Travelers at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport during the USA Pro Cycle Challenge on August 19th will be treated to a party to help make the delays they will experience getting into town a little more enjoyable. Beginning at noon on August 19th, no vehicular traffic will be allowed to exit Aspen on Highway 82 to the West (down valley). Traffic heading to Aspen (up valley) during the race will be stopped at Owl Creek Road.
“During the race we’ll be doing everything we can to treat our guests to a good time while they wait for the roads to reopen,” said Airport Director, Jim Elwood.
Included in the Airport’s bike race festivities will be live music with Bobby Mason, Haden Gregg and Bryan Savage, prize giveaways, and live USA Pro Challenge coverage on big screen TVs inside the airport terminal.
Several flights are scheduled to arrive and depart during the three-lap bike race. Outgoing passengers are advised to make plans to arrive at the airport before roads close for the race at noon. Incoming passengers will not be able to continue to their final destinations in Aspen and Snowmass between noon and 4pm. Airlines officials are reaching out to passengers booked on those flights to let them know that they may be delayed.
“We think the party we’re planning will be so much fun that our neighbors at North 40, Colorado Mountain College, the Aspen Ski Company, Obermeyer and other folks living and working at the Airport Business Center will want to join us. If you’re stuck in your office at the AABC come on over,” Elwood said.