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USA Pro Challenge 2014 stage 1 redux

USA Pro Cycling Challenge
USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Peter Wayne

The 2014 USA Pro Challenge begins stage 1 with fabulous repeat from last year, the Aspen to Snowmass circuit race. The 20 mile loop will be lapped 6 times for a total of a 60.9 miles race (0.9 miles for the 2 start lap in Aspen) . The course includes 2,300 feet of climbing between the Roaring Fork Valley and the hills of Snowmass. Particularly tricky will be narrow roadway over Maroon Creek Bridge, squeezing the competition into a lineup before the climb up Snowmass. Starting elevation of in Aspen is 7,900 ft. with the high point at 8,353 ft, about 6 miles from the start line. Be sure to consult the on-line Spectator Guide and the official Stage 1 Map.

It is no surprise that the race planners retained this stage from last year. This is one of the best courses for spectators to view. First, the intimate historical town of Aspen is a delightful place to vacation for the weekend or visit for the day. Next, there are multiple opportunities to meet fan's favorite racers, as the team buses are parked downtown and have planned appearances before start time. Finally, the six lap race provides spectators with prolonged viewing time to see the racers compete.

Quick Facts:
*Roads Close: 1:00- 5pm
Start Time: 2:10pm
Approx End time: 4:28pm
Start/Finish Line – Main St and Aspen St.
Two sprints; Four king of the mountain

Suggested View Points:
Aspen Town: - Tight corners at Mill/Bleeker/Main ;
Owl Creek Rd – uphill section just outside of Aspen
Maroon Creek Bridge
Snowmass – King of the Mountain at Owl Creek and Bruch Creek Roads.
Woody Creek – King of the Mountain at McLain Flats Road

*Road Closures – Access to Aspen and Snowmass on Highway 82 will be cut off at 1pm. Look for signs to parking areas that feature shuttle buses into Aspen or Snowmass, if you don't make it in on time. Further details can be seen posted on the Aspen USA Pro Challenge site.

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