Today marks the start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a seven-day professional bike race that will broadcast images of Colorado to about 200 countries. It also marks the finish line for the 12 cities hosting the event, which have spent months and thousands of dollars preparing to welcome the traveling road show.
When the Waldo Canyon Fire roared over the hill behind the Mountain Shadows neighborhood in Colorado Springs, Colo., in June, nearly350 homes were destroyed. The blaze reduced this affluent neighborhood at the foot of the mountains to rubble.
C.J. Moore's home on Mirror Lake Court was among the casualties. The inferno was so hot, her stone driveway exploded. Only a few blackened trees sway eerily in the wind where her home used to stand.