New race to feature 12K-foot peaks
DENVER -- The inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge in August will feature the two highest climbs in competitive international cycling history on the same stage.
The jewel of the nearly 500-mile course through mountain and metro roads is the Queen's Stage from Gunnison to Aspen on Aug. 24, the third day of the weeklong race. It includes ascents over 12,126-foot Cottonwood Pass and 12,095-foot Independence Pass, where oxygen levels are close to half of what they are at sea level.
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