Well, we had our first bout of technical difficulties on the road today. After one successful image upload, the remaining 12 failed. There is a bright side. My favorite image of the day made it! Our plan today was to catch a bit of the pre-race moments in Salida, then hit the road right before the start so we could share all the beautiful Colorado moments along the course. There were plenty! It was amazing how many people came out to see the race. Every ranch in the Gunnison valley had shut down for the day, and the families set up shop along the road to cheer the riders as they passed. We barely made it to Crested Butte. I had forgotten to fill up before we left and we nearly ran out of gas. Once we got to Crested Butte, we scouted out a location that happened to be both beautiful and near some of the most hospitable folk the valley could offer. If you read this blog with any regularity, you write about cycling’s ability to bridge any political, ethnic, or religious gap that may exist between people. After you spend hours, sitting on the side of a mountain, staring at an empty road, you get to know your fellow spectator pretty well. Without fail, this has been the case for me in Europe at the Tour de France. I always leave France with a couple more friends than I had when I left. Today, it was no different in the states. Doug, pictured here (and his family and friends not pictured because they couldn’t be uploaded) are some of the nicest people you could meet. Not only did they keep us amused with their antics, they offered us drinks, dinner, and a standing invite to come visit the largest ranch in the Crested Butte valley. THIS IS WHY I LOVE BIKE RACING!
Update: Technical issues have been resolved! Here are a few moments I wanted to share from yesterday’s stage.
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