Bicycling Magazine 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Stage 1 - Salida to Crested Butte - August 23 

Out on the open road from Salida to the hamlet of Crested Butte, racers will ride 99 miles and climb almost 7,000 total feet, including the mountain top finish on Mt. Crested Butte.

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 15 Aug 2011 2:44:35 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: Colorado (CO)
Distance: 98.8 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 6960 ft
Total Loss: 4784 ft
Net Change: 2176 ft
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Tags: 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Colorado, Salida, Tour of Colorado, USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Analysis by Joe Lindsey, blogger and Colorado Resident
Riders will get an early taste of altitude on the 10-mile grind up Monarch Pass, which crests at 11,315 feet. But after that the route down US50 to Gunnison is mostly flat. Turning right up to Crested Butte there is some gentle climbing to town. The finish, rated a Category 3 climb, is neither long nor steep (2.1 miles at an average grade of 3.9 percent), but it starts gently and ramps up from there. It’s steeper than it appears on paper but still not a true summit finish. Peter Sagan is a likely choice for the win if he comes. Time gaps among the favorites will be mere seconds – a bit like the Super Besse finish in this year’s Tour de France. This is the first real crucial moment in terms of the overall.

Note: Stage route, exact start/finish, and sprints/climbs have been approximated from information provided by Actual stage may vary slightly.

Prologue: Monday, August 22 – Colorado Springs
Stage 1: Tuesday, August 23 – Salida to Crested Butte
Stage 2: Wednesday, August 24 – Gunnison to Aspen
Stage 3: Thursday, August 25 – Vail
Stage 4: Friday, August 26 – Avon to Steamboat Springs
Stage 5: Saturday, August 27 – Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge
Stage 6: Sunday, August 28 – Golden to Denver


Position Format: Datum:

Stage 1 Track

Distance: 98.80 mi Points: 1007
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
# Distance Instruction Distance to next
1 6.31 mi Continue onto Rd 14 Then go 2.13 mi
2 8.44 mi Continue straight onto Co Rd 219 Then go 0.22 mi
3 8.66 mi Slight right onto Co Rd 25 Then go 0.61 mi
4 9.28 mi Continue onto Co Rd 21 Then go 1.16 mi
5 10.44 mi Turn right to stay on Co Rd 21 Then go 2.46 mi
6 12.90 mi Turn right onto US-50 Then go 54.89 mi
7 67.79 mi Turn left onto CO-135 N/N Main StContinue to follow CO-135 Then go 27.24 mi
8 95.03 mi Turn left onto Whiterock Av Then go 0.46 mi
9 95.49 mi Turn left onto 1st S Then go 0.13 mi
10 95.62 mi Turn right onto Elk Av Then go 0.41 mi
11 96.03 mi Turn left onto 6th St Then go 0.26 mi
12 96.28 mi Continue onto Co Rd 317/Gothic Rd

Points of Interest

Stage 1: Start - Salida

Location: 38.535108, -106.024160

Stage 1: Finish - Crested Butte

Location: 38.902088, -106.969285

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