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Road closures set for USA Pro Challenge

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

With small towns and cities in France now hosting stages of the 2014 Tour de France, the focus of the international cycling world will shift to communities in Colorado in mid-August.

The USA Pro Challenge will bring bicycle stage racing back to Colorado, starting with the opening stage of the 2014 USA Pro — the Aspen/Snowmass Circuit Race on Monday, Aug. 18.

That’s a repeat from last year when the USA Pro Challenge kicked off in Aspen and Snowmass Village, with teams and riders coming into the area a week before the official race start.

The team staging area will be in the upper parking lots at Snowmass Village again this year.

The circuit race will start the 2014 Colorado tour with stage 2 on Tuesday, Aug. 19, taking riders downvalley — McLain Flats Road to W/J to Highway 82 to Basalt to Carbondale to McClure Pass to Kebler Pass to the finish at Mount Crested Butte.

In connection with the USA Pro Challenge, Aspen and Snowmass event organizers 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 in Aspen.

RFTA 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 toward Basalt. Traffic delays on Highway 82 are expected to be up to 30 minutes on Aug. 19.

There also will be downtown street closures and rerouted streets, beginning on Friday, Aug. 15.

Complete details are available at http://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, visit www. aspensnowmassupc.com.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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