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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby Tory Wells » Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:17 am

somethingrandom wrote:DEFINITELY glad we shut down roads paid for by gasoline tax dollars to let people ride bikes across 4 lanes!

I realize 14ers is filled with idealists who aren't inconvenienced and will happily flame me for the post but surely the idea is asinine. We are paying 40.4% tax on every dollar spent on gas and now get some of our most popular mountain roads shut down? Dumb.

I get that mountain towns benefit from the race and am happy to see it but to completely shut down highways infringes on the real tax payer's ability to drive on the roads he/she/we pay for....

Rant over (kind of).

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Over 1 million spectators last year. That's more than an entire season of Broncos home games. Get out there. Outdoor recreation is a big portion of our economy so we should support it.

To shut down the road for a few hours on a few days a year.....ya, you'll get over it. All you gotta do is plan ahead and go where the race is not. Meanwhile the rest of the state will see some serious benefit ($$$) from a major cycling road race.
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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby Rich H » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:05 am

somethingrandom wrote:We are paying 40.4% tax on every dollar


I am pretty sure we don't pay that much in taxes on gas...more like 14% tax at $3/gallon.
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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby djkest » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:33 am

Poor planning on my part. I planned to drive from C-springs to Breckenridge on Friday (evening). I think we will have to leave and try to "get past" the cyclists after the race is over. Does anyone know, do they open up the road again promptly after the racers are through? I think it's really cool that Colorado is hosting an international cycling competition. I will not begrudge these people for closing down roads for a little while.
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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby Bean » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:50 am

djkest wrote:Does anyone know, do they open up the road again promptly after the racers are through?

They do.
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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby YooperJonKornely » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:55 am

Hey I'm standing here at the finish line in Colorado Springs... how much longer until they get here :lol: In seriousness though, I was planning on driving up 24 from COS to Hartsel/Buena Vista on Friday after work... does anyone know if/when Hwy 24 will be "open"?

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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby gdthomas » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:24 am

jofkorn1037 wrote:Hey I'm standing here at the finish line in Colorado Springs... how much longer until they get here :lol: In seriousness though, I was planning on driving up 24 from COS to Hartsel/Buena Vista on Friday after work... does anyone know if/when Hwy 24 will be "open"?


If you're asking about the cave-in spot near Camp Hale, it's open and has been for a couple of weeks.

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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby ajkagy » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:34 am

djkest wrote:Poor planning on my part. I planned to drive from C-springs to Breckenridge on Friday (evening). I think we will have to leave and try to "get past" the cyclists after the race is over. Does anyone know, do they open up the road again promptly after the racers are through? I think it's really cool that Colorado is hosting an international cycling competition. I will not begrudge these people for closing down roads for a little while.


i believe they do open the road pretty quick after everything has passed through. Seeing the caravan go through yesterday in CB was pretty impressive. You never really realize how many support vehicles/motos and police escorts coordinate to make this race possible.

People that are complaining about roads being closed don't realize that this race is the tour de france of the US and brings much needed economic dollars to the state. Just wait til everybody sees the turnout from the golden/boulder/denver stages...it will be huge!
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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby 434stonemill » Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:50 am

djkest wrote:Poor planning on my part. I planned to drive from C-springs to Breckenridge on Friday (evening). I think we will have to leave and try to "get past" the cyclists after the race is over. Does anyone know, do they open up the road again promptly after the racers are through? I think it's really cool that Colorado is hosting an international cycling competition. I will not begrudge these people for closing down roads for a little while.


The main route is on a rolling closure as the caravan and racers go thru. Full schedule of approx road closure times can be found at
http://www.cotrip.org/content/usapcc/

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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby ThuChad » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:15 pm

Hell of a ride by Danielson! WOW! Great stage win.
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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby metalmountain » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:23 pm

somethingrandom wrote:DEFINITELY glad we shut down roads paid for by gasoline tax dollars to let people ride bikes across 4 lanes!

I realize 14ers is filled with idealists who aren't inconvenienced and will happily flame me for the post but surely the idea is asinine. We are paying 40.4% tax on every dollar spent on gas and now get some of our most popular mountain roads shut down? Dumb.

I get that mountain towns benefit from the race and am happy to see it but to completely shut down highways infringes on the real tax payer's ability to drive on the roads he/she/we pay for....

Rant over (kind of).


Wow man...this isn't a weekend bike race. This is an international event. Sorry that you would have to drive around the section of road that is closed for a few hours. Relax...I would be willing to bet that this race in reality infringes little if at all upon your daily activities.
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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby semitrueskerm » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:34 pm

It's a fabulous event.

Next year, I want to see a finish on Evans or Pikes Peak! I also would vote for a finish atop Wolf Creek Pass.

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Re: USA Pro Cycling Challenge Road Closures and Delays

Postby Sugar Madison » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:37 pm

Theodore wrote:Welp, so much for La Plata on Thursday! Hmmmm to drag the wife up Holy Cross, or take it easy w/ Huron...


You should be ok if you get a reasonable start, it's only closed from 8am-2:30pm (if coming from the east):

http://www.cotrip.org/content/usapcc/

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