USA Pro Challenge - Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Enjoy the raceThe second annual USA Pro Challenge will take place Monday, August 20 through Sunday, August 26, 2012. For seven consecutive days, the world’s top cyclists will race through 12 host cities from Durango to Denver. This is one of the largest cycling events in United States history and our city will be a part of it.

Montrose will host the Day 2 Start for the USA Pro Challenge on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.  Officials are expecting anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 spectators to line the race route in Montrose, while millions more around the country and world will watch the race live on television and online.  

While the race will serve as an excellent opportunity to showcase our community, it will involve significant road closures and travel delays, particularly in the city’s core. Residents, businesses and the traveling public are advised to take note of the specific road closure information included on this Web page and plan ahead to avoid any unnecessary inconvenience.

Road Closure Information
Extensive road closures and potentially heavy traffic congestion on alternate routes will likely make travel through Montrose very difficult.  Alternate travel routes will not be available for some areas.

Monday, August 20
  • 6 p.m. through end of race event - Parking not permitted on any streets that are included in the race route.  All vehicles in violation will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Race Day - August 21
  • 10 a.m. - Partial road closures along the race route begin.
  • 11:20 a.m. - The following intersections will be closed to divert traffic from the race route:
    • N. 2nd and Townsend Avenue  (Traffic will be routed through N. 2nd eastbound or N. 2nd westbound to N. Rio Grande).
    • 67.00 Road and Hwy 50 (Traffic will be routed south on 67.00 Road).
    • Montrose Drive & S. Townsend (Warning signs will be posted directing through traffic to use S. Rio Grande at E. Oak Grove).
    • Main Street and Rio Grande (Traffic will be routed south on Rio Grande).
  • 11:05 a.m. - Entire race route closed to all traffic, except for emergency services.  Roads will remain closed until race activities conclude along each portion of the route.
Race Route
Race RouteThe race will begin at 11:25 a.m. at the Montrose Pavilion.  Racers with then proceed as follows:
  • Westbound on E. Niagara Road
  • North on Hillcrest Avenue to Sunnyside Road
  • East on Sunnyside Road to 67.00 Road
  • South on 67.00 Road to E. Niagara Road
  • West on E. Niagara Road and travel at parade pace to Pavilion Drive, turning into the start village for a pass-through.
Racers will then travel from the Pavilion back onto E. Niagara Road and proceed to the intersection of E. Niagara and Hillcrest Avenue, where they will go to full race speed and proceed as follows:
  • West to S. Townsend Avenue
  • North to the intersection of S. 5th Street
  • East on S. 5th Street to S. Nevada Avenue
  • North on S. Nevada Avenue S. 2nd Street
  • West on S. 2nd Street to S. Townsend Avenue
  • North on S. Townsend Avenue to E. Main St.
  • East on E. Main Street and leaving the City of Montrose via Highway 50
Spectator Information
Please keep in mind the racers will use both lanes of traffic and pedestrians will be cautioned to stay off the race route during the entire event. Spectators are encouraged to walk or bike to watch the race to help alleviate traffic congestion.   
  • Children and adults must stay off the curb, and clear of the street or risk significant injury. Racers use the entire street from curb to curb.
  • Stay out of the street and gutters. Racers will run over feet.
  • Do not bring pets to the race.
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