Efforts to bring the USA Pro Cycling Race to the Colorado National Monument has struck out; yesterday the Grand Junction Local Organizing Committee was denied a permit to use the land for the third time.
It reviewed the 2013 the proposal and found the same problem as past years. The roadblock is because of laws and policies. Reasons park officials say they must honor, dispite efforts by race boosters.
"Superintendents may permit special events if there is a meaningful association between the event and why the park area was created and in this case we didn't see that nexus," superintendent at the Colorado National Monument Lisa Eckert said.
Park officials say for profit commercial events do not belong in national parks. The monument did allow a similar cycling race back in the 80s but officials say management has changed twice since then.
Now the LOC is revising its proposal and trying again, hoping to bring the race to Grand Junction in 2013.
The 2012 USA Pro Challenge begins Monday in Durango. It will go through Montrose on the 20th, and ends August 26th in Denver.