Pro cycling comes to Golden

Thousands packed the streets of downtown Golden Aug. 25 for the start of stage six of the USA Pro Challenge cycling race. Mines students showed their pride at the event wearing t-shirts displaying the university's iconic triangle along the race route.

Golden is considered one of the premier cycling towns in the U.S. and hosted one of the nation's largest crowds for a pro cycling race during the inaugural 2011 USA Pro Challenge. From Golden, the cyclists travel 103 miles through Boulder, up Boulder Canyon to Nerderland, before returning to Boulder and climbing Flagstaff Mountain.

The USA Pro Challenge is considered one the most difficult bike races in the world and attracts the highest caliber athletes in the sport.

Colorado School of Mines was a "sprockets" level sponsor for of the stage six start event.