Thursday, August 29, 2013

The RACE comes to Colorado

USA Pro Challenge, bike race, Aspen, NBC Sports
The USA Pro Challenge bike race came to Colorado last week! Over 1,000,000 spectators, over $100 million in economic benefit, plus a week of great racing was wonderful for our state! NBC Sports carried the race and it was shown in 200 countries! Aspen, Breckenridge and Fort Collins’ fans were out in force as the race came through their towns!

Vail, time trial, Dick Gentry, Lisa Decker
My daughter, Lisa, and I drove to Vail for the Time Trial on a gorgeous day!

Smashburger, New Belgium Brewing, hamburger, Vail
It was great to see the support and sponsorship by local corporations like Smashburger and New Belgium Brewing! Smashburger is my favorite gourmet hamburger restaurant and is growing across the country! I love this beer cart in Vail.

Chris Froome, Tour de France, Vail Pass, BMC Racing, Tejay van Garderen, Aspen
Chris Froome, who won this year’s Tour de France, starts up the 10 mile Vail Time Trial course from town through the steep pitch of Vail Pass. Froome had trouble with the altitude, but BMC Racing’s Tejay van Garderen from Aspen won the stage in a record time. I can’t believe they were averaging over 20+ mpg! I rode it last month and suffered in my lowest gear!

mountains, costumes, party atmosphere, Vail
Mountain stages around the world are known for crazy costumes and a party atmosphere. Vail was no exception as the crazies were out in force!

***Great video of totally crazy cycling fans on Vail Pass Time Trial!

Vail Village, Colorado
Beautiful Vail Village.

Dick Gentry, professional bike racing, Andy Shleck, Jens Voight
I love professional bike racing and had to talk to Andy Shleck, former Tour de France winner from Luxembourg, and Jens Voight from Germany.

Lisa Decker, Ray Decker, VIP, Wesco Fabrics
Lisa was able to obtain VIP access for the final stage in Denver!  Her husband Ray is a sales person for Wesco Fabrics in Colorado.

photographer, Jens Voight, cycling
Photographers swarm Jens Voight, cycling’s most favorite rider! At 41, he has developed a worldwide fan base.

Colorado, Tom Danielson, fans
Colorado's Tom Danielson greets fans before the start.

racing, riders, Columbia
The riders wait for the start. We had a large team from Columbia this year.

BMC Racing, Tejay van Garderen
BMC riders form a fast pace line as they block the wind and protect for eventual winner Tejay van Garderen.

***Video of final stage with great images of Denver!

racing fans, Vail, cycling
Young racing fans make noise for their favorites.

podium girls, awards, finish line, USA Pro Challenge
The podium girls walk to the finish platform to give awards along with the famous “podium kisses.”

Trek, bike frames, custom bikes, USA Pro Challenge, Colorado
Many manufacturers set up elaborate displays to showcase their latest products. Trek’s “Project One” lets buyers totally customize their bikes in both colors and components. Trek will be a major team sponsor in 2014 competing in races around the world. Love these frame color combinations!

I hope to see you at next year’s USA Pro Challenge in Colorado!

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