The press conference yesterday for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge was filled with road cycling royalty: Cadel Evans, the Schleck brothers, Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, Ivan Basso, Christian Vande Velde. The press conference itself felt special–it was the first time in 23 years that a stage race was being held in Colorado.

The altitude and the Columbians were the topics of choice at the press conference. Stage 2 of the race is sure to be a killer–riders will scale two mountain passes, both at 12,000 feet, one of which is a dirt road.

Tom Danielson is a local favorite so expect him to make a good showing. The Tour de France podium guys will do well, but methinks none of them are after glory.

Watch for the Columbians, and read my latest blog post on Trail’s Edge for a preview of the race.