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USA Pro Challenge to feature Monarch Mountain

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DAVE SKRETTA | May 6, 2014 05:15 PM EST | AP


The USA Pro Challenge will take riders to a summit finish for the first time in its four-year history when they tackle Monarch Mountain during the weeklong stage race in Colorado.

Organizers of the race announced the full details of the event Tuesday.

The highlight will undoubtedly be the third-stage climb toward Monarch Mountain that will take riders to a lung-searing 11,300 feet through Monarch Pass. The finish will be nearly twice as high as that of any other stage race in the world, including the Tour de France.

The USA Pro Challenge begins with a circuit around Aspen on Aug. 18. Other highlights include a circuit race in Colorado Springs, a time trial in Vail and the finish Aug. 24 in Denver.