Steamboat prepares for Pro Cycling Challenge parking, traffic issues


Editor's note: The downtown road closure schedule for Aug. 26 has been updated since this article was first published.

The professional cyclists racing into and out of Steamboat Springs later this month may not have to use their brakes, but motorists here won’t have much of a choice.

Road closure information for the two days in which Steamboat will host a USA Pro Cycling Challenge stage finish and a stage start is beginning to make the rounds. Motorists should expect plenty of detours and parking issues on Aug. 26 and 27. Here’s a rundown of the latest scheduled closures, detours and alternative transportation options:

Road closures and detours

The race’s fourth stage ends Friday afternoon, Aug. 26 on Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat.

To prepare for the finish, Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Third Street to 11th Street beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. Traffic will be re-routed from Lincoln Avenue to Oak Street at Third and 11th streets during this time. Side streets, with the exception of Sixth Street, will remain open until 10 p.m. that night. At 10 p.m., all remaining cross streets with the exception of Fifth Street will be closed. Fifth Street will remain open to cross traffic.

At 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, Fifth Street will be closed. Fifth street will be the first to reopen following the event, with all other cross streets reopening as quickly as possible. Lincoln Avenue is expected to reopen at about 10 p.m. Friday evening. The racers are expected to finish at 3:45 p.m. Aug. 26.

Motorists traveling on Colorado Highway 131 should expect intermittent delays of up to 30 minutes between Interstate 70 and Steamboat Springs from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 26.

The Pro Cycling Challenge’s fifth stage starts at 11:20 a.m. Saturday morning, Aug. 27 from the Meadows parking lot. Racers will head up and around Mount Werner Circle, turn right onto Steamboat Boulevard, left onto Central Park Drive, take a detour past the More Barn in Steamboat Barn Village, turn left onto Pine Grove Road and then transition onto U.S. 40 eastbound toward Rabbit Ears Pass.

The Colorado Department of Transportation expects to close U.S. 40 eastbound over Rabbit Ears Pass from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day. Likewise, westbound U.S. 40 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Colo. 134 just north of Kremmling. Northbound Colo. 9 will be closed at Ute Pass Road (located between Green Mountain Reservoir and Silverthorne) from 1 to 3 p.m. CDOT recommends motorists take Colo. 131 to I-70 as a detour that day.


Friday, Aug. 26

Downtown Steamboat parking will be limited, race organizers say. Instead, public parking is encouraged at Howelsen Hill, the Howelsen Ice Arena and Steamboat Springs High School. Parking at the high school won’t be available until after 1 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Stage 5 starts from the Meadows parking lot at Mount Werner and Pine Grove roads, and that’s also where public parking will be available for spectators.

Alternative transportation

Local organizers for the race are urging folks to consider walking, biking or taking the bus during the two days the Pro Cycling Challenge will be in Steamboat.

Cyclists can take advantage of bike corrals that will be set up at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue as well as Steamboat Springs High School for the Aug. 26 finish stage downtown. A bike corral will be set up at the Meadows lot for the start of the Aug. 27 stage near the mountain.

Steamboat Springs Transit’s free city buses will operate under its normal summer schedule throughout the event, with the exception of expanded routes between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.

The five expanded routes include:

  • A West Steamboat Line serving the area from the Steamboat Campground east to the Stock Bridge Transit Center and ending at a special stop established where the Yampa River Core Trail meets 13th Street.
  • A Lincoln Avenue Black Line that serves the area from the Stock Bridge Transit Center east to stops along Oak Street and then along U.S. Highway 40 to the Safeway and Central Park Plaza before ending at the Gondola Transit Center.
  • The Yellow Line will run its typical route with the exception of not serving the Howelsen Hill area. The Yellow Line will go out of service at its regularly scheduled time of 5:50 p.m.
  • The Steamboat Boulevard Line will follow Steamboat Boulevard from the Gondola Transit Center to a special stop between Third and Fourth streets downtown. The line will avoid U.S. 40.
  • The Condo Line will serve the mountain area and transfer passengers at the Gondola Transit Center.
  • Steamboat Springs Transit plans to offer normal service on Saturday, Aug. 27. However, it will provide extra buses on its normal routes from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit Steamboat's Pro Cycling Challenge webpage.


