08 August 2013

USA Pro Challenge in Fort Collins

Attending The Race - Race Day Planning in Fort Collins

PEDAL DANCER FAN GUIDE - Stage 6 - USA Pro Challenge 2013

The USA Pro Challenge has saved Fort Collins for the penultimate stage of the 2013 stage race. I have a feeling Fort Collins will make it clear why they were chosen for perhaps the biggest stage of this year's tour which will surely mark the overall winner of the race. For Stage 6 fans will have lots of choices, in this post I discuss Fort Collins.

For information on the stage start in Loveland, and suggestions on where cyclists could ride parts of the stage and watch the race, please go to: USA Pro Challenge in Loveland, By Pedal Dancer®.

For route and event information for USA Pro Challenge Stage 6 in Loveland and Fort Collins, please visit: http://www.nococycling.com/. The local website offers information on:
  • Complete route description
  • Complete route road closures
  • List of links to accommodations
  • 31 Stage 6 Sponsors
Stage 6 jersey USA Pro Challenge. Buy yours now.

Official 2013 Spectator Guide

Date:Saturday, August 24, 2013
Route Map: Route Map
Route Profile: Route Profile
Miles: 115.2
Climb: 11,855ft
Stage Start - Loveland: 11:35am
Start Location: The Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Circle Suite 100, Loveland, Colorado 80538
KOM points at: Devils Gulch 
Sprint points at: Windsor and Loveland and Estes Park Stage Finish - Fort Collins: 4:15pm approx.
Finish Location - near Old Town Square on Mountain Ave., Fort Collins
Event Website: NoCOCycling
Highways Impacted: State Highway (SH) 392, US 34, SH 7, US 36, US 287
Stage Sponsor: New Belgium

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Stage 6 is sponsored by New Belgium

Road Closures
Full road closure details for the Loveland and Fort Collins area: All Colorado Road Closures for the 2013 USA Pro Challenge Bike Race. Also read local road closures.

Events and Travel information in the Host Cities
For information about Loveland and Fort Collins and race day events - please see http://www.nococycling.com. For information about Estes Park and race day events - please see http://www.visitestespark.com/events-calendar/special-events/usa-pro-challenge/

Suggested race day highlights & timing:
* Portions of Old Town FC, and Horsetooth Reservoir close Friday night.
8:00-10:00am - get in place in the mountain towns (check road closures)
9:30am - Arrive at Start area
10:00am - Team buses and team cars should arrive at start area
10:00-11:20am - Riders will sign-in on the stage at start area
11:35am - Race Start
12:00pm - Big Thompson Rd closes
time? - Fort Follies Women's Grand Prix in downtown Fort Collins before race
11-5pm - Major road closings through out the area
1-3pm - Estimated time riders will be in and around Estes Park>
1-4:00pm - Begin tracking the race on Tour Tracker
4:15pm - Approximate finish in Fort Collins with podium awards after

Photo © By Karen at Pedal Dancer®

Route and Profile maps
Stage 6 : Route Map  |  Route Profile 
Details:  Stage 6:  Loveland to Ft. Collins – Saturday, Aug. 24
Stage Start - Loveland:  11:35am
Stage Finish - Fort Collins: 4:15pm approx.
Miles: 115.2 (185.4km)
Stage 6 Route Map
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Stage 6 USA Pro Challenge - begins east of I-25 in Loveland
Stage 6 USA Pro Challenge - passing through Loveland
* For route maps through Loveland and Estes Park, please go to: USA Pro Challenge in Loveland

Stage 6 USA Pro Challenge - map entering Fort Collins from around Horsetooth Res
Stage 6 route into Fort Collins USA Pro Challenge
Stage 6 USA Pro Challenge - last miles in Fort Collins before the Finish line.
Map of Finish area of Stage 6 in Fort Collins, 2013 USA Pro Challenge.
Finish line location
Stage 6 Event map USA Pro Fort Collins. Official 2013 Spectator Guide
Details of road closures in downtown Fort Collins

