Here are some pics from the the stage Thursday from Steamboat to Beaver Creek and our ride home. There was a brutal climb up to Bachelor Gulch above Beaver Creek before they decended back down to Avon in pouring rain then back up to the finish in Beaver Creek. That climb destroyed the field and they were seriously suffering at the top.
That's Beaver Creek in the background looking through the KOM top at Bachelor Gulch
The leaders at the top of the climb. Tejay, TommyD and Acevedo.
Some serious suffering in pouring rain. They all looked incredibly miserable between the brutal climb and the rain.
Heading back home the sun came out! We checked out the mechanics in Vail's Ford Park getting the bikes ready for the next day.
Almost back to Copper on my favorite bike path anywhere. More rain, but not too bad.
Amazing sunset looking back toward Vail from the top of Vail Pass.
The sky was on fire. My cellphone camera doesn't do it justice. Shortly after that the sky opened up on the decent down to Copper in a cloud and darkness. Thank goodness for good lights and rain gear!
I'm not sure if I'll post about my experience today at the Vail Pass time trial as I'm a bit shook up about it.