Here’s what you need to know about today’s bike race
USA Pro Challenge Stage 3 — Copper Mountain to Aspen
Start: 11:15 a.m.
Finish: 2:45 p.m.to 4:30 p.m.
What to watch: Independence Pass climb, Leadville to Twin Lakes sprint, Independence Pass to Aspen sprint
Who to watch: Daniel Jaramillo, Davide Formolo, Taylor Phinney
2014 Stage 3 Winner: Tejay van Garderen
Fun fact: Although the Pro Challenge is no stranger to Aspen, this will be the first time since 2012 that the Pro Challenge will descend Independence Pass.
Live TV Coverage: 2 p.m. NBC Universal Sports (not provided by Comcast in Summit County)
Following a summit from Independence Pass this afternoon, racers enter Aspen on a sharp right turn at Cooper Street and Galena Street and head for a sharp left turn onto Main Street in front of City Hall, where the race turns into a sprint to the finish line between Aspen and Garmisch streets, adjacent to the Stage 3 finish festival. Racers are expected to cross the finish line sometime between 2:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The festival is one of the biggest USA Pro Challenge events in town. Located at Paepcke Park, the festival kicks off at 11:30 a.m. today and is expected to run until around 5:30 p.m. The festival welcomes visitors of all ages and offers something for everyone — live music and entertainment, a food court, local vendors, a beer garden, cycling gear, official race merchandise, information on health and wellness and more.
At 1 p.m., local TV station Aspen 82 will broadcast a live television show of the race and host on-air interviews.
Spectators may view a live broadcasting and commentary of the race on the festival stage beginning at 2 p.m.
Artist David Gonzales, who painted the USA Pro Challenge’s official poster, will be outside the Aspen Art Gallery doing a live painting of the event. The artist expects to arrive early in the afternoon between 1 and 2 p.m. and will autograph USA Pro Challenge posters.
From 2 to 3 p.m., artist Marcel Majid also will host a live painting event near the festival stage.
As the race wraps up sometime between 3 and 4:30 p.m., awards will be presented at the festival to the top racers of the day immediately following the race finish.
Outside the festival, the Aspen children’s fun ride will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Monarch and Main streets. Registration for the event will begin at noon. Children will be separated into 10 and younger and 11 and older categories. The fun ride will finish under the USA Pro Challenge finish truss.
• At 6 a.m., Main Street will close from Third Street to Hunter Street.
• Beginning at noon, Galena Street will close from Cooper Street to Main Street as well as Cooper Avenue, from Galena Street to Park Street.
• At 1 p.m., Westbound Highway 82 over Independence Pass will close at Twin Lakes.
• Also beginning at 1 p.m. and lasting until 5:30 p.m., Independence Pass will be closed to vehicular traffic traveling east on Highway 82 past Mountain Valley after 1 p.m.
• The Hopkins Avenue bus detour will continue throughout the day.
• Beginning at noon, the Hunter Creek bus will follow a revised route that will not serve all of its regular stops.
• The Mountain Valley bus route also will cease service Wednesday from approximately 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.
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