08/15/2011 02:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Road-Side Camping Approved During USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Courtesy Of CDOT, CSP

When the USA Pro Cycling Challenge takes over some of Colorado's most beautiful scenery next week, so will about a million spectators. To help cope with the imminent crush of onlookers, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado State Patrol (CSP) announced Monday that camping and parking will be allowed along Colorado's highways if campers arrive no more than 24 hours in advance of the race.

Citing 'the bicycle tradition of spectator access,' officials encourage camping within certain parameters:
  • Roadside parking/camping can be in place no more than 24 hours in advance of the time the race is expected to pass that location.
  • All vehicles, including trailers, must be parked entirely off the traveled portion of the highway, including all shoulders, gore points, divided highway areas, and access to private property.
  • All vehicles, including trailers, may not pose a safety risk to the motoring public regardless of parking or camping area.
  • All spectators will ensure their areas are clean of debris and trash promptly after the race passes.

If an area becomes overwhelmed by vehicles, CSP and CDOT may require spectators to move. Officials have also asked observers not to paint on the roads (chalk is fine, but not chalk paint). Can't figure out where to watch? Here's a route map of the race's 518 miles.

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