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Get ready for the excitement and big crowds!

USA-Pro-ChallengeStage 6 of the USA Pro Challenge is coming to Estes Park on August 24, 2013. This event has the potential to be the largest single-day event that Estes Park has ever seen. Expect road closures, detours, increased security, and large crowds of spectators for the entire day of the race, with some arriving in the days prior to the race. Race coverage will be aired on NBC. Listed below is important information and details are subject to change. Please check the website for new, local information.

Race Route And Closures

For the Estes Park loop, cyclists ride west on U.S. 34/Big Thompson Canyon to County Road 43 at Drake.

U.S. 34 from County Road 29 (base of canyon) to Mall Road in Estes Park will be closed to through traffic approximately 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Resident traffic will be accommodated with identification. U.S. 34 must remain closed between the entry and exit of the cyclists due to the anticipated speed of the race. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas, off the pavement, in the canyon.

County Road 43 from Drake to Glen Haven to MacGregor Avenue in Estes Park.

Starting at 8 a.m. there will be limited access on County Road 43, and a full closure to non-resident vehicles may be enacted if necessary. Bikes and pedestrians will be allowed.

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.

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.

The entire race route from MacGregor Avenue at Evergreen Lane through the rest of the route all the way 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 on our website.

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.

Viewing, Parking And Shuttles

Best family viewing: Around Marys Lake, Highway 7 from Carriage Drive to North Saint Vrain/U.S. 36.

Town of Estes Park free shuttles will operate altered routes and times. Visit

Rocky Mountain National Park’s hiker shuttle will not operate August 24.

Unless otherwise indicated, parking is allowed on public roads outside the white line or off the pavement.

Parking on private property without permission is trespassing; owners may contact law enforcement.

Recommended parking:

Fairgrounds Park-n-Ride, 1209 Manford Avenue

Along Highway 7, between Carriage Drive and North Saint Vrain Avenue/U.S. 36

Estes Park Marina, 1770 Big Thompson Avenue

Graves Avenue

“Lot 4″ behind Safeway via Steamer Drive

Bicycle parking will be available in the parking lot at Riverside Drive and Elkhorn Avenue.

In town limits, camping of any kind is allowed in designated campgrounds only.

More Events

Events are subject to change; visit for more information.

August 9 and 10 from 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Two Wheelin’ History Tour. Call 970-586-6256 for reservations.

August 23 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Community Ride around Lake Estes and Pep Rally at the Estes Park Resort.

Race Day Events, August 24:

9 a.m. Big Wheel Races

9:30 a.m. Elkhorn Dash

10 a.m. Kids’ Fun Ride

10 a.m. Cycling Festival

Safety And Security

If you see something suspicious, say something to any emergency services personnel or race staff member, or call 9-1-1 in an emergency, or 970-586-4000 for non-emergency assistance.

If you must carry a backpack, keep it light and on you at all times. Unattended packages will be treated as suspicious items and subject to confiscation.

Don’t make yourself a target – leave whatever you can at home or secured in the car.

If you must carry valuables, such as a wallet, money, credit cards, cell phone, etc., be mindful of where they are located on your person and that they are not easy access for a pick pocket.

Remember where you parked your vehicle; familiarize yourself with your area.

Pay attention to exit locations.

Dogs must be on leashes.

If traveling in a group, plan a meeting point and times to check in on each other.

Fill up on gas prior to arriving – wait times to get out of parking areas could be very long.

Hydrate! Water and medical aid stations will be located throughout Town, noted on maps and signage.

Check local news and weather just prior to leaving for the event.

Follow directions, park in designated spaces pay attention to staff, signs and barricades.

Once part of the crowd, stay safest by following its flow rather than going

against it.

For more information or to get involved with the USA Pro Challenge, please visit or

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