Photo essay of the six circuits of downtown Denver from the final day of racing in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The day was marked by huge crowds, hot sun, and awesome racing. We are keeping our fingers crossed that sponsors will want to make this a tradition in Colorado.

I uploaded the largest version of these photos as possible, so click on each photo to see the full version and ready my witty captions.

My favorite shot of the day, taken from the corner of Broadway and Colfax with a Canon Powershot:

Speeding past at 30+ miles an hour

Riders complete circuit one of Stage 6 of the USAPPC

Civic Center Park in Denver in the background

Spectators were snap-happy that day

Are support cars a necessary evil of road racing?

Rounding the bend, again

Rush hour

And back the other way...

Rush Hour 2: Where's Chris Tucker?

Colfax and Broadway intersection, right before a short steep hill

Demoralizing short hill ahead

Unnamed rider, but a hero in my book

Here they come...

Look at the body language

The peloton heads up Capitol Hill, Colorado State House in the background

Winner Levi Leipheimer's protective posse. Great work, young man!


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.