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Roadside camping, parking OK’d for USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Pilot & Today staff

— A few Colorado highways, including U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass outside Steamboat Springs, will take on a new look during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge later this month.

Agencies including the Colorado State Patrol, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the U.S. Forest Service will allow race spectators to park and camp along the race route. CDOT says the temporary rules are in place to keep with the time-honored bicycle racing tradition of spectator access.

Here are the rules, according to CDOT:

■ Roadside parking and camping can be in place no more than 24 hours in advance of the time the race is expected to pass that location.

■ All vehicles, including trailers, must be parked entirely off the traveled portion of the highway, including all shoulders, gore points, divided highway areas and access to private property.

■ All vehicles, including trailers, may not pose a safety risk to the motoring public regardless of parking or camping area.

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■ All spectators will ensure their areas are clean of debris and trash promptly after the race passes.

■ If any area becomes overwhelmed with vehicles, including trailers, or the number of vehicles in an area is deemed excessive, CDOT and the State Patrol may clear the area and require vehicles to move to another location.

The fourth stage of the week-long race comes into Steamboat Springs via Colorado Highway 131 on Aug. 26. The next day, racers will exit Steamboat via U.S. 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass.

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