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Economics collides with a national monument in the West

A cross-Colorado bike race runs into a major obtacle

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Holding that a professional bike race is neither "necessary nor appropriate" for a national park, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has endorsed a decision by the Colorado National Monument superintendent not to open the monument to such an event in August 2012.

With hopes of boosting the local economy and raising the profile of the monument, backers of the Quiznos Pro Challenge had wanted to run a stage of the cross-Colorado bike race through the monument during its 2012 edition. They had succeeded in obtaining the backing of U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had lobbied Regional Director Wessels to permit the race.

Opposing the event were both the National Parks Conservation Association and the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees.

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