Steamboat events, road closures related to USA Pro Challenge addressed at forum

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The USA Pro Challenge released the route for the 2013 edition of the cycling race across Colorado. Steamboat Springs hosts the end of Stage 3 and the beginning of Stage 4.

— From 1 p.m. Aug. 20 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 22, navigating Steamboat Springs will take some planning.

The USA Pro Challenge stage finish and start in Steamboat will bring visitors from across the county, a full week of events and a spate of road closures.

Members of the local organizing committee hosted a community forum Monday night to brief the public on the impacts of the cycling race on Steamboat. More information is available at www.steamboatprocycling.com, along with Google Maps showing closures, parking areas and other information. The Colorado Department of Transportation has more information about highway closures for the USA Pro Challenge on its website and www.cotrip.org.

Dubbed Bike Week, the Steamboat Stinger, Enduro-X race series events and group rides led by Moots and Kent Eriksen Cycles will take place around the days the USA Pro Challenge is in town. A bike-in movie night will be held at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. Shorts from the 5Point Film Festival will be screened starting at 8:45 p.m. Festivities will continue on Lincoln Avenue from 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 21.

The road closures will begin at 1 p.m. Aug. 20. Traffic will be routed around Lincoln Avenue through the downtown area. From 11th Street through Third Street, traffic will be diverted to Oak Street. Side streets off Lincoln Avenue will be closed by Tuesday night.

As the racers near Steamboat Springs on Aug. 21, the westbound lane of U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass will close at 1 p.m. It will be closed for about three hours. Eastbound traffic will continue, and motorists also can travel south on Colorado Highway 131.

The next closure point for U.S. 40 will be where the highway splits near Walton Creek Road. At about 3 p.m. Aug. 21, westbound traffic will be diverted into the eastbound lane.

The racers are expected to finish at about 4:45 p.m. at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Stage 4 will pick up Aug. 22 at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Events at Gondola Square will begin at about 9 a.m., and spectators will have the chance to interact with the riders. Racers will leave the promenade, passing in front of One Steamboat Place and heading onto Mount Werner Circle. They will continue down Mount Werner Road and take a right on Pine Grove Road. Lincoln Avenue will be closed from Pine Grove Road to 13th Street for 30 minutes as the racers pass through.

“The race really won’t start till they turn on 13th,” said Jim Schneider, a member of the organizing committee. “Then they’ll let them go.”

Until that point, it will be more of a parade pace, he said.

The racers will head south on Twentymile Road, and Highway 131 will be closed by Colorado State Patrol as the riders make their way south to Beaver Creek.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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