The next few days were spent mingling with Luke, and his roomies, Donavan, Ariel, Tony, and Chad. The day after I arrived, I slept in (of course) and once I finally got up, I wandered over to the U.S. Olympic Training Center, which is where Luke spends most of his days. He's going to school on a triathlete scholarship at UCCS and thus trains. A lot. Winning a junior National Championship doesn't happen by accident...
Getting to Colorado Springs
After saying good bye to the cuz and Carrie, I checked my Google Maps route on my phone once more and set off south from their house. I snaked through another park and passed no less than 5 different bike lane designs within the first few miles. Before long, the city gave way to residential neighborhoods, suburbs and really nice mountain views...
On the road with the US Pro Challenge and the Mile-High City
As I stated in the last post, I got up around 6 I think to pack up everything and get it all down stairs to the van. Ned and Jason were there already loading up and Corey showed up to say goodbye. After getting everything in van with mild difficulty, we shipped out to find the best possible vantage point for TV coverage as well as a good place to see the end of the race...
Steamboat & the USA Pro Cycling Challenge!
Don't ever visit Steamboat Springs. You'll hate it. I promise. It's only one of the best places in United States in my opinion. But that's just my opinion...
Togwotee Pass, WY > Steamboat Springs, CO:
A long, sagebrush-filled ride bookended by two of the highest climbs I'll cross on this trip (on my bike).
Yellowstone National Park and The Tetons
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