The USA Pro Cycling Challenge takes place August 18-24, starting in Aspen and traveling to Crested Butte, Gunnison, Monarch Mountain, Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, Vail, Boulder and the final finish in Denver. The race is the largest spectator event in Colorado history and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. Spectators will see Olympians, World Champions and Tour de France competitors.
USA Pro Challenge Stage 6: Vail Time Trial –Saturday, August 23
The iconic Vail Time Trial course promises to offer a thrilling day of racing as we welcome thousands of cycling fans to share in the excitement. As we've seen with the Time Trial here in 2011 and 2013, this stage is likely to be pivotal in determining the overall winner.
Time Trial Route
Racers will start on East Meadow Drive in Vail Village, heading west. Then south onto Willow Bridge Road, east at Checkpoint Charlie onto Gore Creek Drive passing through the heart of Vail Village. They turn north onto Vail Valley Drive and proceed up to the South Frontage Road East where they turn east paralleling I-70. This road continues for just over 3.5 miles to East Vail and becomes Bighorn Road. Riders continue east on Bighorn Road for approximately 2 miles until it becomes the “Old Highway 6” which is no longer used for vehicular traffic. It proceeds 4 miles up Vail Pass to the old cul-de-sac.
Friday, August 22 - Mountain Plaza in Vail Village
- Kids Activities, starting at 6 p.m.
- Ice Cream Après, 6 p.m.
- Free Bike-In Movie, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 23
- USA Pro Cycling Challenge Expo, noon to 6 p.m., Vail Village
- Time Trial Forerunners, noon to 1 p.m., Start at Solaris Plaza in Vail Village
- Time Trial Stage 6 Race, 1:05 to 4:15 p.m., Start at Solaris Plaza in Vail Village
- Award Ceremony, 4:15 p.m., Solaris Plaza in Vail Village
Transit-Use of public transportation into Vail is recommended via ECO Regional Transit. Use the East Vail bus route to access outlying spectator areas or for those wanting to walk up the race course on Old Highway 6. See map for details.
Parking-Spectators will be directed to fill the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures, followed by overflow parking on the North and South Frontage Roads (north side only) west of Vail Valley Drive. Use m.vail.com for real-time parking structure updates. Please arrive early as parking will be limited. On-street, neighborhood parking is prohibited. Public parking is not available in East Vail or Ford Park. No parking on I-70. Road closures will be in place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bicycle-To avoid congestion, ride your bike into and around Vail. Be sure to get to your viewing spot in advance of the race start as the course will be closed to spectator bicyclists during the race. There are no alternate bike routes available from the east end of East Vail to the end of the race course on Old Highway 6. Free secure bike storage will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the top deck of the main Vail parking structure on race day, courtesy of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail.
The best viewing areas for the Time Trial will be along the course route in Vail Village and at the climb on Old Highway 6 to the finish. Ride your bike from Vail Village or head to the top of Vail Pass and ride down to the finish area. Don’t forget to bring your flags from all of the participating rider countries and cowbells to cheer on the riders. Bring water, sunscreen, a hat and plan for all types of weather. East Vail Residents: Consider hosting a viewing party and invite your friends and family to gather along the race route to cheer on the athletes. Guests should arrive prior to 11 a.m. and should plan to remain in the neighborhood until approximately 4:30 p.m. when traffic clears. Please arrange for alternate parking as no on-street parking permits will be available.
USA Pro Challenge Spectator Guide (available soon)
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge Vail Pass Time Trial has become one of the most spectacular events to be held in our community. To that end, we’re asking for your help in making adjustments to your daily routines to accommodate the race and our emphasis on keeping the racers and spectators safe. Road closures and traffic delays are a necessary component of the event. Access to Vail Village businesses and East Vail neighborhoods, in particular, will be impacted during much of the day. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.
Temporary Road Closures 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
- All of South and North Frontage Roads will be closed from Vail Valley Drive (golf course bridge) east to East Vail.
- All of Bighorn Road in East Vail will be closed. Use Columbine Drive for emergency-only access crossing.
- I-70 East Vail Exit 180 off-ramps will be closed.
