EAGLE COUNTY — The USA Pro Challenge arrives in Eagle County Thursday, with Stage 4 starting in Steamboat Springs and heading through Bachelor Gulch before ending in Beaver Creek Village.
Keeping in mind Beaver Creek’s unique location, spectators are encouraged to leave their cars at home and bike or hike to the resort to watch the exciting uphill finish of the Steamboat to Beaver Creek Queen Stage. With the addition of the new five-mile climb and descent through Bachelor Gulch, this section will also offer prime viewing.
Shuttles from the Elk and Bear Lots in Avon to Beaver Creek Village will run throughout the morning, beginning at 5:30 a.m., with the final trip scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Rodeo Lot shuttle service will begin at 7 a.m. and operate until the 2:15 p.m. closure and then resume for the evening as needed. Fans are encouraged to arrive in Beaver Creek prior to 2 p.m., with a number of special events and activities slated to get under way in the event expo area at 1 p.m.
A bike valet will be available at Creekside Park, located on the north side of Beaver Creek Village, providing a secure location for spectators to leave their bikes during the race. The service opens at 11 a.m. and all bikes should be retrieved by 6 p.m.
As the peloton approaches Beaver Creek, Village Road, the main road in and out of the resort, will be closed at Highway 6, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Depending on the pace of the race, the first rider is expected to cross the finish in Beaver Creek Village at approximately 3:30 p.m. Public parking for all race fans will be available in the Traer Creek/Rodeo Lot in Avon and the Bear Lot at the base of the resort.
Beaver Creek’s signature “Cookie Time” will also make an appearance at 2:35 p.m. on race day, with uniformed chefs passing out the resort’s renowned chocolate chip cookies to race fans.
Along with the public activities associated with each stage, the USA Pro Challenge will also host their Festival Area in Beaver Creek, offering fans an opportunity to see the latest in cycling gear and apparel. The festival area will run from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Beaver Creek