Stage 3 in Denver will be contested on an 81-mile (130 km) out-and-back course that runs from the RiNo race hub to the mountains west of Denver on the Peak to Peak Highway, and then returns to the Mile High City through scenic Golden Gate Canyon State Park and via what is expected to be a finishing sprint through the streets of Denver, with speeds approaching 60 mph.
Among the day’s highlights will be race action on Gap Road in the foothills west of Denver. On that stretch, riders will face the toughest part of the course, or King of the Mountain (KOM) section, and dirt roads with steep, rolling hills.
Men’s Race Start Time: 1:30 pm Men’s Race Finish Time: 4:45 pm (approximate)
WHERE TO WATCH
The start and finish line of the Stage 3 race at 31st and Walnut and the east side of the criterium will be inside the Velorama Festival and will require a Festival ticket for entry. (Please see Festival map for race area — shaded in yellow — that require a ticket for entry.)
You can watch the race for FREE in RiNo along Larimer on the west side of the Criterium, and then all along the route as it leaves RiNo on Walnut to West 29th and West 32nd; from there it goes to Co Hwy 93 and Co Hwy 72 (Peak to Peak), up Twin Spruce where there’s a KOM; up Golden Gate Canyon where there is the second KOM; and then back on West 32nd for a thrilling high-speed Sprint to the finish line in RiNo. (Please see Route maps above for greater detail).