JustSomeJoe 5 years, 8 months ago

Let the whining about bikes, bike town USA and all things bicycling begin!


partylikeits2008 5 years, 8 months ago

Right you are JSJ it's only a matter of time before the complaining begins!


JustSomeJoe 5 years, 8 months ago

I was hoping my post would cut down on the whining actually. This is going to be a great event for nearly every small business owner in town. Stock up folks, it's going to be a busy couple days.


George Danellis 5 years, 8 months ago

Yes, the cycling event will have tremendous short term benefits for local businesses, in addition to some very temporary crowding issues. And these may be significant, with the potential for some very large crowds in town for the event.

The attention that will be given to this race, both domestically and overseas, stands to shine a very bright and positive light on our area as a destination. I hope that the Chamber and other entities are preparing to capture on this opportunity.

And best of luck to all involved in the challenge of event organization and execution.


Scott Wedel 5 years, 8 months ago

This is a significant event that just happens to include cyclists. It is not the same debate as spending money to market SB as Bike Town USA while failing to spend the money on the infrastructure for bicyclists. Or claiming a major success in painting bike symbols on the side of roads too narrow for a bike path.


Jeff_Kibler 5 years, 8 months ago

Scott, I assume that you drive Tamarack and Hilltop quite often.


heboprotagonist 5 years, 8 months ago

Have fun. I'm getting the heck out of dodge for that weekend. I'll go spend some money elsewhere.


Oshkoshgirl 5 years, 8 months ago

This week-end is going to be so exciting! And it is extra nice that we are getting plenty of notice of the road closures so that those who have drive can plan ahead. Thank you, Pro Cycling organizers! Can't wait to be at the finish line on Friday and see these world class athletes arrive into Steamboat and then watch them race out of town on Saturday!


Zed 5 years, 8 months ago

This is a great opportunity to bring an international event to town.... Even if you are not into cycling, pull up a chair and crack open a beer at the finish or up on Rabbit ears Saturday morning.


upstream 5 years, 8 months ago

I agree- this is an amazing event! The entire podium from this year's Tour de France will be here and that is just the beginning of the list. I also agree that it is great to have so much head's up time on the closures/ parking challenges- Thanks! I am wondering if Oak Creek has made similar plans as the Tour passes right through town and- I believe- there is an intermediate sprint line in Oak Creek. This is a BIG, BIG deal as hundreds of thousands of folks worldwide watch the stage and sprint on television. Can't wait!


Scott Wedel 5 years, 8 months ago

Oshoshgirl, "This week-end is going to be so exciting! "

This event is not this weekend. It is the weekend of Aug 25-27.

The set up for Oak Creek will not be nearly so much as for SB because SB is the finish while Oak Creek is just along the route. So the Oak Creek closures will be closer to when the race passes through.

Actually, Oak Creek could be a prime in race viewing spot because spectators could watch the intermediate sprint and then drive back to SB via cty road 29 to 33 and then watch the finish in SB. And one could walk up the new path from the bucket park up the hill and see the race approach Oak Creek and run down to catch the sprint.

This race will probably be dominated by sprinters because it has been a long season and there is so much flat at the end of the stage.


Oshkoshgirl 5 years, 8 months ago

Scott, when I wrote "this week-end is going to be so exciting" I was posting my comment under the article about the Pro Cycling Challenge and assumed people would know that I had just read the article and they would know when it was, I did not mean it as this week-end as in tomorrow. Especially when I said thanks for the advance notice about the road closures. If they were just telling us about road closures for this weekend (as in tomorrow), it would not be much advance notice. My apologies if I confused you.


Oshkoshgirl 5 years, 8 months ago

And actually it is only the 26th and 27th of August, not the 25th as Scott wrote. They come in from Avon on Friday the 26th and bike out on Saturday the 27th.


rhys jones 5 years, 8 months ago

Who says this weekend won't be exciting? Free show Saturday.


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