The USA Pro Challenge bicycle stage race will prompt road closures in the Aspen and Snowmass Village area on Monday, Aug. 18 — the Aspen/Snowmass Circuit Race. There also will be limited closures in Aspen on Tuesday, Aug. 19, for the start of the second stage of the USA Pro Challenge.
In advance of Monday’s start to the 2014 USA Pro Challenge, the pro cycling teams will be staging at Snowmass Village in the parking lots adjacent to the mall just like last year.
And just like last year, there will be closures in place for race day.
In connection with the USA Pro Challenge, Aspen and Snowmass event organizers have released a list of event impacts and road closures.
On Monday, Aug. 18, the major closures and impacts will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
No vehicular traffic will be able to enter Aspen or Snowmass via Highway 82 during the closure, according to the local event organizers. Independence Pass will remain open as that portion of Highway 82 will not be affected by either stage of the USA Pro Challenge in Aspen.
The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will continue to operate bus routes as the race allows in and out of Aspen.
Basically, motorists are encouraged to travel prior to 1 p.m. and after 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18.
The following day, there will be rolling closures along McLain Flats and Highway 82 as the race heads from downtown Aspen toward Basalt. Traffic delays on Highway 82 are expected to be up to 30 minutes on Tuesday, Aug. 19.
There also will be downtown street closures and rerouted streets in Aspen, beginning on Friday, Aug. 15, to accommodate setup for the race venue.
Complete details, including maps, are available at www.aspensnowmassupc.com.
Monday, Aug. 19
From approximately 1-5 p.m. no vehicular traffic will be able to enter or exit Aspen via Highway 82 from downvalley or Power Plant Road, except emergency vehicles and RFTA vehicles.
From approximately 1-5 p.m., no vehicular traffic will be able to enter or exit Snowmass Village via Brush Creek Road and Owl Creek Road with the exception of emergency vehicles.
The entire race route will be closed 1-5 p.m, including Highway 82 from Aspen to Owl Creek Road, Owl Creek Road, Brush Creek Road, Medicine Bow, Upper Ranch Road, Juniper Hill Road, Smith Hill, W/J, McLain Flats, Cemetery Lane, Power Plant Road, Smuggler Street from Power Plant Road to First Street, First from Smuggler to Bleeker, Bleeker from first to Mill, Mill Street from Bleeker to Main and Main from Spring to the Castle Creek Bridge.
The downtown Aspen festival area also will be closed 1-5 p.m.: Garmisch from Main Street to Hopkins, Aspen Street from Main to Hyman, Hopkins from Monarch to Garmisch.
Tuesday, Aug. 19
There will be a “rolling closure” as the race exits Aspen, heads west on Main Street, down Cemetery Lane, McLain Flats, W/J, Smith Hill Way and West on Highway 82 to Two Rivers Road in Basalt.
From there, the course will follow Two Rivers Road to Highway 82 westbound to Catherine Store Road for the run into Carbondale (Main Street, Seventh, Euclid, Weant).
Then, it’s Highway 133 to McClure Pass, to Kebler Pass, to Crested Butte and Mount Crested Butte.
For more information, visit www.aspensnowmassupc.com.