USA Pro Challenge Breck Events Schedule

2011 cruiser parade during Breckenridge Stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Race day brings professionals and plenty of fun to Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo courtesy Carl Scofield

Tuesday, Aug. 20

Main St, Park Ave. and other road closures.

  • 8:30am: Ride with BMC rider George Hincapie, presented by Breck Bike Guides. must RSVP
  • 11:00am: Race Coverage of Stage 2 on the Jumbotron (live video feed begins at 2pm) - Riverwalk Center Lawn
  • 1:00pm: Finish Festival opens - Tiger Dredge lot (RWC parking)
  • 1:00pm: Summit Mountain Challenge (SMC) Mountain Bike Junior League Street Sprints
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm: RipStoke Mountain Bike Show
  • 2:00pm: Pine Beatles free concert  - Finish Festival Stage
  • 3:30pm: ETA Stage 2 Finish into Breckenridge (subject to change)
  • 3:45pm: Awards presentation for Stage 2 of U.S.A Pro Challenge – Finish Festival stage
  • 4:15pm: Summit Mountain Challenge (SMC) #6 - Peaks Trail TT
  • 5:30pm: Railroad Earth Concert - Riverwalk Center
    The New Jersey-based “newgrass” band will play a free concert at the Riverwalk Center on Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30pm to welcome the cyclists to town (doors open at 5:00pm). The band just played a wildly successful show at Red Rocks and we’re honored to have them here in town. Learn More.
  • 6:00pm: Finish Festival Village closes
  • 6:00 pm: Meet & Greet with George Hincapie – Breck Bike Guides, 114 Lincoln Street

Wednesday, Aug. 21
Main St., Park Ave., and other road closures.

  • 9:30am: Start Festival Village Opens - Blue River Plaza
  • 9:30am: Autograph Alley opens - Main St.
  • 9:30am: Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Strider Challenge, presented by Stork & Bear – Main Street
    * For kids ages 2-5. Register today at Stork & Bear (610 Main St in Frisco), or day of event, by 9:00am at the Stork & Bear booth in Blue River Plaza. 970.668.5937 for more info.
  • 10:00am – 12:00pm: RipStoke Mountain Bike Show
  • 11:00am: Live Race Coverage of Stage 3 on Jumbotron (live video feed begins at 2pm)Riverwalk Center Lawn
  • 12:10pm: Estimated start time for stage 3
  • 1:00pm: Funkadelic Pond Crossing Challenge, presented by Maverick Sports Promotions  - Dredge Pond
  • 5:00pm: BRC August Mixer - Alpine Bank
    Bike to the August Breckenridge Resort Chamber’s Mixer to meet and mingle with local business owners. Learn the latest on town happenings and initiatives and enjoy some free passed hors d’oeuvres.


Thursday, Aug. 22

  • 11:00am: Live race coverage of stage 4 on the Jumbotron (live video feed begins at 2pm) - Riverwalk Center lawn
  • 8:00pm: Bike-In Movie Night: “Caddyshack” - back deck of the Warming Hut Restaurant

Friday, Aug. 23

  • 11:00am: Live race coverage of stage 5 on the Jumbotron (live video feed begins at 2pm) – Riverwalk Center Lawn
  • 5:30pm: Bike-In Movie Night: “American Flyers” presented by the Breckenridge Restaurant Association – Riverwalk Center Lawn

* no outside alcohol allowed, alcohol available on site

Saturday, Aug. 24

  • 11:00am:  Live race coverage of stage 6 on the Jumbotron (live video feed begins at 2pm) - Riverwalk Center Lawn
  • 5:30pm: Bike In Movie Night: “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” presented by the Breckenridge Restaurant Association – Riverwalk Center Lawn
    * no outside alcohol allowed, alcohol available on site

Sunday, Aug. 25

  • 11:00am: Live race coverage of stage 7 on the Jumbotron (live video feed begins at 2pm) - Riverwalk Center Lawn

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The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Strider Challenge, presented by Stork & Bear

Be sure to check out the The Grand Lodge on Peak 7 Strider Challenge, presented by Stork & Bear at 9:30am on Main Street.

*For kids ages 2-5. Register today at Stork & Bear (610 Main St in Frisco), or day of event, by 9:00am at the Stork & Bear booth in Blue River Plaza. 970.668.5937 for more info. – Here is a little peak some of dedicated racers ….

