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The fourth USA Pro Challenge will be contested over seven days throughout the state beginning Aug. 18.

DENVER — The USA Pro Challenge — a weeklong professional bicycle race in the state — returns for a fourth year beginning Monday.

The 550-mile race will go through mountain and Front Range communities before its traditional finish in downtown Denver on Aug. 24.  With it will drivers and residents will have to endure road closures and detours. All times for road closures are subject to change by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Stage 1: Aug. 18, Aspen and Snowmass

Start/estimated finish times: 2:10 p.m./4:45 p.m.

Festival: Start-finish line from noon to 5 p.m.

Road closures: Both directions of SH 82 at Owl Creek Road (2-5 p.m.); both directions of SH 82 into downtown Aspen (1:30-5 p.m.).

Stage 2: Aug. 19, Aspen to Crested Butte

Start/estimated finish times: 11:10 a.m./3:50 p.m.

Festival: Aspen (8:30-10:30 a.m.) and Crested Butte (noon to 6 p.m.)

Road closures: Both directions of SH 82 between downtown Aspen and Cemetery Lane (10:30-11:45 a.m.); both directions of SH 82 between Smith Way/Juniper Hills Road and 2 Rivers Road (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); Both directions of SH 82 at County Road 100 (10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.); localized closures in Carbondale (noon to 12:45 p.m.); southbound SH 133 over McClure Pass (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.); northbound SH 133 over McClure Pass (noon to 2:30 p.m.); Kebler Pass (11 a.m. Aug. 18 to 3 p.m. Aug. 19); localized closures in Crested Butte (2:30-3:30 p.m.); Gothic Road (2:30-4 p.m.).

Stage 3: Aug. 20, Gunnison to Monarch Mountain

Start/estimated finish times: 11:25 a.m./3:50 p.m.

Festival: Gunnison (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and Monarch (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Road closures: Westbound U.S. 50 between Gunnison and Salida (10:55 a.m. to 6 p.m.); eastbound U.S. 50 between SH 114 and U.S. 285 (10:55 a.m. to 6 p.m.); westbound U.S. 50 between SH 114 and U.S. 285 (11:25 a.m. to 6 p.m.); both directions of the U.S. 50/U.S. 285 intersection and localized closures in Salida (1:30-3 p.m.).

Stage 4: Aug. 21, Colorado Springs

Start/estimated finish times: 12:50 p.m./3:50 p.m.

Festival: Colorado Springs (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Road closures: Localized closures in downtown Colorado Springs; Intersection of U.S. 24 and Cimarron Street and 21st Street (12:45-1:45 p.m.); both directions of Interstate 25 at Bijou Street (11:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Stage 5: Aug. 22, Woodland Park to Breckenridge

Start/estimated finish times: 11:20 a.m./3:50 p.m.

Festival: Woodland Park (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Breckenridge (noon to 6 p.m.)

Road closures: Localized closures in Woodland Park; Both directions of U.S. 24 between Woodland Park and County Road 77 (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); southbound Tarryall Road between U.S. 285 and U.S. 24 (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.); northbound Tarryall Road between U.S. 24 and U.S. 285 (noon to 2 p.m.); southbound U.S. 285 between Jefferson and Fairplay (1:45-3 p.m.) northbound U.S. 285 over Red Hill Pass (1:45-2:45 p.m.); both directions of SH 9 between Fairplay and Breckenridge (2-4 p.m.); localized closures in Breckenridge (3-4 p.m.).

Stage 6: Aug. 23, Vail

Start/estimated finish times: 1:05 p.m./3:50 p.m.

Festival: Vail (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Road closures: Westbound Interstate 70 for oversize and overweight vehicles (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.); westbound Interstate 70 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.); Exit 180 for both directions of Interstate 70 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Stage 7: Aug. 24, Boulder to Denver

Start/estimated finish times: 12:30 p.m./3:50 p.m.

Festival: Boulder (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Denver (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Road closures: Southbound SH 93 from Boulder to Golden (noon to 1:30 p.m.); northbound SH 93 from Washington Avenue to Boulder (noon to 1:30 p.m.); localized closures in Golden (noon to 2:30 p.m.); Lookout Mountain (3 p.m. Aug. 22 to 2 p.m. Aug. 24); both directions of U.S. 40 between Lookout Mountain Road and Heritage Road (1:15-2 p.m.); U.S. 6 at Heritage Road/Jefferson County Parkway (1:45-2:15 p.m.); Interstate 70 at 32nd Avenue (2-2:45 p.m.); Kipling Avenue between 32nd and 26th avenues (2:15-2:45 p.m.); Wadsworth Boulevard between 26th and 32nd avenues (2:30-3 p.m.); Sheridan Avenue between 32nd and 29th avenues (2:30-3 p.m.); localized closures in downtown Denver (2-4:30 p.m.); Interstate 25 at Speer Boulevard (2:15-3 p.m.).