Some of the residents even had a chance to ride along with the competing cyclists.
The cyclists held what's considered a 'mini-race' compared to what they're about to embark on. Over the next seven days more than 150 cyclists will ride along 683 miles of the Rocky Mountains.
There are seven stages to the race. The first stage is between Durango and Telluride. Cyclists will leave Durango at 10:00 a.m. Monday.
Other host communities along the way include: Montrose, Crested Butte, Gunnison, Aspen, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Colorado Springs, Golden, Boulder and Denver.
9NEWS is covering the race all week long. We have a team of journalists on the race route, including Susie Wargin, Gregg Moss, Kevin Torres and Photojournalist Tom Cole.
We will have live reports during our newscasts starting in the morning and throughout the day leading up to our 10:00 p.m. news.
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