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On Saturday August 24, 2013, Northern Colorado will host Stage 6 of the third annual USA Pro Challenge. The USAPC is an internationally televised and widely revered professional race which will bring many of the best bike racers in the world to our community for a day of spectacular, scenic, challenging racing. This event presents a “post card” of Northern Colorado’s scenic beauty and dedication to bike culture for viewers and visitors from dozens of countries.
The Race will operate in a “rolling enclosure.” This is a proven and common strategy for operating road closures for professional bike races. The race will be escorted by a caravan lead and followed by Colorado State Patrol Officers whose arrival at an intersection will, in most locations, signal the beginning and end of the enclosure. Depending on location on the route, this rolling enclosure will last anywhere from a half hour to 90 minutes.
In some locations however, it will be necessary to extend road closures prior to or after the rolling enclosure to safely manage traffic. In this case, the longest projected closures are not expected to exceed 3 hours.
The race organizers are sensitive to the possibility of medical and other emergencies and will “neutralize” racing at any point where emergency access to the race course is necessary, and will be in constant communication with local law enforcement and emergency responders.
- CLOSURES FOR STAGE 6 -
• No parking on private property.
• Vehicles parked roadside must be fully off the roadway (tires outside the white line or off the pavement).
• No parking on private property (including private business parking lots), and do not block access to private driveways or gates. Vehicles parked on the roadway, blocking driveways, or parked on private property without the owner’s permission will be towed.
Friday Night Closures:
• Portions of Mountain Avenue and nearby surrounding streets in Old Town will be closed for start of Set-up of the Finish Line. Please visit the NoCoCycling.com website or the City of Fort Collins website for details closures and times.
• Horsetooth Reservoir Dams: Road 23 will be closed to vehicle traffic from 42C across Horsetooth Dams to Road 48C. Closure will start at dusk on Friday night (9 or 10 p.m.). Access to these viewing areas will only be accessible via pedestrian or bicycle. Parking will not be available at Hughes Stadium until Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. for $5 a vehicle. No camping is permitted either at Hughes Stadium or along the street.
Race Day Closures:
The Ranch Events Complex/ Eastern Loveland/ Windsor:
• Approximately at 11 a.m. CR 5 (Fairgrounds Ave) at Crossroads Blvd. will be closed Northbound.
• At approximately 11 a.m. Hwy 392 will be closed to right turns onto CR 5 (Fairgrounds) , 15 minutes later at 11:15 there will be a full closure of 392- from CR 5 east to South Hwy 257 until the Peloton has passed.
• These closures could impact the off ramps of I-25 and result in brief closures of the ramps of Hwy 34, Hwy 392 and/ or Crossroads Blvd.
• For more information and a map of Loveland’s spectator viewing areas and parking, click here.
• For more information and a map of Windsor’s spectator viewing areas and parking, click here.
• South bound Cleveland (Hwy 287) will be closed from 6th Street to 1st Street as part of the enclosure for the Corn Roast Festival Parade at 9:00 a.m. and will remain closed through the bike race passing through (approximately 12:30 p.m.)
Big Thompson Canyon/Glen Haven/Devil’s Gulch:
• Parking ONLY allowed in designated parking areas in Canyon. Others WILL be towed. Any vehicles parked roadside must have all 4 wheels off the pavement.
• At approximately Noon- Hwy 34 will be closed in both directions at Mall Rd in Estes Park and at CR 29 (Access to the Canyon). Local
Residents may haveaccess by driver’s license identification until the race approaches.
• Starting at 8 a.m. CR 43 will have limited access at Drake all the way through Glen Haven to Wonderview Dr. This will become a full
closure to vehicles at any point in time if deemed necessary by law enforcement. Local residents will have access. Bikes and pedestrians will be allowed.
• *** If you are watching the race at the KOM or in Estes Park, please note that Hwy 34 will be closed from Noon UNTIL the Peloton has gone back down the Canyon and has turned on CR 29. (Approximately between 2:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.)
• Access to KOM (if you don’t want to ride your bike up from Drake)– suggested to take Hwy 36, to Mall Road, Hwy 34, to Dry Gulch.
There will be limited designated parking near Dry Gulch Rd.
• Wonderview Avenue from MacGregor Avenue to U.S. 34/36 intersection; Elkhorn Avenue to Moraine Avenue; Moraine Avenue to Marys Lake Road; Highway 7 to North Saint Vrain Avenue/U.S. 36, U.S. 34/36 downtown to Big Thompson Avenue/U.S. 34 east through the Big Thompson Canyon.
o To accommodate special events and the race, Elkhorn Avenue from U.S. 34/36 to Moraine Avenue and Moraine Avenue from Elkhorn Avenue to Crags Drive will be closed approximately 9 a.m. until pedestrians have cleared mid- to late-afternoon.
o The entire race route from MacGregor Avenue at Evergreen Lane through the rest of the route to U.S. 34 at Mall Road will be closed at approximately 12:30 p.m. to clear streets for the race. It will reopen sequentially as the race passes, with the exception of downtown, as noted above.
• Map of the race route and important locations is available at www.estes.org/events.
• Suggested Detours: Watch for detour signs. Within town, Fish Creek Road, Riverside Drive and Moccasin Circle Drive will be alternatives to closed streets. U.S. 36 to Lyons is recommended when leaving Estes Park; if exiting Rocky Mountain National Park, follow detours signs to U.S. 36.
• For more information and a map of Estes Park’s spectator viewing areas and parking, click here.
• 38E will close as the race progresses from Masonville to Centennial and will reopen as the “End of Caravan” car sweeps the race. • While racing dynamics and conditions make it impossible to predict the exact start time or duration of this closure, residents and travelers should prepare for a 30-45 minute closure sometime between 2:45 and 4:00 on Saturday afternoon.
• To prepare for the downtown finish festival- College Ave will be closed from Mulberry to LaPorte at 11:30 a.m.
• At approximately 2:45 p.m. Overland Trail will be closed from LaPorte Street to Mulberry. (Dependent on race status)
• Rampart Road will be closed to anyone without credentialed identification from CSU, CDC or NWRC.
• For more information and a map of Fort Collin’s spectator viewing areas and parking, click here.
* At approximately 2:45 p.m. Mulberry Ave will b e closed at Overland Trail to College Ave. (Dependent on race status)
* Suggested Detours around Downtown- Riverside, LaPorte, Prospect