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Things are about to get crazy here in Steamboat Springs. Starting this Saturday, August 15, our lil’ resort town is going to be taken over by bicycles and bike lovers. That is not a bad thing, in fact, it’s pretty cool that for the 3rd time in 5 years the professional cycling race, “America’s Race” formerly known as the USA Pro Challenge, will be in Steamboat Springs, CO.
This time the race kicks off in Steamboat with a circuit competition through Routt County agricultural country on Monday the 17th. On Tuesday, Stage 2 kicks off with cyclists starting in Steamboat, heading over Rabbit Ears Pass and continuing on for 115 miles until they reach the Stage 2 finish at Arapahoe Basin.
Whether you are a cyclist or not, there will certainly be some festivity or event taking place this weekend that you will enjoy. Here is what the schedule looks like:
Pro Challenge Weekend Schedule
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
7:30am Go Ride Steamboat-Steamboat Ski Resort Base Area
Open to all ages, Go Ride Steamboat is a fantastic way to experience the course the pros will be riding! Participants can choose to ride one of two distances – 25 or 52 miles of gorgeous roads and finish under the official Pro Challenge truss! More info »
5:00pm Team Presentations-Howelsen Hill
Open to the public, high-five your favorite riders and hang-out with Phil and Paul during the Opening Ceremonies and Teams Presentation of the USA Pro Challenge.
7:30pm Free Concert, The Jeff Austin Band-Howelsen Hill
The 2015 Free Summer Concert Series goes out with style in the final show featuring the Jeff Austin Band at Howelsen Hill Amphitheater.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16
12:00pm Festival Opens on Yampa Avenue
It’s time to celebrate at the Pro Challenge Festival! Enjoy food, drinks, vendors, live entertainment, and a special kid zone!
12:00-2:00pm Loose Change on the Festival Stage
Bring your dancing shoes down to Yampa Street and get down to the sounds of Steamboat’s premier dance band Loose Change!
2:00-4:00pm Bike Polo – Festival
Polo is thought to be the oldest team sport known to man, dating from the days when Persian warriors first rode horses into battle. Bicycle polo evolved a bit later, having had to wait for some clever chap to invent the modern bicycle.
3:30-4:00pm NBC Sports Phil Liggett & Paul Sherwen- Race Preview & Q&A on Festival Stage
4:30-6:00pm Throwdown on the Festival Stage
Get ready to rock with Steamboat’s top classic rock cover band!
6:00pm Festival closes
Enjoy a cocktail, dinner and the sunset from one of downtown Steamboat’s many delightful restaurants and bars.
MONDAY, AUGUST 17
8:30-9:30am Yoga on Yampa
Come and practice yoga outside on Yampa Street at 7th Street as part of the USA Pro Challenge Festival. Teachers from the Yoga Center of Steamboat will teach an all levels class. No prior experience of yoga is necessary. Bring a towel or a mat and dress in layers. Limited number of mats will be available for use. Water and snacks will be provided. $10 suggested donation.
10:30am Festival opens on Yampa
It’s race day in Bike Town USA! Come enjoy the festivities as we kick off the USA Pro Challenge in true Steamboat Springs style! Enjoy food, drinks, vendors, live entertainment, and a special kid zone!
11:00am Maxxis Stunt Show – Festival
11:25am Start Ceremonies begin on Lincoln Avenue
You won’t want to miss a second of the race start on Lincoln action!
11:40am Official Start of the USA Pro Challenge
The pros will start out Stage 1 with two parade laps in downtown Steamboat Springs before heading out on the first of two circuit laps before finishing on Lincoln Ave. at 6th St.
12:00pm Strider Races on Lincoln Ave
Come cheer on the next generation of athletes!
1:00-2:00pm The Crane Wives on the Festival Stage
The Crane Wives are a home grown indie-folk outfit from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They utilize three-part vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation, and a passion for song-craft to create organic music that is both accessible and innovative.
2:15pm Dave and Brad live on Festival Stage
2:30pm Maxxis Stunt Show – Festival
3:45 Race Finish
Will Steamboat Springs be treated to another classic sprint finish or will the challenges of Routt County create an opportunity for a surprise first yellow jersey of 2015?
4:00pm Awards on Festival Stage
5:00pm Festival Closes
Relish the long summer light and explore the many restaurants, galleries, and shops in downtown Steamboat Springs.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18
9:30am Start Village opens at the Steamboat Ski Resort Base Area
10:40am Start Ceremonies Begin
10:55 Race Starts
Wish the athletes farewell and good luck as they leave Bike Town USA and race to Arapahoe Basin.
11:25 Festival Closes
Allow yourself plenty of time to get around town this weekend as there will be various road closures and delays throughout the weekend.
Be safe out there,
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