Colorado locals impress in final stage of USA Pro Cycling Challenge

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DENVER -- The biggest cycling race in America finished up Sunday in Downtown Denver after a week of racing at altitude.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge is one of the toughest races for professional cyclists, and it brings some pretty big names to town. But some locals made some noise during the week-long race, as well.

During the 78-mile stretch run from Boulder to Denver on Sunday, the locals were especially prevalent. Alex Howes of Golden won of the final stage of the race, and was in the thick of things for much of the 500-plus mile race.

His mother couldn’t have been prouder as she watched him race Sunday.

"He’s from Golden, Colorado, graduated in 2006 from Golden High School," Star Howes said. "He’s a wonderful young man, and ladies, he is single."

The North American cycling crown jewel has become quite the feather in Colorado's cap.

As the cyclists made their way down the streets in Howes' hometown of Golden and eventually to Wheat Ridge and onto 29th Avenue for the final push, they crossed into Denver when they crossed Sheridan Boulevard.

There was a cheering section on almost every corner.

Though Tejay van Garderen, who calls Boulder one of his training homes, won the race on Sunday, Howes’ mom wore a smile for her Colorado boy's Stage 7 win on on the world’s biggest stage.

"I’m very proud of him," she said. "He set his goals years ago, and he’s done everything he needed to in order to get to the point where he is now. And he isn't done yet."

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