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USA Pro Challenge – Transit Information

8/20/13 Free Ride – Daily Scheduled Service Plan – Tuesday

  • Last Yellow Route Departs Breck Station at: 12:45 PM
  • Last Purple Route Departs Breck Station at: 1:15 PM
  • Last Brown Route Departs Breck Station at: 12:45 PM
  • Last Black Route Departs Breck Station at: 1:45 PM

Note: The Town Hall bus stop will not be serviced on the last Purple and Black routes.

The parking lot shuttle will continue to operate. Only scheduled service will stop.

  • First Yellow Route after Race: 5:15 PM
  • First Purple Route after Race: 5:15 PM
  • First Brown Route after Race: 5:45 PM
  • First Black Route after Race: 5:15 PM

8/20/13 Summit Stage – Daily Scheduled Service Plan – Tuesday

Starting at 1:05 PM, Breckenridge to Boreas Pass scheduled service will be modified to have limited service departing from and returning to the Ice Arena. Normal operations on the Boreas Pass Route will resume at 5:10 PM.

Breckenridge Service Change for 8/20/13
Starting with the 2:00 PM bus departing from Frisco to Breckenridge, we will have an alternate terminus point. We will be using the Loaf & Jug/City Market bus stop located on Park Avenue on the north side of the City Market shopping center. All scheduled buses for Frisco/Breckenridge and Breckenridge/Frisco will arrive and depart from this alternate location between 2:00 pm and 4:45 pm on 8/20/13.

With optimal race timing as scheduled the following will be the service recovery times to resume service from Breckenridge Station:
First bus from Breckenridge to Boreas Pass: 5:10 PM
First bus departing from Frisco arriving directly into Breckenridge Station: 5:00PM First bus departing from Breckenridge Station to Frisco: 5:15 PM

  • Transit patrons are encouraged to plan their trips in advance
  • This is a pet-free event. For safety reasons, dogs (leashed or unleashed) are not allowed along the race course.
  • Please note that only legitimate ADA service animals may board a transit vehicle. Patrons with special accommodation needs are encouraged to call Mountain Mobility at (970) 389-1041 at least 48 hours before either Race Day.
  • The Summit Stage: 970-668-0999
  • Breckenridge Free Ride: (970) 547-3140

8/21/13 Free Ride – Daily Scheduled Service Plan – Wednesday Free Ride will cease all operation at 10:45AM.

    Last Yellow Route Departs Breck Station at: 10:15 AM
    Last Purple Route Departs Breck Station at: 10:15 AM
    Last Brown Route Departs Breck Station at: 9:45 AM
    Last Black Route Departs Breck Station at: 10:15 AM

    First Yellow Route after Race: 1:15 PM
    First Purple Route after Race: 1:15 PM
    First Brown Route after Race: 1:45 PM
    First Black Route after Race: 1:15 PM

8/21/13 Summit Stage – Daily Scheduled Service Plan – Wednesday
All Summit Stage operations system-wide will cease at 10:30 am. This is due to rolling road closures and the need to have buses in position when normal operations may resume following the race’s departure from Summit County.

    Last bus to Breckenridge departs Frisco at 9:30 AM
    Last bus from Breckenridge to Frisco departs at 9:45AM
    Last bus from Breckenridge to Boreas Pass departs at 9:10AM
    Last bus from Copper Mountain to Frisco: 10:00AM
    Last bus from Frisco to Copper Mountain: 9:30AM
    Last bus from Frisco to Silverthorne: 10:00AM
    Last bus from Silverthorne to Frisco: 10:15AM
    Last bus from Silverthorne on the Silverthorne Loop: 9:45AM
    Last bus from Silverthorne to Keystone: 9:15AM
    Last bus from Keystone to Silverthorne: 10:00AM
    Last Bus from Silverthorne to Wildernest: 10:15AM

With optimal race timing as scheduled the following will be the service recovery times:

    First bus from Breckenridge to Frisco: 1:15 PM
    First bus from Breckenridge to Boreas Pass: 1:40 PM
    First bus from Frisco to Breckenridge: 1:00 PM
    First bus from Frisco to Copper Mountain: 1:00 PM
    First bus from Copper Mountain to Frisco: 1:30 PM
    First bus from Frisco to Silverthorne: 1:30 PM
    First bus from Silverthorne to Frisco: 1:45 PM
    First bus from Silverthorne on the Silverthorne Loop: 1:45 PM
    First bus from Silverthorne to Keystone: 1:45 PM
    First bus from Keystone to Silverthorne: 1:30 PM
    First bus from Silverthorne to Wildernest: 2:15PM

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Interview with professional cyclist Taylor Shelden

I recently had a chance to talk with Taylor Shelden, professional road cyclist with the 5 Hour Energy presented by Kenda cycling team. Taylor grew up in Breckenridge before the call of a professional cycling career took him down to Boulder. His first taste of competitive cycling was with the Brckenridge-based Maverick Sports Promotions’ MTB Junior League program.

