Pro cyclist Heather Fischer trains near Boulder for the Colorado Classic, which runs for four days starting Aug. 22. The race is the only women's standalone professional road race in the Western hemisphere. The stage race starts in Steamboat Springs and moves on to Avon, Golden and Denver. (John Leyba, Special to The Colorado Sun)

As the women-only Colorado Classic kicks off, two star riders show how hard it is to survive in the pro peloton

The Colorado Classic, which begins Thursday, will feature 96 of the world’s top women cyclists -- including former CU teammates -- bent on establishing a sustainable model for pro racing in the U.S.

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High school can be rough. These Colorado teens are making it easier for their peers to get help.

In a state with an alarming youth suicide rate and a persistent hunger for prevention strategies, the vouchers represent a student-driven effort to broaden access to mental health services

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Colorado gun stores still sell high-capacity magazines despite 2013 law banning them

Magazines that hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition are still being sold in Colorado. Legislators thought that they banned them, but gun store employees describe a loophole in the law.

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Colorado cities want to embrace “gentle density” of granny flats, but they’re hitting speed bumps

Could accessory dwelling units — no matter what you call them — ease Colorado's urban housing crisis and help homeowners navigate gentrification?