In this installment of my Colorado trip is about the 2012 US Pro Cycling Challenge. The tour took place from August 20 to August 26 and went throughout the state. This was my first time spectating a cycling race and it is remarkably similar to the WRC and SCCA rally races I used to frequent. The following is the list of stages I saw and the accompanying photos I took:
Stage 3 - Gunnison to Aspen: This was the first stage I spectated. Saul and I tried to beat the racers up Independence Pass on our bikes. Yeah... that didn't happen.
Stage 4 - Aspen to Beaver Creek: I got to check out all the teams before they started off. Great atmosphere!
|Mine can go in the hatch.|
|Finally! Someone interesting to interview!|
|There's gotta be room for a unicycle!|
|Cycling legend George Hincapie. This was his final race event, aka retirement party!|
|Stage 4 leader (and eventual winner) Christian Vandevelde.|
Stage 5 - Breckenridge to Colorado Springs: Again, we just hung out around the start and enjoyed ourselves.
|Nice spectator area in Breckenridge.|
Stage 6 - Golden to Boulder: We spectated in downtown Boulder.
|Peloton being lead by BMC|
Stage 7 - Denver Time Trial: The time trial course circled downtown Denver and we were fortunate enough to catch the start and finish of the race leaders.
|Tejay van Garderen|