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It’s not often that you start with a monster climb, but that’s what the cyclists will find at the beginning of Stage 4 when they head back over Independence Pass for a second time, getting a second look at the thousands of enthusiastic fans lining the road up and down. Then elevation is the name of the game, with much of this 97-mile course above 9000 feet. But it’s downhill from there heading for a sprint in the town of Leadville – the highest incorporated city in the US at 10,152 feet. Then they head over the Continental Divide at Tennessee Pass (10,424’) before descending into Minturn. Finally, the peloton will be faced by a stiff two and a half mile climb that rises almost 1000 feet to the ski resort of Beaver Creek, a difficult finish that could result in the fourth leader change in as many days.
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For camping guidelines, visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/r2/procycling2012.
The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District is offering a number of camping and parking options during the Pro Challenge along Independence Pass. All campgrounds on Independence Pass will be open, but camping is prohibited between MM56 and MM66. Visitors are welcome to arrive early to park and view the race from the top of the pass, and will be required to move their cars at dusk for the evening. Forest Service Law Enforcement and agency staff will be enforcing all regulations. The White River National Forest website has more details at http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/whiteriver/.
Download: Stage 4 Spectator Guide
Download: Stage 4 Route Map
Download: Stage 4 Start Map
Download: Stage 4 Finish Map
Download: Stage 4 Profile
Download: Stage 4 Timetable
Here is what you CAN do.
- Watch the start in Aspen and make it to Beaver Creek in time for finish by taking Hwy 82 west to I-70 east.
- Watch and park on the summit of Independence by arriving that morning.
- Watch at the Sprint line in Leadville and enjoy their Hometown Festival.
- Arrive early to Beaver Creek and claim a prime spot for the exciting finish
Here is what you CANNOT do.
- Park overnight on the summit of Independence the night before the race.
- Watch on Independence and make it to Beaver Creek in time for the finish.
- Independence Pass (12,095 ft)
- Battle Mountain
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