We currently caught up with Mike Schilling of Breckenridge and talked about being part of the USA Cycling Pro Challenge. We talked about what Breckenridge is doing for the finish of stage 5 of the stage race.
[303Cycling] So stage 5 goes from Steamboat to Breckenridge. What time do you think they will be finishing and where is the finish line?
[Mike Schilling] We are expecting the racers to finish between 3 and 4pm. The finish line will be at the intersection of Main Street and Wellington Road. Racers will come into Breckenridge southbound on Hwy 9, do a lap around town via Park Avenue, and then come northbound down Main Street. The finishing stretch is a long straightaway with a slight downhill grade - it will be fast!
Roads will certainly be impacted so we are encouraging everyone to get here early and stay late or, better yet, stay the night. We have events planned all day as well as a free post race Big Head Todd and the Monsters concert.
[303Cycling] If I want to come up and watch the finish what do I need to be concerned about (i.e. road closures, parking, etc)?
[Mike Schilling] If you come by noon and plan to stay for the free post race Big Head Todd and the Monsters concert, traffic will be less of a concern. To play it safe, and to have the best time possible, I would encourage you to stay the night. Great lodging deals can be found at gobreck.com.
On Sunday morning, I would enjoy a bike ride and the pleasant Breckenridge temperatures; you can then catch Sunday’s race action outdoors in the Blue River Plaza on a jumbotron we will have set up.
Summit County Roads will close starting at 2:00pm, and reopen as soon as the race goes by or, in the case of downtown Breckenridge, the race finishes. We have plenty of parking and four buses dedicated to moving folks around once they get here.
Actual road closures info can be found at cotrip.org.
[303Cycling] I heard there is an expo, street springs etc going on. Can you give us some more details?
[Mike Schilling] The expo starts at 11:00am and runs until the race finish between 3 and 4pm. It will have many of the event’s national and local sponsors showing off their products and services. The expo will have food and live music as well.
In addition to the expo, all of our fabulous shops and restaurants will be rolling out the red carpet for our guests.
The citizen street sprints are particularly cool, they start at 11:00am and will give everyone an opportunity to race approximately 200 meters and finish on the Stage 5 finish line. Registration is free and open to all ages and all bicycle types – we even have a cruiser bike category!
[303Cycling] Any thing else you want to add?
[Mike Schilling] As the only Saturday stage finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Breckenridge is really living up to the honor bestowed on it. A full event schedule featuring the USA Pro Cycling Challenge and a free Big Head Todd and the Monsters show should makes this every Colorado cycling fan’s dream.
Breckenridge is striving to be the viewing destination of choice for the “303” - come on up!