Avon Hosts Stage 2 of Colorado Classic on Friday, August 23rd
Transit, traffic impact and road closures are expected
from 12 – 4 p.m. on Friday
Avon, CO – The Town of Avon is thrilled to host some of the best female road cycling professionals in the world for Stage 2 of the Colorado Classic on Friday, August 23rd. Stage 2, the Queen Stage, is really two stages in one. The race begins at 1:00 p.m., and the opening 35 miles on the flat 5-mile circuit for seven laps will be fast, technical riding and a thrill for spectators across the Avon town core. A final eighth lap of 15 miles will tackle one of Colorado’s most notorious climbs, the ridiculously steep Bachelor Gulch (fan accessible by bike or foot only). This climb through Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch on Daybreak Ridge hits grades of 14%. Racers will finish the lap with a fast, technical descent back into Avon, finishing on Lake Street. Please walk or ride your bike.
WHERE TO WATCH
Join us in Harry A. Nottingham Park between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for all the excitement! The National Anthem and opening ceremonies will begin at 12:00 p.m. The park will be bustling with activity including gear and food vendors, a giant screen live-streaming the race, and a special performance from The Sweet Lillies beginning at 1:00 p.m. Avon’s town core will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning at noon, so be sure to get there early.
Main Street Mall and Benchmark Road
Catch the racers as they sprint through seven laps and, on the final lap, fight to the finish line. You can also pick up official Colorado Classic merchandise by Primal!
Line the sidewalk and make some noise as the peloton begins their uphill battle towards Bachelor Gulch, they’ll fly by again on their descent as they race toward the finish line!
Daybreak Ridge and Bachelor Gulch Trail will present the opportunity to view the high-speed descent from the summit. Please note that vehicular access is not available on race day.
One of the most exciting locations will be the Queen of the Mountain location, at the top of Daybreak Ridge in Bachelor Gulch. Note that bicycle access through Bachelor Gulch is not available after 12:30 p.m. on race day. Port-a-lets and limited water will be available at the summit of Daybreak Ridge.
WHERE TO PARK
- Park at the Elk lot before noon with egress after 4:00 p.m.
- Park at the Bear lot before noon with Westbound egress only until 4:00 p.m.
Residents and visitors should plan for the following hard road closures, with crossing opportunities, beginning at 12:00 p.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m.
West Beaver Creek Boulevard
East Beaver Creek Boulevard
West Benchmark Road
Our neighboring communities in Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch will experience the following hard road closures between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Bachelor Gulch Trail
Avon Transit Impact
Thursday, August 22nd
- Lake Street Closed, please use the Rec Center bus stop on Mikaela Way
- Avon Rec Center West Lot Closed
Friday, August 23rd
- Lake Street closed all day, please use the Rec Center bus stop on Mikaela Way before 12:00 p.m. and after 4:00 p.m.
- No Avon Transit Service between 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
- All other Avon Transit bus stops will operate as normally scheduled
ECO Transit Impact (details at avon.org/coclassic)
The following routes will be impacted:
- Edwards Eastbound Highway 6
- Eagle Vail Eastbound Highway 6
- Vail Westbound Highway 6
- Avon Westbound Highway 6
- Eastbound and Westbound Valley Routes
Avon Recreation Center Impact
The Avon Recreation Center will have a delayed opening at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, August 23rd and the parking lots will be closed all day. There will be no fitness classes on that day. Avon Recreation Center will offer a punch card sale during the Colorado Classic, selling a 10-punch card for $62.