Bicycling Magazine 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge: Stage 5 - Steamboat Springs to Breckenridge, August 27 

Another mountain-fest with over 8,000 feet of climbing as the 109-mile route travels the central Rockies, with opportunities for breakaways and aggressive racing and the twin summit of Rabbit Ears Pass.

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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 16 Aug 2011 8:44:01 PM
Activity: Bicycling
State: Colorado (CO)
Distance: 106.12 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 6948 ft
Total Loss: 4140 ft
Net Change: 2808 ft
Difficulty: 1 / 10
Tags: 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Colorado, Steamboat Springs, USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

Analysis by Joe Lindsey, blogger and Colorado Resident
The early ascent of Rabbit Ears Pass is almost tailor-made for another KOM break, but it’s at best a bold bet to say that anyone striking out that early will survive for the stage win. After the long, gentle descent to Kremmling the route just climbs steadily and inexorably, with a final KOM at Swan Mountain around Dillon Reservoir. It’s not that steep, but the collective attrition of five days of racing at altitude could easily see a smallish pack of riders contesting a finish at Breckenridge. How small depends on how things go at the Swan Mountain KOM. That is the second real pressure point in the race, and the last chance for a challenger to make a move on GC. This stage will require a strong defense from the leader’s team.
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 5 Track

Distance: 106.12 mi Points: 1117
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 49.36 mi Turn left onto 6th S Then go 12.85 mi
2 62.21 mi Turn right onto Heeney Rd 3 Then go 2.26 mi
3 64.47 mi Turn left to stay on Heeney Rd 3 Then go 8.42 mi
4 72.89 mi Turn right onto CO-9 Then go 16.85 mi
5 89.74 mi Continue onto US-6 Then go 4.41 mi
6 94.15 mi Turn right onto Co Rd 4/Swan Mountain Rd Then go 0.02 mi
7 94.17 mi Turn left Then go 0.01 mi
8 94.18 mi Turn left onto Co Rd 1/Co Rd 4/Swan Mountain RdContinue to follow Co Rd 1/Swan Mountain R Then go 4.81 mi
9 98.99 mi Turn left onto CO-9 S/Co Hwy Then go 1.94 mi
10 100.94 mi Turn right onto Gateway Rd/Sherwood Trail Rd Then go 0.02 mi
11 100.95 mi Turn left onto Blue River Bikeway Then go 3.06 mi
12 104.01 mi Turn left onto Co Rd 900/Valley Brook Rd Then go 0.01 mi
13 104.02 mi Turn right onto CO-9 S Then go 0.47 mi
14 104.49 mi Slight right onto CO- Then go 1.20 mi
15 105.69 mi Turn left onto S Main St

Points of Interest

Start: Steamboat Springs

Location: 40.454017, -106.816657

Finish: Breckenridge

Location: 39.483392, -106.046133

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