Yesterday some of the greatest road cyclists in the world raced against the clock in Vail, Colorado. The third stage of the US Pro Cycling Challenge featured a 10 mile climb, beginning in Vail Village and climbing Old Route 6 up Vail pass. The route is a throw-back to the Red Zinger/Coors Classic races of the 80’s. The day was hot and sunny and the fans were fired up. Levi Leipheimer edged Christian Vande Velde by 0.058 sec and recapture the race leader’s jersey from Tejay Van Garderen. It was really amazing to be in the thick of things trying to get good images. Things got really interesting as the race got down to the leaders and the fans became more raucous.
Wow, what a place! Thanks to the hard work and dedication of an amazing group of organizations, companies and individuals; the Valmont Bike Park has gone from dream to reality. This little piece of paradise located within the city limits of Boulder, Colorado provides a wonderful mix of trails, tracks, jumps and features to please all types and skill levels of off-road cyclists. We made our first visit today and everyone had a blast. I was psyched that there was a group of awesome riders getting big air in the jump park who were willing to put up with me and my gear.
On a breezy, sometimes snowy, April evening a group of brave souls competed in the first Vail Rec District Short-track MTB race of the 2011 season. The turn-out featured juniors, beginners, sport & expert classes racing around a track at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The efforts were impressive. After the races, competitors were treated to an after-party at the Dusty Boot. Good work to everyone who braved the early season conditions and congratulations to the winners. Here are a couple of the cooler shots from the event.
And our big winner with her biggest fan…..