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    USA Pro Cycling Challenge Visits Jeffco on Aug. 24

    The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will be rolling through Jefferson County on Sunday, Aug. 24, and several Jeffco Open Space parks will be affected.

    The Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park and the entirety of Apex Park will be open to foot traffic only from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24. Other parks will experience heavy traffic. The parking lots at North Table Mountain Park, Windy Saddle Park, Apex Park, Crown Hill Park and Matthews/Winters Park are expected to fill early. Please observe all posted signage.

    The cyclists will ride through Jefferson County as part of Stage 7, which will take them from Boulder to the finish line in downtown Denver. The route comes down State Highway 93 into Golden, ascends Lookout Mountain Road, descends the south side of Lookout Mountain via State Highway 40, loops through downtown Golden and exits via W. 32nd Avenue.

    The route passes through or near North Table Mountain Park, Windy Saddle Park, Apex Park, Matthews/Winters Park and Crown Hill Park. Park visitors looking to avoid heavy crowds should steer clear of these areas.

    Jeffco Open Space would also like to remind spectators of park regulations. Park only in designated areas and do not leave vehicles overnight. All trash should be packed out in concurrence with Leave No Trace ethics. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on trails, and dogs should be left at home for the safety of both the pets and the cyclists.

    No overnight camping is allowed except at established campgrounds at Reynolds Park and White Ranch Park. Fires, including those contained in grills, are prohibited.

    Jeffco Open Space was founded as a land conservation organization in 1972 to preserve land, protect park and natural resources and provide healthy nature-based experiences. Funded through a perpetual one-half of one percent sales tax, Jeffco Open Space enriches life by preserving 53,000 acres, created 28 regional parks and established a network of 230 miles of trails in Jefferson County.

    Thea Rock
    Communications Manager

    August 14, 2014

    Last Updated: 8-14-2014