The women’s and men’s teams joined forces for the Breckenridge Time Trial, stage five for the men and stage one for the women of their respective USA Pro Challenges. The course stretched the limits of what could be called a “time trial” – with the same harrowing climb up Moonstone Road that destroyed the race in stage four followed by a blistering descent back onto Breckenridge’s Main Street, the course was a unique challenge, one built for the all-rounders that have had their way with the stages so far in Colorado. Words and images by Sam Wiebe
Alison Tetrick’s grandfather Paul has more than a dozen national time trial titles under his belt and still races to this day, well into his eighties. #humanpoweredhealth
It was the first time since the late eighties that the USA Pro Challenge, formerly the Coors Classic, has hosted a women’s race. There were lots of supporters for the ladies’ long overdue return in Breckenridge.
Amy Charity, a Steamboat Springs resident, feels the Colorado love from her superfans, including one very shy little afro-child.
Lex Albrecht, at 5’4″, is one of the team’s smallest riders but the little Canuck pack a serious punch in the hills.
The steeply graded Moonstone Road was the course’s defining feature. Lung-numbingly steep and packed with Colorado’s trademark nuttiest of nutty fan bases, its one of the highlights of the entire Tour. Many riders used road bike setups to help navigate the climb and descent.
The course was certainly not sprinter friendly, but not much else is this week in Colorado. Guilaume Boivin suffers up the climb on Moonstone Road, probably trying to focus on the sprint finishes awaiting in Fort Collins and Denver to help ease the pain.
Even a jaded cycling fan has to give it up for Taylor Phinney. He shattered his leg in a horrific accident in 2014, rehabbed things and is back in action, ripping it up this week in Colorado. The fan support fpr Phinney in his homestate of Colorado has been astonishing.
Ryan Anderson digs deep on Moonstone Road while the sadly eponymous ram horn helmet guy sprints along.
Ryan Anderson ponders things after a hard day marred by a crash.