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Weather Updates

Thanks for checking in on the weather for the 2018 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic! We'll continue posting detailed daily reports through Sunday.

UPDATE FROM SATURDAY, 5:01 AM

The weather is holding steady and we’ll be in for mild, dry, but breezy day. Temps will start in the low 50s in Durango and in the low 40s along Coal Bank and Molas Pass. The winds should be light in the morning ahead of increasing from the south and southwest after 10 am. Sustained wind speeds of 10-15 mph will prevail out of the south, with gusts of 20-30+ mph by late morning. The riders will have a nice tailwind as they finish the race into Silverton. We could see a few high clouds develop by midday and move from the south to north but this will be about it, weather-wise.

UPDATE FROM THURSDAY, 9:39 AM

-Mild and dry conditions have settled in and will now continue through early next week. We could see a few scattered clouds develop on Saturday and Sunday afternoon but any chances for precipitation will remain to our north and east as the Four Corners region remains under mostly sunny skies.
For Saturday's Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, temperatures will start in the upper 40s to low 50s in Durango and in the low 40s along Coal Bank and Molas Pass. The winds will be light in the morning ahead of increasing from the south and southwest by late-morning. Look for sustained wind speeds of 10-15 mph out of the south, with gusts of 20-30+ mph after 11 a.m. This should provide the riders with a nice tailwind as they finish the race into Silverton.
For Sunday's races near and around Durango, temperatures will start in the upper 40s to low 50s before climbing into the upper 70s by early Sunday afternoon. The winds on Sunday will also remain relatively light, with gusts from the south and southwest reaching 10-15 mph.
To recap, standard procedure is recommended for the weekend and we remain very confident that there is no need to alter the races on Saturday or Sunday. The only minor distraction for the weekend will be stronger winds heading into Saturday afternoon but this should not have a major impact on the race.

UPDATE FROM WEDNESDAY, 9:00 AM

Mild and dry conditions will settle in through the remainder of the week and continue through the upcoming weekend. We could see a few high clouds develop on Saturday and Sunday afternoon but any chances for precipitation will likely remain to our north as southwestern Colorado remains under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will start in the upper 40s to low 50s on Saturday morning in Durango and in the low 40s along Coal Bank and Molas Pass. Winds will be very light at race start-time. They could then increase slightly from the south by midday but any gusts will remain below 15 mph. To wrap up, standard procedure is recommended and I remain very confident that there is no need to alter the race at this time.

UPDATE FROM TUESDAY, 10:00 AM

Mild and dry weather will settle in beginning on Thursday and continue through at least Saturday. Temperatures will be in the upper 40s to low 50s at start-time in Durango and in the upper 30s to low 40s along Coal Bank and Molas Pass. A few clouds could develop by midday but chances for precipitation remain low at this time. I am monitoring an increase in winds from the southwest beginning on Saturday so that will likely be our main focus heading into the weekend. Standard procedure is recommended and I'm confident that there is no need to alter the race at this time.

UPDATE FROM MONDAY, 9:33 PM

The weather looks great heading into the weekend and there will NOT be a major weather event to impact the race on Saturday. Temperatures should be in the upper 40s to low 50s at start-time in Durango and in the upper 30s to low 40s along Coal Bank and Molas Pass. We could see a few high clouds develop by midday Saturday but chances for precipitation are very low beginning on Thursday and lasting through at least Saturday. Standard procedure is recommended and I'm very confident that there is no need to alter the race at this time.