Riders in the Pro Cycling Challenge wind through Colorado.

(Photo: Courtesy of Garrett Ellwood)

Riders in the elite Pro Cycling Challenge will travel 524 miles through mountains and towns across Colorado over seven days in August, organizers announced recently. 

One place they will not go is Northern Colorado. After successfully hosting a stage in 2013, the region decided not to bid this year because of the extensive damage caused by September’s flooding.

Bob Herrfeldt helped bring the race to the region last year. He's director of The Ranch, an events complex in Larimer County. Herrfeldt says it was a difficult decision not to bid, and recent announcements about where the race will go have been tough to hear. 

Herrfeldt says the decision was actually made last fall, before organizers knew how far along the recovery would be almost a year later. But even now, he doesn't think hosting the race would be a good idea. "We still have roads totally washed out," Herrfeldt says.
In addition, Herrfeldt says some of the same people who helped coordinate the race last year are now vital to flood recovery. One example, Herrfeldt says, is an engineer who works for the city of Loveland, who helped organize street closures and traffic patterns to accommodate the race. 
"I’m a huge cyclist, so this is important to me," Herrfeldt adds. "But some residents up here don’t have driveways."