For more information and a map of Fort Collin’s spectator viewing areas and parking, click here.
Downtown closures USA PRO CHALLENGE
Stage 6: Loveland - Estes Park - Fort Collins – Saturday, Aug. 24

Official Comments: With a flat speed-fest scheduled for Sunday in Denver, any contenders for the Leader Jersey will have only this stage left to make a move or lose it all. The outskirts of Loveland will see the racers off as they spend some early miles on the flat windswept plains passing through Windsor and back to Loveland. Then it’s up Big Thompson Canyon where things will heat up. Split north onto Devils Gultch, the race’s last King of the Mountains competition, before hitting Estes Park and back down Big Thompson. Horsetooth Reservoir provides one last chance for aggression on its steep rollers. If no one gets away here, look for the sprinters to have their day.

Pedal Dancer® comments:: Lots of firsts for this Stage and plenty of unknowns, with two new Host Cities as a backdrop of a big day of front range climbing. Front range climbs are known to hurt. Roads leading straight toward the Continental Divide play tricks on the mind as the appearance does not match the pain in a rider's body. This route will throw a little of everything at the riders, and he who emerges wearing the yellow jersey will deserve to win the overall tour.

What you can expect at the race - options for viewing the race for Fans:

Choose your experience:
  • Start Area: Lots to see as teams and riders prepare for the days race, fun photographs and autographs. Good for families and knowledgeable fans who recognize the riders easily.
  • In any town: You can sit and enjoy a meal at a cafe and then go to the side of the road to watch the riders race by. Good for locals or those wanting to avoid the crowds. The peloton and support riders will take just over 3 minutes to pass by, but the waiting is short and fun. (Note that rolling road closures occur 30-45 minutes prior to the peloton arrival).
  • In the countryside: You may picnic or hike before the riders come through on the road, then watch the flash of color roar by.
  • On a mountain: Cycle out to a mountain pass to watch the riders climb, and pass by at a lower pace. Lots of atmosphere and fun with the fans. Good for cyclists or those willing to drive up very early.
  • Finish Area: Enjoy a meal before or after the finish. Visit the Festival of vendors and sponsors. Watch a very fast exciting sprint finish to the line. Watch the podium presentations (crowded). Limited rider viewing, but fun anticipation and event atmosphere.

Riders in the 2013 USA Pro Challenge
Teams for 2013 USA Pro Challenge announced


2013 USA Pro Challenge Experience (Citizen event ride in Fort Collins)

In conjunction with the USA Pro Challenge and event ride for amateur riders will be held in and around Fort Collins on the 11th of August. Professional riders Rory Sutherland (winner of the Flagstaff Stage in 2012) and Timmy Duggan (last year's US National Champion) will participate in the ride.The ride is open to all ages and offers a choice of distances 32, 50, 108.

Non of the routes are the exact route the pros will ride on Stage 6 of the USA Pro Challenge this year, but some of the same roads will be used. The event is intended to bring community members together to enjoy a day on bikes. The city of Fort Collins will host the finish of Stage 6 on  Saturday, August 24th. The nearby city of Loveland will host the start of Stage 6 (seven stages total).

Event Date: Sunday, August 11, 2013
Event: First annual Larimer County Pro Challenge Experience Presented by UnitedHealthcare
Start/Finish: New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, Colorado
Register: PreRace.com register for USA Pro Experience
3 routes: see route maps

The start, finish, expo and party will take place at the New Belgium Brewery in Fort Collins, CO.
·       108-milers - 6:30 a.m.  route details $65
·       50-milers - 7:00 a.m.    route details $65
·       32-milers – 7:30 a.m.    route details $35 under 14, $55 >14

108 mile USA Pro Challenge Experience route map
August 24th, prior to the Stage 6 finish in Fort Collins. More information


Other PEDAL DANCER FAN GUIDES - USA Pro Challenge city event guides, route maps, road closures, and stage start and finish times.

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