USA Pro Cycling Challenge schedule, traffic and parking information

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Schedule

— ■ Friday

12:15 p.m. Stage 4 begins in Avon

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Moots Cycles factory tour

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kent Eriksen Cycles factory tour

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lifestyle Expo and Sierra Nevada Beer Garden on Lincoln Avenue. Expo will feature food, official race merchandise, a Kids Zone and more.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Live music at the Lifestyle Expo

12:15 p.m. U.S. Paracycling Challenge start at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue

1 to 3 p.m. Live music at the Lifestyle Expo with Steamboat’s Loose Change

2 p.m. Live race feed begins on the big screens on Lincoln Avenue

2 p.m. U.S. Paracycling Challenge finish and awards ceremony

3:30 p.m. Approximate finish of Stage 4 of the Pro Cycling Challenge

3:45 p.m. Approximate start of Stage 4 award ceremonies downtown

5:30 p.m. Start of Free Summer Concert Series performance at Howelsen Hill with 3 Twins Broadband and members of the Subdudes

9 p.m. Fireworks show at Howelsen Hill

Saturday

9:30 a.m. Pro Cycling Challenge teams arrive at Meadows Parking Lot

9:30 a.m. Lifestyle Expo opens

9:30 a.m. Pro Cycling Challenge Hospitality Tent opens

10 a.m. Pro Cycling Challenge announcers introduce and interview representatives

10:15 a.m. Athletes alley

10:30 a.m. Stage 5 start ceremony

11:20 a.m. Stage 5 starts from Meadows Parking Lot

11:35 a.m. STARS Charity Ride start

2 to 5 p.m. STARS Charity Ride party in Little Toots Park

8 p.m. SmartWool Show & Shine bike cruise at Howelsen Hill

9 p.m. SmartWool Bike-in Movie “Best in Show” at Howelsen Hill

Road closures, detours

The eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 40 will be closed to traffic beginning at 11:45 a.m. Friday from South Pine Grove Road (at the Mountain Fire Station and Ski Town Fields) to Third Street to accommodate the 130 riders in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge as well as a separate time trial race for elite hand-cyclists from 12:15 to 2:30 p.m.

During the time, that the eastbound lanes are closed, orange cones placed by the Colorado Department of Transportation will divide traffic headed in both directions on the two lanes usually reserved for westbound traffic.

The Pro Cycling Challenge cyclists will arrive in Steamboat via Colorado Highway 131 to Routt County Road 14F and then take C.R. 14 (River Road) to the Mount Werner Road intersection at Tree Haus. Riders will then ride up the U.S. 40 off ramp in the wrong direction for the sprint into downtown.

As soon as the lead riders emerge onto the highway from the off ramp, all traffic on the highway will be stopped for safety reasons.

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

At 10 a.m. Friday, Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Fifth Street to Third Street. That stretch of Lincoln Avenue 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 11 p.m. Friday.

As soon as the last racer finishes the race, CDOT will pick up the cones and traffic will revert to a normal pattern on U.S. 40 from Third Street east.

Alternative transportation

Local organizers for the race are urging folks to consider walking, biking or taking the bus Friday and Saturday.

Cyclists can take advantage of bike corrals that will be set up at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue, at the parking lot next to the ambulance barn at Ninth and Yampa streets, and at Steamboat Springs High School for the Friday finish stage downtown. A bike corral will be at the Meadows Parking Lot for Saturday’s stage start.

Steamboat Springs Transit’s free city buses will operate under their normal summer schedule throughout the event, and will offer expanded routes between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday.

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 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 Saturday, but with extra buses on its normal routes from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parking

Friday

Downtown Steamboat parking will be limited. 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

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.

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