The USA Pro Cycling Challenge announced the 2013 route, which includes a finish in Breckenridge on Tuesday, Aug. 20 and a start on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Covering nearly 600 miles, the seven-stage professional road cycling event takes place Aug. 19-25, 2013 and includes stops in eight host locales: Aspen, Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek, Vail, Loveland, Fort Collins and Denver.
Stage 2: Breckenridge route details
Riders will travel from Aspen over Independence Pass, and through Buena Vista, Fairplay and Alma. They’ll climb Hoosier Pass into Breckenridge, but the action doesn’t stop when they reach Main Street.
The cyclists will turn up Wellington Road and on to Royal Tiger. From there, they’ll tackle the one-two punch of High Point Drive and Moonstone Road, a steep grind that, in winter, tends to make cars run in reverse. After hanging a right on Boreas Pass Road, racers will cruise full speed down to Main Street, with a finish near the Blue River Plaza.
“People might look at Hoosier Pass as the end of this stage, but organizers are incorporating a stretch of one of the steepest roads in Breckenridge,” said local racer and three-year Local Organizing Committee (LOC) member Jeff Cospolich. “There’s a good chance of the peloton regrouping, but the locals are hoping for excitement on Moonstone and some separation of the race.”
Stage 3: Breckenridge route details
The following morning, racers begin on Main Street with a neutral start and parade laps in downtown Breckenridge. On the journey to Steamboat Springs, riders will head north on Highway 9, over Swan Mountain Road, through Heeney and then on to Rabbit Ears Pass.
While Swan Mountain Road may spur some action, Breckenridge locals expect the peloton to swallow up any breakaways on the way to Rabbit Ears. However, Swan Mountain Road is expected to be another hot viewpoint for Breckenridge spectators.
For Breckenridge-specific race information (including day-of festivities, road closures, community meetings and more) as it becomes available, visit BreckProCycling.com. Stay in touch with the race and the Breckenridge cycling community via Facebook and Twitter.
For full route details, check out the USA Pro Cycling Challenge announcement.
Lead photo by Daniel Dunn