|Official Route Map Stage 5 USA Pro Cycling Challenge|
Riders arrve at 9:45, sign-in at 10:20, race start at 11:20am in Steamboat. No paint on roads, The US Forest Service asks that all vehicles remain on designated roads and trails and that all parking and camping be done in existing sites only. Respect the environment and pack out what you pack in.
|Start map into Steamboat Stage 4|
They will continue down one side of HWY 40. Continuing down Hwy 9 into the city of Silverthorne. This is where the massive I-70 freeway provides the main thoroughfare east and west across the state of Colorado.
|Stage 5 Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge, CO|
Crossing into the town of Dillon on the south side of I-70, the route will pass through Dillon and turn left toward the ski resort town of Keystone, and then right over the small climb of Swan Mountain Road, on the south side of Lake Dillon. This second option would make for a much more exciting race and might result in a small gap. The riders will then reconnect back onto Hwy 9 by Summit High School and turn left for the last 10 miles into Breckenridge.
|Blue River in Breckenridge|
|Bike Paths in summit county (the numbers are in meters)|
Remember to bring all your supplies in the car (or on your bike) for the day and simply head in early to enjoy the entire scene. Plan on being in Summit County in the morning and having a picnic or lunch - the scenery is gorgeous!
|This is actually me. I commonly look like this in Colorado! |
(although I was in France and Dash took the picture ;)
Which roads will be closed during the race? Colorado State Patrol will implement a rolling closure of Highway 9 from Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge as the cyclists progress southward. In Summit County, Highway 9 in Silverthorne, Highway 6 in Dillon, Swan Mountain Road and Highway 9 between Farmer’s Korner and Breckenridge will be subject to rolling closures beginning at approximately 1:45 and ending around 4:30 p.m. In Breckenridge, sections of Park Avenue and Main Street will be closed throughout the day.
The Spectator Guide for Stage 5 states that fans can reach Breckenridge after seeing the start in Steamboat and will be able to reach Breckenridge for the awards ceremony after the KOM on Swan Mtn. Breck is 10 miles from Frisco, the road is a two lane hwy for much of the distance, I would expect huge slow crowds (on a Saturday!) into town as people file in and attempt to park. I think there will be many fans stuck in their cars if they attempt this. but the organizers say it is possible.
Regarding road closures, this is a “Full road closure event”. Traffic can follow the race, but cannot pass. Traffic will be allowed to cross the race route, up until about 10 minutes before the race reaches the intersection. Traffic will be able to make a turn and follow the same direction of the race, up until 15 minutes before the race reaches the intersection. Traffic coming into the race will be handled by CSP in a variety of ways. On lightly travel roads, CSP will pull cars over to the side of the road as the race is approaching. On mountain passes, the roads will be closed up to two hours before the race reaches the base of the climb and/or the summit and begins the descent.
VeloNews race summary: VeloNews: Monday, June 6, 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge route: a little bit for everyone
The other stages of the race will be:
- Monday, August 22nd: Prologue — Colorado Springs
- Tuesday, August 23rd: Stage 1 — Salida to Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte
- Wednesday, August 24th: Stage 2 — Gunnison to Aspen
- Thursday, August 25th: Stage 3 — Vail (Individual Time Trial)
- Friday, August 26th: Stage 4 — Avon to Steamboat Springs
- Saturday, August 27th: Stage 5 — Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge
- Sunday, August 28th: Stage 6 — Golden to Denver