy the shopping and ambiance on the car-free Pearl Street Mall.

WHERE TO EAT: Arugula Ristorante serves delicious Italian food in a casual environment, but Larkburger has some of the most delicious truffle fries and burgers you’ll find in Colorado at a great price. As always, they're best enjoyed with a chocolate shake. It's technically a super-hip environmentally-friendly fast-food joint, but it reinvents the term. If outdoor dining, people watching, and the community bistro feel is what you desire, look no further than The Kitchen.

HOW TO WATCH THE RACE: There’s enough time (and more importantly, road options) to both catch the start in Golden and finish in Boulder, even by bike.

RACE DAY SCHEDULE: Racing begins at 11:10 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.

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