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USA Pro Challenge competitors and fans will double their pleasure on Independence Pass once again this year.

Organizers released race details Tuesday. Stage 3 from Copper Mountain to Aspen will take the racers over the east side of the pass before the descent and finish in Aspen. That stage will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

The next morning the racers will start with a bang in stage 4 from Aspen to Breckenridge. They will ride over the west side of Independence Pass to start their morning.

The race route in 2012 also brought the racers over the east side of the 12,095-foot pass in one stage, then over the west side the next day.

The USA Pro Challenge is celebrating its fifth anniversary. Here’s the full route for the 2015 race:

 

Stage 1 features a circuit race in Steamboat Springs on Monday, Aug. 17. The 49-mile circuit will be completed twice by the racers. The route includes great vantage points for spectators in the town as well as county roads outside the town limits.

Stage 2 will take the racers from Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin over Rabbit Ears Pass and Loveland Pass. It will be the race’s first climb of Loveland Pass and first visit to Arapahoe Basin.

Stage 3 starts in Copper Mountain and takes the racers over Fremont Pass, at 11,079 feet in elevation, to start their day. After blasting through Leadville, the route will take the racers around Turquoise Lake before leading back to Highway 24. The racers will make the turn onto Highway 82, go through Twin Lakes then climb the east side of Independence Pass, where King of the Mountain points will be awarded. The race finishes in downtown Aspen after a screaming descent of the pass.

The total miles of Stage 3 is 101, with about half coming above 10,000 feet in elevation.

Stage 4 is an encore from the 2013 race, with the rout from Aspen to Breckenridge. The grueling 126-mile route takes the riders over the steeper western side of Independence Pass to start the day, again awarding King of the Mountain points at the summit.

The route swings south on Highway 24 to Buena Vista, then climbs up to Fairplay and over 11,542-foot Hoosier Pass at the 111-mile mark. The descent to Breckenridge is interrupted by a tough, short climb up Moonstone Road.

Stage 5 features an 8.5-mile individual time trial in Breckenridge.

Stage 6 and the start of the weekend takes the racers to the Front Range. Stage 6 is from Loveland to Fort Collins on a new and challenging route for the Pro Challenge. The 102-mile route features springs through the flats between Windsor and Loveland, then a series of climbs punctuated by Rist Canyon at 8,008 feet before finishing in Fort Collins.

Stage 7 brings the race to a conclusion on Sunday, Aug. 23, with a route from Golden to Denver over the always-popular Lookout Mountain. The 68-mile race ends in Denver.

“We’re confident that this year’s route will provide the most exciting week of racing yet,” said USA Pro Challenge CEO Shawn Hunter in a prepared statement. “We have added new cities and a dramatic mountaintop finish that will prove to be a fierce battleground for riders eager to show they have what it takes to compete on a new climb up Loveland Pass.”

 

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I think the route this year is pretty good.  Should be fun for spectators.  We will be camping out at Twin Lakes and riding up to the top of Indy for both days.  This works out great for the action on top but not so much of you want to be in Aspen for the awards.  If you are parked on top the odds are you just won't make it in time if you have to drive down.  You definitely need to park on the Aspen side close to or in town and ride up.  You can make your way thru traffic and get down in time.  For stage 4 you can make it to Breck  before they do if you park on the east side (like Twin Lakes) and ride up/down from there.  You should have no problem making it down before they open the road on top.

 

Stage 3 is an awesome route that I have rode and totally enjoy.  Once they start down out of Turquoise they will be screaming down 24 to the right turn up Indy. 

 

I have to wonder what the policy will be on top of Loveland?  I definitely want to be up there.  Guess I need to find out if parking/camping will be allowed or if Loveland will allow parking at the base.

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I'm actually thinking of coming out for,some,of this and bringing the Mosaic. Altitude and climbs should make for a proper suffefest.
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Prime viewing 200 yards from my front door!  Can't wait.  :D  

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I think the route this year is pretty good.  Should be fun for spectators.  We will be camping out at Twin Lakes and riding up to the top of Indy for both days.  This works out great for the action on top but not so much of you want to be in Aspen for the awards.  If you are parked on top the odds are you just won't make it in time if you have to drive down.  You definitely need to park on the Aspen side close to or in town and ride up.  You can make your way thru traffic and get down in time.  For stage 4 you can make it to Breck  before they do if you park on the east side (like Twin Lakes) and ride up/down from there.  You should have no problem making it down before they open the road on top.

