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.
The hundreds of volunteers needed for the USA Pro Challenge cycling race in Aspen on Aug. 19 through 21 will undergo mandatory training that includes “terrorism alerts,” according to organizers.
A USA Pro Challenge finish atop Rabbit Ears Pass would do more for Steamboat than another admittedly thrilling downtown sprint.
The just-announced course for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge has some big differences for Steamboat Springs, and this year will include some of locals' favorite road riding routes.
In 2013, the USA Pro Challenge is coming back to Steamboat Springs, and organizers hope viewers come away with Bike Town USA on the mind.
The pre-eminent pro cycling race in the U.S. will return to Steamboat next summer after skipping Northwest Colorado in 2012.
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge announced the dates of the 2013 tour Wednesday. An expected route should be announced in December.
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Road closure information:
- • Map of downtown road closures
- • Google map of Stage 3 finish
- • Google map of Stage 4 start
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- • CDOT highway impact information