|Pix from Saturn Cycling Classic. . .||js5280|
Aug 12, 2002 7:05 AM
|What can I say, it was a busy cycling weekend! Even managed to get my first olympic distance triathlon in this weekend too :-)
Well, thought I'd start with "It's another beautiful day along the front range. . ."
|Bicycle race follows. . .||js5280|
Aug 12, 2002 7:11 AM
|Okay a little setup. The race starts in Boulder, CO and end in Breckenridge, CO. About 140 miles, with approximately 14,000 vertical feet of climbing over 7 mountain passes. Two of the climbs exceed 11,500 feet. There's some dirt sections along the way so most of the racers switch to mountain bikes for those sections.
These pictures were taken on the very first climb up to Wondervu, just a few miles up Coal Creek Canyon.
|Here comes the breakaway. . .||js5280|
Aug 12, 2002 7:16 AM
|Racing commentary from the website (the pictures were taken al little after 10am). . .
9:20 a.m. – They're off. 107 riders pedal away from 14th and Pearl in downtown Boulder under completely blue skies. No clouds in sight. Temperature about 65 degrees.
9:40 a.m. – Just two miles into the race, two groups broke away from the pack, and now four miles from the start, the two groups have combined to form a break-away pack of 14 riders along Colo. 93.
10:00 a.m. – Now 10 miles into the race, just making the right-hand turn from Colo. 93 onto Colo.72, starting the first climb up to Wondervu. One of the 15 front-runners has been dropped from the lead pack. Now there's a lead group of 14 riders. Three riders are chasing them about two minutes behind. The rest of the field is about 2 minutes, 40 seconds behind the lead.
10:15 a.m. – Still on the climb to Wondervu. The lead 14 include: two Handle Bar & Grill riders Rishi Grewal (No. 2) and Mike Carter (No. 7); three Mercury riders Jesus Zarate (No. 14), Henk Vogels (No. 15) and Phil Zajicek (No. 17); three Prime Alliance riders Matt DeCanio (No. 23), Alex Candelario (No. 24) and Russell Stevenson (No. 25); two Saturn Cycling Team rider Soren Peterson (No. 35) and Harm Jansen (No. 37); one Navigators rider Glen Mitchell (No. 63); one Trek/VW-New Belgium Jeff Hartmann (No. 75); one Sierra Nevada rider Troy White (No. 85); and one Vitamin Cottage/Morgal Bismark rider Jon Tarkington (No. 126).
|Some riders trying to bridge the gap. . .||js5280|
Aug 12, 2002 7:18 AM
|Shot of Barkley Robinson from Schwab Cycles/Torelli. . .||js5280|
Aug 12, 2002 7:24 AM
|This was not a good picture day for me. The breakway took the opposite site of the road to apex the corner so I moved over to that side for some good close-ups of the peloton. The peloton stayed on the outside of the turn so no good close-ups. Plus it was backlit so I can't take many quick succession pictures because the flash has to recharge. . .|
|Here comes the peloton. . .||js5280|
Aug 12, 2002 7:25 AM
|Best shot of the day. . .||js5280|
Aug 12, 2002 7:28 AM
|but it was the neutral support car. Still pretty cool though. Can I buy one at my Saturn dealership? Do I get all those wheels/cycling equipment with it? ;-)|
|Here comes my ride. . .||js5280|
Aug 12, 2002 7:33 AM
|Thought this was pretty funny. Yep, it's the Broom Wagon!
Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
BTW, ESPN2 will air a national half-hour special on the Saturn Cycling Classic on Sunday, August 18, at 2:30 p.m. EDT. Wow! A whole half hour! Don't want to cut into that gripping Lumberjack and World's Strongest Man coverage do they! Well, I guess we have to take what we can get. . .
|Thank you for the pix & congrats on the tri.! (nm)||gs6769|
Aug 12, 2002 7:55 AM
|Keep your eyes on the||african|
Aug 12, 2002 9:43 AM
|Keep your eyes on the||african|
Aug 12, 2002 9:46 AM
|road, that was for the first picture. Just kidding though, thanks for the pics. Keep up the tri thing.|
|Guilty as charged. . .||js5280|
Aug 12, 2002 10:18 AM
|Just hope that cyclist I brushed was okay ;-)|| |