 

Stage 3 is an awesome route that I have rode and totally enjoy.  Once they start down out of Turquoise they will be screaming down 24 to the right turn up Indy. 

 

I have to wonder what the policy will be on top of Loveland?  I definitely want to be up there.  Guess I need to find out if parking/camping will be allowed or if Loveland will allow parking at the base.

 

The finish isn't on top of Loveland Pass, rather at A-basin.  Not exactly a mountain top finish, but I don't think there is anyway they could have a finish up there.  It should be a great finish at A-basin though.

 

For Indy Pass, I'm thinking of parking at Twin Lake, riding up to see the KOM, then following them down into Aspen and staying with a friend.  Then repeat the other way the next day.  I've been on top of Indy twice for the KOM and it's great, but never on back to back days!

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The finish isn't on top of Loveland Pass, rather at A-basin.  Not exactly a mountain top finish, but I don't think there is anyway they could have a finish up there.  It should be a great finish at A-basin though.

For Indy Pass, I'm thinking of parking at Twin Lake, riding up to see the KOM, then following them down into Aspen and staying with a friend.  Then repeat the other way the next day.  I've been on top of Indy twice for the KOM and it's great, but never on back to back days!

The top of Indy is a fantastic viewing spot! Was there in 2013 with my dad and we camped at Twin Lakes but drove up.
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The finish isn't on top of Loveland Pass, rather at A-basin.  Not exactly a mountain top finish, but I don't think there is anyway they could have a finish up there.  It should be a great finish at A-basin though.

 

For Indy Pass, I'm thinking of parking at Twin Lake, riding up to see the KOM, then following them down into Aspen and staying with a friend.  Then repeat the other way the next day.  I've been on top of Indy twice for the KOM and it's great, but never on back to back days!

 

Yep, I plan on being on Loveland and not at the finish.  I was just wondering if they will implement policies like they have done on Indy.  I was hoping to camp up there.  The 1st year on Indy was awesome.  Camped up there and it was one big party.  Subsequent years they implemented restrictions.  Now when they go over Indy we camp at Twin Lakes and ride everywhere.

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Yep, I plan on being on Loveland and not at the finish.  I was just wondering if they will implement policies like they have done on Indy.  I was hoping to camp up there.  The 1st year on Indy was awesome.  Camped up there and it was one big party.  Subsequent years they implemented restrictions.  Now when they go over Indy we camp at Twin Lakes and ride everywhere.

 

You are going to miss the race!   They are not going over Loveland Pass.  

 

You got me all excited they were going to go over both Berthoud and Loveland Passes from Steamboat to A-basin.   No such luck, they are taking the straight shot.  It's still 103 miles:

 

http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/uploads/images/2015-maps/USPCC%202015%20Stage%202%20Map%20vFINAL.pdf

 

The long way over Berthoud then Loveland Passes would have be 148 miles per google maps.  :eek 

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You are going to miss the race!   They are not going over Loveland Pass.  

 

You got me all excited they were going to go over both Berthoud and Loveland Passes from Steamboat to A-basin.   No such luck, they are taking the straight shot.  It's still 103 miles:

 

http://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com/uploads/images/2015-maps/USPCC%202015%20Stage%202%20Map%20vFINAL.pdf

 

The long way over Berthoud then Loveland Passes would have be 148 miles per google maps.  :eek 

 

Thank you tball for pointing this out.  There have been a few communications now that seem to spin a Loveland Pass climb.  I know there are those that ride Loveland that don't consider riding up to A Basin from Frisco or Keystone a  "climb up Loveland Pass".  I know I certainly don't nor none of the people I ride with.  Even in Shred's original post there seems to be a vague implication:

 

"Stage 2 will take the racers from Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin over Rabbit Ears Pass and Loveland Pass. It will be the race’s first climb of Loveland Pass and first visit to Arapahoe Basin."

 

Thanks again,

 

Mike

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