Photo Essay | Time Trial | Vail Pass | Stage 6 | USA Pro Challenge

Stage six of the USA Pro Challenge was the decisive day. An uphill, high altitude time trial through Vail Pass. Time trials are called the “race of truth” for a reason – each rider primarily battles his own capacity for pain, and once again, the elements came into play with another summer monsoon rolling over the course. Photos by Sam Wiebe and Casey Gibson

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Bjorn Selander’s father Dag is a former Olympian and a resident of Minnesota, the team’s home base. His son is the only cyclist on the team from the Midwest.

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Team mechanic Andrew Neuser takes a moment to pretend he is team management, and too busy for the camera.

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Bjorn Selander enjoys his Clif Shot in a unique way while prepping for the time trial.

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Even The King needs to make time for his children once in a while.

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TT powerhouse Tom Zirbel warms up on his Lemond Fitness trainer and HED cockpit.

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Vail Pass offers up some of the largest, most enthusiastic crowds in the United States.

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Carter Jones, in his Best Colorado Rider jersey, blasts his way through the crowd on his way to an impressive 10th place finish.

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Carter Jones and Jonas Carney discuss the results on the way down Vail Pass.

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The team’s work area after a rainy day is colorful and chaotic.

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Ryan Anderson makes his way through a tight corridor of fans with one K to go.

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