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.
When the USA Pro Challenge soars into Steamboat Springs late Wednesday afternoon, Steamboat’s main street will be ready.
If all you know about bike races is that the first one across the finish line wins, don’t worry. Here’s a guide to help you know what your friends are talking about and what to look for as you line the race route for Wednesday’s third stage of the USA Pro Challenge.
How much will Rabbit Ears Pass change Wednesday's third stage of the USA Pro Challenge? Will there be a sprint finish in Steamboat Springs? What awaits Thursday in the hills south of the town? Pro cyclists in Steamboat weigh in.
The USA Pro Challenge cycling race hits Steamboat Springs midweek this year rather than the weekend stop it made in 2011, but lodging numbers for this time around are looking better than last.
Peter Sagan, the 23-year-old rising superstar of international cycling, won his first race in Colorado on Monday, sprinting to victory in the Aspen/Snowmass Circuit Race — Stage 1 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.
The USA Pro Challenge kicks off at 1:05 p.m. Monday in Aspen, a 66-mile stage beginning and ending in the town. It’s the start of a journey that will define the week for many — fans of cycling and otherwise — in Steamboat Springs.
The 2013 USA Pro Cycling Challenge is expected to draw record crowds to watch some of the best cyclists in the world. But the week-long event also will create unprecedented traffic complications.
Steamboat's free bus service transported an estimated 7,500 passengers in 2011 when the elite cyclists first raced through town.
Either way, organizers of the looming inaugural Steamboat Springs Bike Week are hoping a bike-filled week will help showcase Steamboat's cycling diversity.
Cycling fans, it’s time to dust off those cowbells. On Aug. 21 and 22, Steamboat Springs will host the USA Pro Challenge. Spectators wanting to get into the action will have plenty of cycling options as part of Bike Week.
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.
- • Share a photo or race-day story
- • Follow the hashtags #ProChallenge and #SteamboatPC for tweets about the USA Pro Challenge and the Bike Town USA Stages
- • Follow the Steamboat Pilot & Today on Twitter and Facebook
- • Follow the local organizing committee on Twitter and Facebook
- • Follow the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association on Twitter and Facebook
- • Follow the USA Pro Challenge on Twitter and Facebook
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