Organizers planning bike-centric weekend around the event start
Steamboat will play host to the 2015 USA Pro Challenge and it will have a bigger role than ever before. Steamboat will be the site of the entire first stage and the start of the second.
Update: The 2015 Pro Cycling Challenge will include two stages in Steamboat Springs, all of the first stage and the start of the second stage.
Steamboat cycling spectators will have to travel if they want to catch next year’s USA Pro Challenge live. The 2014 route was announced Monday morning, and Steamboat Springs is not included.
Steamboat Springs police think two spectators who had their backs to the race caused the crash that took down several USA Pro Challenge cyclists Wednesday.
USA Pro Challenge CEO Shawn Hunter said Steamboat's hosting of a start and a finish in 2011 and again this year might serve as a model for the race in the future.
Steamboat Springs came out Thursday to say goodbye to the race it loudly welcomed into town Wednesday. The USA Pro Challenge rode out of town Thursday morning.
Stage 4, the Queen Stage, will be one of the toughest in this year’s USA Pro Challenge and how the top contenders handle the looming difficulties could have everything to say about how things look come the final stage in Denver.
A steady stream of cyclists chose to avoid the crowds and took the USA Pro Challenge party to Rabbit Ears Pass on Wednesday.
As the motorcycles ferrying photographers buzzed down Lincoln Avenue ahead of the racers, people rang more than a thousand cowbells passed out as schwag and others beat their inflatable batons on the advertising panels lining the course.
Weather, event setup and the route of the stage coming into Steamboat Springs all can have an effect on the downtown businesses lining the race chute on Lincoln Avenue.
Jens Voigt, the 41-year old German, showed Wednesday why he's one of the world's most popular cyclists, charging over Rabbit Ears Pass to the delight of Steamboat's cycling fans. It wasn't, however, enough to prevent a wild sprint finish on the streets of downtown.
Before the day is over, Paula Taylor and her sister Cheryl Leschig will have camped out for more than eight hours right next to USA Pro Challenge finish line in downtown Steamboat Springs to see just a few seconds of excitement.
Mathias Frank, of Switzerland, rode to a three-second win Tuesday in the second stage of the USA Pro Challenge, while Lachlan Morton, of Australia, finished second to assume the overall lead.
There will be a period of 15 to 20 minutes when motorists are blocked from entering U.S. Highway 40 in Steamboat as the lead riders begin the descent into the Yampa Valley from Rabbit Ears Pass.
Spectators hunkering down to secure their spot at the finish line will be treated to some unique entertainment before the USA Pro Challenge racers sprint into downtown Wednesday.
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- • Follow the Steamboat Pilot & Today on Twitter and Facebook
- • Follow the local organizing committee on Twitter and Facebook
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Road closure information:
- • Map of downtown road closures
- • Google map of Stage 3 finish
- • Google map of Stage 4 start
- • CoTrip USA Pro Challenge information
- • CDOT highway impact information