More Bikers Worry Colorado National Monument Officials

07/24/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT - The exhilaration of racing downhill amid red rocks is drawing a burst of bicyclists to Colorado National Monument, but officials say the landmark's roads weren't designed for the traffic that comes with the thrill-seekers.

Bicyclists to the western Colorado landmark were up 31 percent from 2008 to 2009, when there were 13,347 bicycle visits. This year could see more than 16,000 visits, beginning next month, when about 2,000 participants of Ride the Rockies will head up and over the monument, starting at its east side.

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