2015 Squawker Road Classic

Click Here for race flyer that includes course maps. For Road Closure and traffic information scroll down a bit.

Director Dave Hagen and his bunch of Durango shredders.

The Fort Lewis College Cycling Team will hold its annual Squawker Classic road racing events Saturday March 28th and Sunday the 29th.  Collegiate cyclists from the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) will descend upon Durango for one of the toughest weekends of racing before USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in Asheville, NC May 8-10. It is the 4th RMCCC conference race weekend of the spring season offering up a Team Time Trial, Criterium and a Road Circuit race for Division 1 archrivals University of Colorado-Boulder and Colorado State University and Division 2 powerhouse Colorado Mesa University. There is also USA Cycling category racing for locals to participate in.

The action will begin 8am Saturday morning March 28th with the “Morehart Murphy Team Time Trial.” Four-person collegiate teams and individual racers will start the intersection of River Road and CR 213 (La Posta) at one-minute intervals, finishing 13 miles later on La Posta just before Highway 550. An Individual Time Trail will be offered to citizen racers. Races will finish around 10:00am.

The “Durango Performance Center Criterium” has a new on campus venue for 2015 starting at 11:30am.  The flat .7-mile course starts in front of Pine Hall on Skyhawk Ave, turns right onto Rim Drive then right onto 8th Ave., right onto Talon Dr. next to the Concert Hall and a final right turn back onto Skyhawk to the finish. Five collegiate and four citizen categories will speed around the course for varying amounts of time based on experience and ability. The action will be fast and fun! Racing concludes at 6pm.

Racing concludes on Sunday March 29 with the grueling “Coca-Cola Road Race,” starting at 8:00am on Rim Drive in front of the Education Business Hall. Travelling clockwise on Rim Dr. the course turns left on North Rim Drive (CR239) passing Hillcrest Golf Course then right on North College, through the roundabout, down Goeglein Gulch Road (CR238) and right on East 8th Avenue back to Rim Drive, completing the super tough 5-mile circuit.  The amount of laps will be based on category ranging from 3-9 laps.

You can also keep up with the action on the team Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FLCCyclingTeam

Come watch your Skyhawk cyclists in action against our conference foes. The RMCCC conference schedule, results and standings can be found at http://www.rmccc.org/ and info on collegiate cycling is here: http://www.usacycling.org/collegiate/

Volunteers will gladly be accepted – 40+ are need in registration and as course marshals. Contact Dave Hagen at hagen_d@fortlewis.edu if you would like to help

Traffic Information:

For the Time Trial on Saturday from 8-10am there may be short delays on CR 213 to allow riders to start and please use caution if travelling that direction.

For the Criterium on Saturday from 11am-6pm Skyhawk Ave. between Talon and Rim Dr. and 8th Ave between Rim Dr. and Talon will be closed to traffic in both directions. Rim Dr. between Skyhawk and 8th Ave. will have alternating traffic so some minor delays may be expected.

For the Road Race on Sunday to ensure a safe event for participants the following roads will be CLOSED to vehicles from 8am to 4pm:

  • Southbound Goeglein Gulch between the Ft. Lewis Dr. roundabout and 8th Ave.
  • 8th Ave. between College Dr. and the Rim Dr. traffic signal
  • N. Rim Dr. (CR239) from N. College to Hillcrest Golf Course both directions, except resident access

Residents and businesses of Skyridge, Hillcrest, Hillcrest Estates, Hillcrest Apartments, Silver Peak Condos, Hillcrest Golfers and Fort Lewis College please take note:

The only way off the Mesa is via North College to Florida Rd. and the best way up is Goeglein Gulch.

Also, drivers that use N. College and Geoglein to access South Durango should use Florida Rd. to avoid getting turned around at the roundabout.

For more information contact Dave Hagen at HAGEN_D@fortlewis.edu