Vail Time Trial….US Pro Cycling Challenge

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.

Vail Grind….5th leg of the Vail Rec Series

Last night the Vail Rec District hosted the Vail Grind. The Grind is 5th leg of the 2011 Mountain Bike Race series and had a fantastic turnout on a beautiful evening. The course, a 4.7 mile loop that includes 1200′ of climbing, is situated on the Lionshead side of Vail Mountain. From the kids to the Pros everyone seemed to have a suffering good time.