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post #1 of 18
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The big Colorado bike race started yesterday.  Today's stage from Aspen to Crested Butte should be great.  Watch on cable or via a free iOS or Android app:

 

 

http://usaprocyclingchallenge.com/

 

A nice pic from the race yesterday.   I believe that's Aspen Highlands in the background with Buttermilk in the foreground:

 

 

Source: http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/08/gallery/gallery-2014-usa-pro-challenge-stage-1_341549

post #2 of 18

I was suppose to be there this weekend, but I had to go to DC instead.  

 

They are on McLain Flats, Buttermilk in the foreground and Highlands is in the background.

post #3 of 18
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DC in August... vs. Aspen. :(

 

I'm hoping to head up for Friday's finish in Breck.  I love the race because it allows riding on roads I otherwise wouldn't because of too many cars, since they close the roads to traffic two hours before the race.  I think I'll ride up Hoosier Pass for the first time Friday.

 

The Vail Pass time trial on Sat is also really fun to watch in person at the finish.  You can either ride over the pass from Copper or park at the top and head down the bike path from there.

post #4 of 18
Current temp Reagan National Airport:
85°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: E at 10 mph
Humidity: 53%
post #5 of 18
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^^^^  Hey, that's not too bad for DC in August!   

 

But... look at the nighttime low of 48 in the mountains vs 72 in DC.  I love that cool mountain air in the summer!

 

 

And... TV/App video coverage of the race just started with Phil and Paul commentary :D 

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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

Current temp Reagan National Airport:
85°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: E at 10 mph
Humidity: 53%

 

 

Yes, the weather wasn't too bad. Got a little muggy in the afternoon.

I thought about you while I was riding the Capital Cresent Sunday.

post #7 of 18
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Wow, what an amazing finish at Crested Butte!   Watch the recap tonight if you can!

 

And... speaking of weather, it played a huge role in the race today as a big thunderstorm hit as they descended down the dirt road on Kebler Pass.  That led to the organizers taking an action I bet you've never seen before in a major bike race.  How's that for a tease?  :) 

 

Tomorrow should be good too.  The race starts in Gunnision, heads over Monarch Pass to Salida, then back up Monarch Pass the other direction to finish at Monarch Ski Area.  

post #8 of 18
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Anybody else watching the race?   The last two stage finishes were more exciting than most the TDF!   If you want to watch replays it's free if you download the app.   

post #9 of 18

Yesterday's finish was amazing.  I didn't think he'd take the stage but it took a hell of an effort to hold on for the stage win.  And the finish in Crested Butte was Epic as well.  Howe's looking like a guy to watch in future World Tour events.  The interview with Phinney was quite interesting as well as all of these guys (Howe, Reijnin, and Phinney) all train together in the off-season in Boulder.  You could here the longing he had to be riding with his boys .  Evidently he did get on the bike for a quick ride with BMC and couldn't believe the speed.  Guess he's lost a lot of conditioning in 3 months of recovery.

 

Today's stage ought to be interesting -- a 17% grade that they'll hit 3 times.  Wonder how the Majka/Danielson/Van Garderen competition will go.  Perhaps Jens will get away for a stage victory?  Although I'm really, really hoping that he wins on Sunday (but highly unlikely).

 

Mike

post #10 of 18
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I'm really looking forward to Jens doing something remarkable before he retires Sunday...  you know at the very least he's going to turn himself inside out trying.  He had some really nice things to say about Colorado, not that we needed any more reason to root for him to win a stage:

 

Quote:
 So, why choose to end it all now? First, Voigt wanted to end on his terms, not when teams decided they no longer wanted to offer him a contract. (He will turn 43 next month.) And he wanted to do it in Colorado, a place he called "beautiful" and "good for your soul." He even went fly-fishing with his team, Trek Factory Racing.

"I think I have a pretty good fan base in the U.S.," Voigt said, "and it just felt right to end my career here."

http://www.denverpost.com/cycling/ci_26355304/german-cyclist-jens-voigt-says-usa-pro-challenge

 

I'm excited to ride Hoosier Pass for the first time tomorrow to see the race :D.  It never rains up there in the afternoon, does it?  :rolleyes 

post #11 of 18
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Just turned on the race and Jens is in a 12 man break +4:10 on the peloton :)  

 

Still 53 miles to go and tv coverage just started... so hopefully not a spoiler for anyone.

post #12 of 18

So disappointed in today's finish.  Guess there's tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday...

 

Mike

post #13 of 18
We were cheering Jens on the TV coverage, bummed for him. Had a few extra minutes to try and see some of the race while on my way to watch a XC state high school invitational today in COS where two of my sons were running.

Didn't get to see any of the riders, but good buzz out there. Tomorrow is supposed to be full on monsoon, that should be interesting with a good east to west leg smile.gif.
post #14 of 18
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Tomorrow is supposed to be full on monsoon, that should be interesting with a good east to west leg smile.gif.

 

Oh crap, it's looking ugly up here.   Forecast looks horribly wet, and so does looking out the window:

 

Copper:

 

Breck:

 

Gonna hop on my bike soon.  :eek  We'll see how far we get up Hoosier Pass...

post #15 of 18
^^^^good luck today. Monsoon setup looks awfully good...upper low coming out of AZ, kicker system coming out of PNW, tons of moisture in place...
post #16 of 18
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Yeah. .. made it to Breck dry!

post #17 of 18
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Wet and cold up top. Back down in Breck and it's dry. Decent is nasty in the rain.





Sandwich down and heading up bores pass now.
post #18 of 18
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I watched the video replay... what a dud.   They had almost zero video footage!?!?!?!  

 

I totally understand not being able to fly up on Hoosier Pass.  It was miserable up there.  You probably couldn't ask for worse icing conditions for aircraft.  It's really a shame we can't see the race up there, though.  Those guys were suffering and must have been fighting it out given how broken up they were arriving in Breck.

 

What I don't get is why they had almost no video from Breck and  Boreas Pass?   The weather was clear and the helicopter was flying above.  Something else must have been going wrong at that point.  They missed some really good racing.   I really hope the ongoing video issues don't kill this great race!

 

Here's my little bit of video.   This is probably the steepest grade heading up toward Boreas Pass, a couple minutes behind the leaders:

 

 

 

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