I’ve never really considered myself a fan of professional cycling. I mean I’ve watched the Tour de France before, usually when Americans are winning, but I never really understood the excitement levels. That is, until this weekend.
Two fortuitous events led to this revelation, I’ll start with the first:
An invite from an old friend to head to the hills, get some fresh air and watch the USA Pro Cycling Challenge arrive in Steamboat Springs. The timing of the invite could not have been better, totally last minute but doable with work. I just had to convince my wife that a man trip to the mountains was for the greater good of our family, right Babe?
We arrived at my buddy’s cabin the next afternoon. It’s hard to describe how beautiful it is up there right now, so I won’t.
So there we were in a remote cabin, with about twenty four hours before the race would arrive in Steamboat. What to do, what to do, what to do…
We tried fly fishing on this lake, the light seemed right but the fish were not impressed.
There was a bit of traffic on the way back that evening…
,,,and there was just enough time to squeeze in a boat launch the next morning.
On your mark…
You might think that a blog post about a cycling race might include photos of that race, and had I not left the camera behind that afternoon you’d probably be right. I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it that the scene in Steamboat was electric. Thousands of people lined the streets and rooftops to watch the riders sprint to the finish. Not exactly John Elway winning the superbowl status, but as far as sports events in Colorado, this was huge.
The next morning we blazed ahead of the race to get back to Denver, back to reality. Rabbit Ears Pass was littered with people waiting to see the next leg of the race, many in strange costumes.
The second fortuitous event happened the next day when not only did our children take long afternoon naps, but those naps corresponded with the tour ending in Denver AND the coverage was on a channel we get. Yes, that’s right, we live right here in Denver and we watched the race on tv. In some ways it was more fun than being on the course, not quite as exciting but you learn a lot more about the race watching the coverage.
Anyways, I’m sold. Can we look forward to next year?