Despite rain, wind and unusually chilly temperatures (fall seems to have arrived early this year…), the USA Pro Challenge has been making its way up and down and all around the great state of Colorado. The race began in Aspen on August 18 and snaked its way through the rocky outcrops and green valleys of Crested Butte and Breckenridge, up and over Monarch Pass and down Kebler Pass before coming to a close in Denver on August 24 with Colorado Native, Tejay van Garderen collecting the yellow jersey for an overall win.
Mr. A and I made our way down “the hill” yesterday to watch the pros make their final climb of the Pro Challenge. We have some friends that live in Golden so we parked the Jeep at their place, hopped on our bikes and staked out a spot on top of Lookout Mountain to watch the peloton serpentine their way from Boulder, up Lookout Mountain Road and then back down into Denver.
We perched ourselves on our own little rocky outcrop and had a perfect view of the riders as they cranked their way up the hill, speeding around corners, quads bulging as they tackled the four mile climb. As they rounded the final bend in the climb, we clambered our way through the crowds and laid claim to a front seat view as the riders came flying by.
Beads of sweat flew off foreheads wrinkled in concentration, the hum from the rotation of their wheels mingled with cow bells and excited shouts creating an orchestra of sounds and a strong breeze blew spectators out-of-the-way as the riders barreled after each other up the last pitch of the climb, before launching themselves down the hill, one after another.
Congrats to Tejay on the win and way to go out with a bang Jens!