You know it is super cool for US cycling that a race of the caliber of the Pro Challenge comes to Colorado every August now. That being said, I’m not really that much into watching bike races live. Honestly, and a ton of you are going to hate this, I wish they would put in a hard circuit race, maybe even a really hard criterium. At least use the old Morgal-Bismark course where the riders come by 7 or 8 times. The most common comment I hear from non cycling fans is, “Is that it?” Michael Aisner was a visionary with the Red Zinger and Coor’s Classic. The sport has legs on it’s own now, but to keep it growing, the spectators need to be entertained.
Today is the time trial. If I don’t really like watching live bike racing, then you can figure how much I like watching a live time trial. I’m not going to do it. It is amazing with all the climbing in this event that 3 guys can be less than 30 seconds apart in the overall. It should make for a very interesting finish. I’m going to be riding up on the Peak to Peak Hwy. above Boulder when it’s going on.
It is amazing how much better I feel riding at 5500 feet than 9-10K feet. There is lots more air down low. I rode over to Golden and up Look Out Mtn. yesterday with my friend Vincent, who lives in Arvada. I’m getting okay miles in here, but am putting in no intensity. I’m going to St. Louis for the Gateway Cup next Friday-Monday. It is 4 criteriums, so I hope that gets me back up to speed.
Tonight I’m going to meet Trudi at a party at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver. It is called Living the Ride and is an event that features Jim Ochowicz and a reunion of the 7-11 team and current BMC team that is racing here. You can click here to get information. I think the tickets are pretty steep at something like 250 bucks, but it is a kind of unique event. It will be nice seeing Andy Hampsten, Davis, Dough and all the other old members of the 7-11 team. When they get together, it is always an interesting time.