The USA Pro Challenge is on hiatus for 2016 — we hope to see the race return to Breckenridge in 2017!

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UPDATED: Aug. 1, 2015

When the USA Pro Cycling Challenge rolls through Breckenridge, one of the first questions spectators ask is, “Where can I watch the race?” Here, we break down the best five places to catch the action. Got a better suggestion? Tell us in the comments below!

The Riverwalk Center lawn is a great place to watch the race. You'll catch the action live on a big-screen and be in perfect position for the afternoon concert. Photo by Daniel Dunn

The Riverwalk Center lawn is a great place to watch the race. You’ll catch the action live on a big-screen and be in perfect position for the afternoon concert. Photo by Daniel Dunn

1. In the center of it all

Breckenridge’s Blue River Plaza (and the adjoining Riverwalk Center) serves as the town’s central gathering place, and that especially rings true during major events such as the Pro Challenge. Arrive early to secure your spot along the race route near the finish line. Consider VIP seating or the Breck Heritage viewing party if you’d like choice viewing without staying glued to one spot all morning.

Another great option is to settle in on the Riverwalk Center lawn – you’ll also want to arrive early, but here, you’ll be in a great spot to watch the finish live on the big screen.

2. Max rider time

Since the racers ride through town before ascending Moonstone and dropping down to the finish line on Main Street, spectators that watch on Highway 9 between Boreas Pass Road and the Park/Main split will see the pack pass twice. That stretch of road is conveniently home to the Breckenridge Brewery and several restaurants in the La Cima Mall. Cheers!

3. With the locals

Those lucky enough to live along the steep section of race route above town need only walk out their front doors. For those who want to watch this exciting stretch (and the inevitable spectator shenanigans), plan to walk or bike up in the hours preceding the finish. The best way to see how the stage is progressing will be via the big-screen on the Riverwalk Center Lawn or using Tour Tracker on a mobile device.

Those who ride up Hoosier Pass to catch the race will get excellent views and a great workout. Photo by CBST Adventures

Those who ride up Hoosier Pass to catch the race will get excellent views and a great workout. Photo by CBST Adventures

4. Fewest crowds

With people flocking to the above locations, the course along South Park Avenue / Highway 9 between the Main Street split and Lincoln/Ski Hill tends to be a little quieter. Stand at one of the corners for more excitement. Beware, though, the inclination to run over to the finish line – you’ll be wading through crowds would be better off heading to the Riverwalk Center big-screen.

5. The big climb

If the race inspires you to pedal, ride up Hoosier Pass early on race day to see the action at the summit. Breakaway attempts may mark the long approach, or you could see climbers jostling for King of the Mountain points at the top of Hoosier. Load up a backpack or pannier with picnic supplies and plenty of sunscreen, then coast into town for the free afternoon concert.

IF YOU GO

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge returns to Colorado Aug. 17-23, with a Thursday, Aug. 20 finish in Breckenridge, followed by an individual time trial on Friday, Aug. 21. From organized road rides to BreckCreate’s bike-themed art exhibits, cycling activities roll all week. Make Breckenridge your basecamp for a week of cycling activities just in time for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

For the race-day schedule and Breckenridge’s week of cycling activities, visit BreckProCycling.com. Or, for complete race info, visit USAProCyclingChallenge.com.

Breckenridge Stage Four Route Map — Aspen to Breckenridge — Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2015 Stage 4 map -- Aspen to Breckenridge

USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2015 Stage 4 map — Aspen to Breckenridge

Breckenridge Stage Five Route Map — Breckenridge Individual Time Trial — Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 5 map 2015 -- Breckenridge Individual Time Trial

USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2015 Stage 5 map — Breckenridge Individual Time Trial

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