The United States Forest Service plans to continue its ban imposed on camping along the undesignated campsites on the Independence Pass for this year’s USA Pro Challenge cycling race.
Officials of the Forest Service will further discuss the planning for the race to be held in August with the commissioners of the Pitkin County.
In the year 2011 – the inaugural year of the race – the Forest Service had allowed camping on the roadside along the pass but has since then restricted the camping activities due to the ecological damage that is caused by the influx of people.
Forest Service spokesman Bill Kight said that there will not be much demand for the bike race this year as the bike racers will make only one trip across the pass according to the 2013 planned route. Last year, the bikers had made two trips.
The cycling race is at present trying to obtain a permit for the special event from the Pitkin County, reported aspendailynews.com.
Pitkin County officials believe that the key factor in the advancement of the biking race will be communicating with local people on the camping sites, viewing opportunities and road closures together with other logistics.