Best places to watch, avoid USA Pro Challenge finale in Denver

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DENVER — The 600 mile Pro Cycling Challenge is finishing up in Vail on Friday, then it’s on to Loveland and Fort Collins Saturday. All of that leads to the grand finale right here in Denver this Sunday.

And preparations are already underway downtown.

The most demanding professional cycling race ever held on American soil will begin in the Mile High City at Civic Center Park on Sunday, then head down 17th to City Park. After winding around the park, the race will go back down 17th through downtown, hit Larimer Square, race along Speer and then head back to where it started: Civic Center Park.

RELATED: Click here for a map of the specific route

Race organizers say the key places to get a good glimpse of cyclists from around the world are Civic Center Park, along 17th and in front of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

It’s been an exciting week-long race since the festivities began in Aspen, and that excitement culminated with Boulder’s Tejay Van Gerderen taking the overall lead after the Stage 4 finish in Beaver Creek on Thursday.

All the riders have taken on tough mountain courses and rainy weather, but now they’re headed toward the sizzling blacktops of the city.

Crowds hoping to see these riders up close in Denver are expected to be huge by around 11 a.m., with the seventh and final stage kicking off at 12:55 p.m.

There will be a free festival for the race Civic Center Park, where you can find food trucks, live music and an awards ceremony. Be prepared for road closures beginning today and tomorrow. For a full map of those road closures, click here.

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