24 August 2012

Those pesky wristbands

Are you wondering about the wristbands required for Flagstaff?
Yes you will be required to obtain and wear a Code of Conduct wristband to see the finish on Flagstaff mountain in Boulder tomorrow. Wristbands have been available at local stores, but some wristbands will be available tomorrow morning for fans arriving into town from outside of Boulder (locations listed below). Once you have your wristband you can walk or ride up the road beginning at 7:00am. The recommended latest time to begin your walk up is 1:00pm. There will be several bike corrals to store your bikes along the climb. No bikes will be allowed north of Realization Point on Summit Road.

FREE Tyvek wristbands will be available on race day at the three access points to Flagstaff:
1) on Baseline Road at the base of Flagstaff by Gregory Canyon
2) the View Point Trailhead at Panorama Point
3) Realization Point at the turn-off to the amphitheatre (for residents above Flagstaff Road).

The climb of Flagstaff 
Length for this race: 3.5 miles
Description: Flagstaff Hill Climb - A Boulder Classic! By 303Cycling.com
Climb record holder: Tom Danielson (official climb length) Flagstaff - 20:02  Boulder, Colorado: record 2011. Avg 8.1%,  Length: 7.32 km (4.55 miles). Read about Tom's other records: An interview with Tom Danielson by Pedal Dancer®

Here’s a map of Flagstaff naming the important points along the road. The climb begins on Baseline Rd (just under the map key box) on the right of the page: http://bouldercolorado.gov/files/openspace/maps/trailheads/FlagstaffRd.pdf. This is the official USPCC route map: Stage 6 Finish Map

Traffic and Road closures

The Rocky Mountain Airshow is going on in Broomfield adding even more traffic to Hwy 36. Remember the route comes up 93 from Golden to Boulder, then heads up Boulder Canyon, across the beautiful peak to peak highway down into Lyons, returning to Boulder and up Flagstaff. For full road closures for each stage see (and select the stage tab once on the page): http://www.cotrip.org/content/usapcc/.

The festival will be located on Pearl St between 15th and 19th.

More information 
For more information please go directly to the Boulder Stage information website at: http://www.usaproboulder.com/flagstaff-finish/
Please also see the official USA Pro Cycling Challenge Stage-6-Spectator-Guide.pdf and City Page for Boulder http://usaprocyclingchallenge.com/city/boulder.
Now this being said, I am going to Golden. Last year the city of Golden did a fantastic job as a host city. I was in Denver doing my day of volunteering for the race, so this year - I am going to friendly Golden.

Stage 6:

Saturday, Aug. 25 – Golden to Boulder (165.5 km/102.8 mi)
Start Time: 11:10 a.m. MT
Estimated Finish Time: 3:15-4 p.m. MT
Satellite Feed Time: 5 – 5:15 p.m. MT
The Flagstaff climb in Stage 6 is 3.5 miles in length (not the complete climb)

TV Coverage Live

Remember the race is live tomorrow and Sunday on NBC. Watch Stage 6: NBC from 2 to 4 p.m. MT and will conclude on NBC Sports Network from 4-6 p.m. MT