- In Vail Village, Willow Bridge Road, Gore Creek Drive, Bridge Street, Hanson Ranch Road and East Meadow Drive will be closed all to vehicles (beginning at 5 a.m. til 8 p.m.).
Neighborhood Access Restrictions
- Vail Valley Drive will have limited access in a one-way counter-clockwise direction during the race. Vehicles will be stopped at the intersection of Vail Valley Drive and Gore Creek Drive and at the east Vail Valley Drive intersection with South Frontage Road (golf course bridge) to allow racers to travel through the intersection.
- No vehicles over 8 feet in width and 20 feet in length will be allowed past the entrance to the Vail Village parking structure during the race.
- Westbound South Frontage Road from Vail Valley Drive (golf course bridge) west will be open during the race.
- No parking will be allowed on town streets.
- Emergency exiting from Booth Creek, Bald Mountain and East Vail neighborhoods will be accommodated by race and emergency service personnel. Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.
- Forest Road/Beaver Dam Road residents are encouraged to use the West Forest Road access near the Eagle River Water & Sanitation District facility during the race.
Sign up for traffic alerts at www.ecalert.org.
Vail Transit Service 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Golf Course Route-No service.
East Vail Route
- Buses will leave the Vail Village Transportation Center from the top deck on a regular basis and express on eastbound I-70 to the East Vail Exit 180. The route continues on Bighorn Road to the intersection of Bridge Road. From there, buses travel onto Bridge Road, then Lupine Drive and Columbine Drive until intersecting with the race course along Bighorn Road. From there, buses will use Streamside Circle West to Streamside Circle East where they will follow the regular East Vail bus route (Meadow Drive to Main Gore Drive South). From Main Gore Drive South, the bus route will extend to Main Gore Circle and return to Juniper Lane until it connects with Meadow Drive after which it winds back through the residential neighborhood retracing the temporary eastbound route.
The following East Vail bus stops will be serviced:
- Bridge Road near Gore Creek (temporary); intersection of Lupine Drive and Columbine Drive (temporary); south of the intersection of Columbine Drive and Bighorn Road (temporary); Streamside Circle; Timber Falls; Vail Racquet Club; Bighorn Park; Meadow Lane East; Meadow Drive; Juniper Lane; near the intersection of Main Gore Drive and Gore Circle (temporary).
- In-town bus service will use South Frontage Road in place of East Meadow Drive (Farmers Market route) with service to the Vail Transportation Center. Service to Vail Valley Drive and Golden Peak on the in-town route will be unavailable.
ECO Regional Transit
Free express ECO shuttle buses will run from the Beaver Creek parking lots to the Vail Transportation Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 20-minute service. Call 970-328-3520 for details.
Pedestrian Access to Vail Village Businesses
Pedestrian access to Vail Village businesses will be maintained at all times. Fencing will be used to separate the race course from the spectators. Designated crossings will be used for additional pedestrian access.
The top deck of the Vail Village parking structure will be closed from 6 a.m. Friday, August 22 to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 23. Also, Ford Park upper parking lot will be closed from all day Friday, August 22 to 8 a.m. Sunday, August 24. The Vail Municipal building parking lot will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 while it is used for emergency vehicle parking.
Access to Ford Park, Vail Golf Club
To access Ford Park, use Vail Transit to get to the nearest stop; walking will be required. For ADA access, call 970-479-2178. Access to and from the Vail Golf Club will flow in a one-way loop on Vail Valley Drive from the east end of the Village parking structure.
Traffic Control Vail Police 970-479-2200
Traffic Alerts www.ecalert.org
Parking Town of Vail, 970-479-2445
Parking Garage Status m.vail.com
Vail Transit Town of Vail, 970-479-2178
Regional Transit ECO Transit, 970-328-3520
Volunteers Vail Valley Foundation, 970-777-2015
General Information Vail Information Center, 970-476-4790
Emergencies Call 9-1-1
ADA Access Town of Vail, 970-479-2178
Pedal to the Medal- A Short History of International Cycling in the Vail Valley
by John Dakin, VP of Communications, Vail Valley Foundation
More information can be found online at www.ProChallenge.com and on Twitter at @USAProChallenge.