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USA Pro Challenge Stage 5 Finish: Road Closures and Parking Restrictions Announced
Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Race Route Impacts Highway 24, Garden of the Gods, Old Colorado City, and Downtown Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, CO (August 20, 2012) – USA Pro Challenge-COS Stage 5 Local Organizing Committee has announced the expected road closures and parking alterations on Thursday, August 23, and Friday, August 24. Visit www.RideStage5.com or see details below.

For road closure-related emergencies on Thursday, August 23, and Friday, August 24, please call our helpline at 2-1-1 (direct number: 719-955-0742).

 

Road Closure and Parking Details

The Basics:

Colorado Springs is hosting the Stage 5 Finish of the USA Pro Challenge on Friday, August 24. Cyclists will start the stage in Breckenridge and enter Colorado Springs via Highway 24 between approximately 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. and finish downtown before approximately 4 p.m. (weather permitting).  For the official course map, visit www.RideStage5.com.

A bike valet will be available at Acacia Park on Friday from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. at the shuffleboard area.  We encourage attendees to bike to the event.
 

The Details:

Information on temporary closures are provided below. 

Thursday, August 23

DOWNTOWN

• 2:00 a.m. – parking lot at Pikes Peak Avenue and Cascade Avenue closed through 8/24

• 9:00 a.m. – Tejon Street closed between Colorado Avenue and Kiowa Street and between Kiowa Street and Bijou Street (through midnight Friday, 8/24);

• 9:00 a.m. – Pikes Peak Avenue closed between Cascade and Nevada Avenues (through midnight Friday, 8/24)
 

Friday, August 24

HIGHWAY 24

• 12:30 p.m. – short-duration closures moving toward Colorado Springs starting at Hartsel until approximately 4:00 p.m. at Manitou Springs

GARDEN OF THE GODS

• 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – park closed to motorized traffic and rock climbing

OLD COLORADO CITY

• 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – no parking on 30th Street from Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center to Colorado Avenue and on Colorado Avenue from 30th Street to Cascade Avenue

• 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – short-duration closure on route above when the race arrives; cross traffic allowed until race arrives

 DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL

• 9:00 a.m. – Tejon Street: closed between Platte and Colorado Avenues (reopens at midnight); Cascade Avenue: northbound completely closed between Uintah Street and Colorado Avenue (reopens at 5 p.m.); Bijou Street: closed between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street (reopens at 5:30 p.m.)

FULL CIRCUIT

• 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – closure of full circuit (Tejon/Cascade on the east/west and Cache La Poudre/Colorado on the north/south)

• 2:30 p.m. - Cascade Avenue: Southbound completely closed between Uintah Street and Colorado Avenue (reopens at 5:00 p.m.); Colorado Avenue: closed between Walnut Street and Tejon Street (reopens at 5:30 p.m.)
 

Downtown FAQs:

Where should employees who work within the race area park?

Employees affected by the festival parking lot closure will be notified by their property managers as to the procedure for the day.  Arrivals before 9 AM Friday will not be restricted except street parking in certain areas.  Departures required on Cascade Avenue will be restricted until after the race ends.   The worst case scenario requires closures until 5:15 PM on Friday.  In reality, we expect to be able to open Cascade north of Pikes Peak by 5:00 PM, Tejon north of Bijou by 5:00 PM, and Cascade by 5:30.  It’s a great day to ride your bike (Acacia park will have a bike valet service, times to be verified) or park in the transit shuttle lots and take the bus into downtown.

Will people be able to get in and out of the parking garages?

All city parking structures will be open for parking on race day.  At Bijou and Cascade, departure will be controlled after 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.  People with all day parking needs may want to choose this lot.  Lots closed by the Thursday build will remain closed on Friday. Public access lots will be open except for Nevada and Pikes Peak, which will have half of the lot reserved for media.

Where do we recommend people find parking on race day?

Street parking will be allowed off of the course areas, but we recommend people ride their bikes or park in public lots and city garages, saving street parking as much as possible.  Significant parking is also available on the west side of I-25 and people can walk across the bridges to downtown.

Where will cabs have access?

Cabs and public transportation will have access outside of the closed area.  

Will traffic metering be in effect?

City metering of street parking is not controlled by the race, Downtown leadership decides on that.

Where will the portable restrooms be located?

Portable restroom facilities will be concentrated in the festival area.  Portable toilets will also be located on Kiowa and at Acacia Park.

 

About the USA Pro Cycling Challenge:

For seven consecutive days, the world’s top athletes race through the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher altitudes than they’ve ever had to endure as they ascend over three mountain passes, each exceeding 12,000 feet in elevation. After attracting more than 1 million spectators in 2011, making it one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge is back for 2012.  Featuring a challenging, 683-mile course with over 42,000 feet of vertical climbing, the second annual race will spotlight the best of the best in professional cycling and some of America’s most beautiful scenery.

Referred to as “America’s Race,” the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will take place August 20-26, 2012, a week proclaimed by Governor John Hickenlooper as “Colorado Cycling Holiday,” and travel through 12 host cities from Durango to Denver.

Colorado Springs is hosting the Stage 5 Finish on Friday, August 24.  The stage takes cyclists from Breckenridge to Colorado Springs.  More information on Stage 5 can be found on RideStage5.com, Facebook and Twitter.

More information on the USA Pro Challenge can be found online at www.USAProCyclingChallenge.comand on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.