Breckprocycling: How did you get into cycling?

Taylor: As you said, first races I did were the MTB Junior League program, put on by Mike McCormack and Jeff Westcott. My dad had just gotten a mountain bike, I think I was 15 maybe. And I was old enough at that time that we were pretty much the same size, so I fit on it well enough. I just hopped on it and really enjoyed it, and I wanted to get into competition. So yeah, the Wednesday night local series was the beginning.

Breckprocycling: Knowing your mom & dad a little bit, you obviously come from a very athletic family. Were you into any other type of competitive athletics before you hopped on a mountain bike?

Taylor: No, I played soccer, soccer was definitely my major sport from when I was 5 or 6, all the way through high school. And I played other sports, baseball and basketball, but I never really had great hand-eye coordination. And I did some running, cross-country running in middle-school, but that wasn’t very much fun compared to cycling.

Breckprocycling: So you finished school a couple years ago, tell us a bit about that. Where did you go to school and what did you study?

Taylor: University of Denver, graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. It took me 5 years, but I got it done. Um, cycling held me up a little bit in the end, but I had good time management skills and made it happen.

Breckprocycling: Nice. I’m sure it’s not like basketweaving, I think there are some pretty serious classes involved like calculus, and physics and drafting. That is not an easy major from what I understand, so hats off to you!

Breckprocycling: So we’ve been following you since you left town, from when Vaughters first gave you a chance with the Slipstream program. Last year, you were on the Competitive Cyclist professional racing team. Is this your first season on the 5 Hour Energy Kenda team?

Taylor: Yes, our team last year, Competitive Cyclist, merged with the 5 Hour Energy p/b Kenda team. Some of the same riders from last year, the same management and some of the same staff all hve come together this year.

Breckprocycling: So it looks like the team is based around Francisco Mancebo and going for General Classification (GC, overall wins), or are there some criterium specialists also? What’s the makeup of the team?

Taylor: That is spot on, #1 goal is Mancebo getting the GC wins on the NRC (National Racing Calendar), and also the team classification.

Breckprocycling: So is the team broken up into diff travelling components, like 1 group racing in one region, and a different group in a different part of the country?

Taylor: The team is a little bit too small to run a split squad, so we have our kind of core group of 8 guys, and then a couple other guys that will sub in as needed if someone is sick, injured or tired. And that works pretty well.

Breckprocycling: How has the season been going for you personally?

Taylor: It’s been really good. The team has won some races. We had an opportunity to go over to Spain for a race ov there, and that was my best race result. Since then, been back for a couple months. Lots of good racing. Had a teammate win a stage at the Cascade Cycling Classic, and another podium result too. Our GC guy, Mancebo, is leading the individual for the NRC series, and we’re 2nd in the team classification.

Breckprocycling: So between seeing your dad in the grocery store throughout the winter and in the spring, and also by reading your blog posts,  I know the team’s invitation to the Amgen Tour of California was a big deal, probably one of the highlights of the season. I know with you personally, it looked like you had a tough time with the excessive heat down in the valleys one day. Can you tell us about that?

Taylor: For me, yeah, not the best. I came into it with some pretty good form and some high hopes, and, yeah, just suffered pretty hard in the heat. I had a critical meltdown of my body in the heat. But the team overall rode well. I think we had 1, maybe 2, podium spots. Finished in the top 10 in GC, and a couple days we had a guy in the most aggressive rider jersey. So overall, a lot of exposure for the sponsors and the team rode really well together.

Breckprocycling: Excellent. Was the team hoping for an invite to the USA Pro Cycling Challenge back in the winter or spring?

Taylor: Yeah, we certainly were. We thought that after getting invited to California (the Amgen Tour of California), that we had a pretty good chance. But there are a lot of good domestic teams this year, so we knew it would be challenging for sure. We had our fingers crossed, but will have to look forward to next year.

Breckprocycling: With that said, are you going to be in Colorado during the USA Pro Challenge, or will you be out racing?

Taylor: I think I will be around in Colorado, so yeah, we’ll see…maybe get out and watch a couple of stages.

Breckprocycling: So what are the major races left on the schedule for the team this year?

Taylor: We have about 10 days until the Tour of Utah, and then the last season-ending race for the team is the Tour of Alberta up in Canada.

Breckprocycling: And that will conclude the season, maybe around Labor Day or in early September?

