Trail Ridge Road closure delays bike tour |

Trail Ridge Road closure delays bike tour

Reid Armstrong

UPDATE: As of 12:15 p.m. Trail Ridge Road is open.

Participants in the 2011 Bicycle Tour of Colorado are on standby in Estes Park this morning, June 20, waiting to hear if Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park will open.

The road closed at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 19 due to wintry conditions. The weather service issued a winter weather advisory for parts of Northern Colorado Sunday afternoon, predicting 2-6 inches of snow could fall at elevations above 10,000 feet by 6 p.m. Monday.

According to the tour’s hotline, bicyclists will be allowed to ride to Rainbow Curve this morning. The top of the pass may open beyond that a little later today, according to officials with the park service. If the road does not open, cyclists will head back to Estes and will be bused to Granby.

The Granby Chamber of Commerce has canceled its party in the Polhamus Park tonight, but Hunker Down is still set to play at the high school from 5-8 p.m., and bicyclists may set up camp around the high school.

“We are disappointed that we couldn’t throw them the party but hope they still enjoy our restaurants and shops,” said Chamber Director Sharon Brenner.

Up to 1,500 people were expected to participate in the tour today, which continues Tuesday, June 21, from Granby to Steamboat and then on to Glenwood Springs.

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