Mostly Westside streets for 1-circuit, 44-mile amateur bike race June 30
Some 400 cyclists - most of them from outside the United States - will ride a one- circuit, 43.5-mile course that starts and finishes at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and uses mostly Westside streets, advance route information shows.
The event will start at noon (on Gateway Road just north of Rock Ledge) and last until about 4:30 p.m., with the earliest finishers coming in around 2 p.m., according to Doug Martin of the Sports Corp, the local organizer of the Colorado Springs stage.
The event will be different from past U.S. Pro Challenge races that had stages in Colorado Springs, Martin explained, in that the only full road closure will be on Gold Camp Road and through North Cheyenne Canon for about two hours. Otherwise, a “rolling enclosure” will be used, Martin said.
“The Colorado Springs Police Department will be escorting the cyclists in a rolling enclosure from the start through the Garden of the Gods, across Highway 24 and
Major Westside streets being used at length for the ride will be (in order) streets in the Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak Avenue (west of 31st Street), 31st, Robinson Street, 26th Street (going north and later south), Pikes Peak Avenue (east of 24th Street), Spruce Street, Mesa Road, the Palmer-Mesa Trail and 30th Street (north and eventually south to the finish). For more detail, see the route screen captures on this page, or go to coloradospringssports.org/index.php/component/content/article/64- main/459-haute-route-rockies for an interactive online map.
The potential for event-related traffic problems prompted public concerns from long-time Westside neighborhood advocate Welling Clark, who pointed out that less than a month before the race affected residents and businesses along the Mavic Haute route had still not been consulted.
He raised a similar red flag about a bigger street-bike event scheduled later this summer - the Aug. 10 Colorado Classic, which will also include major Westside streets, except it will last longer time (about eight hours total) and involve six circuits.
In an e-mail to Martin, local elected officials and others, Clark complained about “the lack of public process with regard to decision-making of events like this; it results in angering the resident/business community at the bicycle enthusiasts (rightly or wrongly so) for forcing these types of events down their throats.”
For Mavic Haute, Rock Ledge Ranch's parking lot will serve as a “race village,” including a “recovery/hospitality area for the cyclists where they can rehydrate and eat some snacks after the race,” Martin said.
Although Stage 7 will be the finale of the seven-day Mavic Haute event - the previous six stages having been held in other parts of Colorado - no festival-type activities are slated at the ranch. Such are planned later in the day at the Penrose House in the Broadmoor area, he said.
Martin does not expect large numbers of race watchers, but does hope for a tourism boost from the event as a whole. “Think of this as a European version of Ride the Rockies, but with more Europeans and more affluent cyclists,” he said.
Mavic Haute Route Rockies is one in a global series of multi-day races for amateurs, according to the sponsor website, hauteroute.org. Also according to that site, entry fees for riders are $2,400 a person. To ride only in Stage 7, the cost is $200, according to Sports Corp. For details, go to coloradospringssports.org.
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