Taylor: Yeah, maybe some local races after, mountain biking here or there, but that will be the last race.

Breckprocycling: Are there any events in particular remaining this year that the team management may have given you a little bit more freedom to pursue an individual result, or does that always take a backseat to the team’s overall objectives?

Taylor: I think that in Utah (the Tour of Utah), a climbing race, we’ll be looking after Mancebo. But at the bigger races, we are given a little bit more freedom. We don’t seem to have to ride at the front and control things like we do at some of the smaller races. And then, the upcoming Tour of Alberta, the characteristics of the race suit me well, so I hope for a result or two there.

Breckprocycling: Speaking beyond this season, are you 25 or 26? And what are your long-term goals in cycling?

Taylor: 26. Definitely racing over in Europe is a dream of mine. I’ve done it pretty much every year the last 5 years or so. But just a race or two each year. Being able to get over there and race in a full-time program would be pretty awesome.

Breckprocycling: You live down in the Front Range now?

Taylor: Yes, Louisville.

Breckprocycling: Do you do the majority of your training alone, or with some friends or teammates? Fav rides on the Front Range?

Taylor: I’d say I do the majority of my training solo. Just easier to focus on intervals or efforts that way. But yeah, there are lots of pro cyclists around here and in Boulder. So there are a couple guys I try to get out with once or twice a week to mix it up and keep it fresh. For rides, any of the climbs in the foothills are solid. Coal Creek Canyon might be my favorite climb around here.

Breckprocycling: Do you remember, I think in 2003, when they had the Boulder to Breckenridge race, the Saturn Cycling Classic? Did you ever go and check that out?

Taylor: I was living in Breck then, so right about when I was just getting into cycling, so I wasn’t following it much. I did watch the finish in Breckenridge once. But it did help spark my interest in road cycling.

Breckprocycling : Which riders were most inspirational to you? Any one individual figure that was most instrumental in your success so far?

Taylor: I didn’t really follow cycling much when I got into it. There is no 1 person that I was enamored with. If anything, probably my dad, he was always getting out and training. As far as a coach/manager person, Roy Pickivens (sp?), he worked at Howard Head Medical Center, and he got our first road team together, sponsored by Century Tel. He did the professional cycling thing when he was younger, and he wanted to bring a team to the highcountry. So probably the most influential person that got me into road cycling.

Breckprocycling: So you are married now?

Taylor: Yes, 10months now, her name is Courtney.

Breckprocycling: How did you all meet?

Taylor: We were both on ski teams at the University of Denver, she was on the downhill team and I was on the cross country team. Not too much interaction, but both teams would go to the same races. We’d see each other outside of the locker rooms, but yeah that’s how we met.

Breckprocycling: To conclude here, a couple last questions…what do you miss most about Breck?

Taylor: The mountains for sure, just being able to walk out your door and go ride on trails. Not that Louisville is super populous, but the small town feel. The views, the mountains.

Breckprocycling: Was there any certain road ride or route that you would hit up when you are back here in Summit?

Taylor: I like the Loveland Pass climb, down to Loveland Ski Area, and flipping it back up and coming back over again. Riding past A-Basin and the scenery is incredible.

Breckprocycling: A fav mountain bike ride?

Taylor: There’s this one trail, I believe it’s the Aspen Tunnel Trail, pretty short little singletrack, go up there in the fall, amazing colors and a fun downhill.

Breckprocycling: What do you recall as your best local race experience?

Taylor: I’ve done a lot, but I think it was the Tour de Trash (a local Mavsports Promotions race) in, maybe, 2005? The first time I won one of the Pro/Elite races. I remember doing the race with Brett Morgan, it started snowing on us some, and on the last lap I was able to ride away from him. It was my first win at a top level local mtb race.

Breckprocycling: Thanks again for spending some time with us today Taylor.

Taylor: Thank you!

 

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Road Closure Information

See also CDOT’s USA Pro Challenge Highway Impact page

Monday, August 19

  • 6:00 am:  Tiger Dredge (Riverwalk) Lot will close
  • 6:00 am: Ice House Lot will close
  • 12:00 pm: Main Street from Adams Avenue to Lincoln Avenue will close

Tuesday, August 20
(be where you want to be before 1 p.m.)

