Independence Pass back in USA Pro Challenge route; Cyclists will cross pass near Aspen twice


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ASPEN, Colorado — Cycling fans are excited about the return of Independence Pass to this year's USA Pro Challenge bike race.

Organizers announced Tuesday that some of the world's top cyclists will cross the high elevation road east of Aspen twice. They will head from Copper Mountain to Aspen over the pass on Aug. 19. The next day they will ride back over on their way to Breckenridge.

The pass was part of the race in its first four years but was dropped last year.

Race CEO Shawn Hunter told The Aspen Times ( ) that the pass didn't fit into last year's route but says its exclusion may "have made race fans' hearts grow fonder."

The race starts in Steamboat Springs on Aug. 17 and ends in Denver on Aug. 23.

Information from: The Aspen Times,

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