      • Tiger Dredge Lot will remain closed
      • 6:00 am: South Main Street from Adams Avenue to Park Avenue will close. This means that with the previous days Main Street closure now South Main Street will be closed from Park Avenue to Lincoln Avenue.
      • 12:00 pm: Moonstone Road and County Road 503 from High Point Drive to Boreas Pass Road will close
      • 1:00 pm closures: High Point Drive from Moonstone Road to Royal Tiger Road will close, Royal Tiger Road from High Point Drive to Wellington Road will close
      • 1:50 pm / Highway 9 from Boreas Pass Rd. to Hoosier Pass will close in both directions
      • 2:30 pm closures
            • Park Avenue from Ski Hill Road to South Main Street will close
            • Ski Hill Road from Park Avenue to Main Street will close
            • Park Avenue from French Street to Ski Hill Road will close
            • French Street from Park Avenue to Wellington Road will close 
            • Wellington Road from North French Street to Royal Tiger Road will close
            • Boreas Pass Road from Highway 9 to County Road 503 will close
  • Approximately 3:25 pm-3:45 pm:  Race Finish
  • Approximately 5:00 pm: Roads reopening except for South Main Street from Lincoln Avenue to South Park Avenue (which will remain closed through Wednesday, August 21)

Wednesday, August 21
(be where you want to be before 9 a.m.)

  • South Main Street from Lincoln Avenue to South Park Avenue will remain closed from the day before
  • Tiger Dredge Lot will remain closed
  • 10:00 am: Swan Mountain Road will close
  • 11:10 am closures
            • Highway 9 from Swan Mountain Road to Boreas Pass Road
            • Park Avenue from South Main Street to Highway 9
            • French Street from Park Avenue to North Main Street
            • North Main Street from Lincoln Avenue to French Street
  • 12:10pm:  Race Start
  • 1:00 pm (approximately): Roads reopening, except for South Main Street from Lincoln Avenue to South Park Avenue
  • 6:00 pm: South Main Street from Lincoln Avenue to South Park Avenue will reopen

All times are approximate and still in the planning stage. Up to date information as it becomes available will be posted at SCAlert.org.

For Colorado highways visit cotrip.org/content/usapcc for specific race route closure updates.

Other transportation ideas?

        • Ride your bike (bring a lock).  Bike Parking available at Sons of Norway by the Riverwalk Center and on the corner of Ridge & Washington Streets.
        • Walk
        • Ride a shuttle bus

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U.S. Pro Challenge Lodging deals

Village at BreckenridgeSupport our partners and stay with the official lodging sponsors of the Breckenridge stages of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge Hospitality, Wyndham Vacation Rentals, the Grand Lodge on Peak 7, and the Wedgewood Lodge.

Lodging starts at just $99/night.

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Stay in the race with #breckbecause

Want to see the latest from the U.S.A. Pro Cycling Challenge and show your love for Breck? Use hashtag #breckbecause from now through the race to get your photos on the big screen.

Check out others’ photos at BreckBecause.com and tell us why “I love Breck because…”

 

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Welcome back, cyclists!

US Pro Cycling ChallengeThe nation’s most challenging cycling race will visit Breckenridge, Colo. for the third straight year.

Breckenridge hosts the Stage 2 Finish on Tuesday, August 20 AND the Stage 3 Start on Wednesday, August 21.

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Railroad Earth to play Breck

The New Jersey-based “newgrass” band will play a free concert at the Riverwalk Center on Tuesday, August 20 at 5:30pm to welcome the cyclists to town. The band just played a wildly successful show at Red Rocks and we’re honored to have them here in town.

Listen to a track from Railroad Earth:

 

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Race Route

One of the most highly anticipated events on the race calendar, the 2013 USA Pro Challenge will test the world’s best cyclists’ strength and endurance over a seven-stage, nearly 600-mile course from August 19 through August 25.

Full route information, maps and elevation profiles are available on the race website.

Breckenridge Stage Race Route 

Stage 2: Tuesday, August 20
Riders will start in Aspen with a climb over Independence Pass. After traveling through Buena Vista, Fairplay and Alma, they’ll continue up Hoosier Pass and then come down into town veering left on Park Ave then turn right on French St., cross Main St. staying on French up and around the curve then left on Wellington Rd.

After hitting Wellington Road, the racers will turn right to Royal Tiger and then they’ll tackle steep sections of High Point Drive and Moonstone Road, followed by a swift descent down Boreas Pass Road, and a finish near the Blue River Plaza.

Stage 3: Wednesday, August 21
Breckenridge Start stage route mapStage 3 begins on Main Street with a neutral start and parade laps in downtown Breckenridge. After heading north on Highway 9, riders will climb Swan Mountain Road and continue north through Heeney, over Rabbit Ears Pass and finish in Steamboat Springs. Swan Mountain Road is expected to be another hot viewpoint for Breckenridge spectators.

For full route details, check out the USA Pro Cycling Challenge announcement.

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