2015 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 07
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2015 USA Pro Challenge: Stage 07

Sunday - August 23, 2015 - Denver, CO

We are headed home. And, as far as we can tell, from the email/voice/text correspondence we have been receiving from home, our homes are not broken. This is a great sign.

TABLE OF CONTENTS MFS TEAM
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Daniel Wakefield Pasley
Owner/Operator, Photographer, Writer and Publisher
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Kyle Von Hoetzendorff
Writer, Editor
Special Guest Rebecca Gates Sound Artist
RACE BIBLE
START

Golden

FINISH

Denver

DISTANCE

68.1 mi

KOMS

Lookout Mountain, 15 mi

SPRINTS

Denver, 42.5 mi (4 laps to go)

WINNING TIME

2:20:03

TOP 3 FINISHERS
  1. John Murphy, 2:20:03
  2. Taylor Phinney, +0:00:00
  3. Lucas Sebastian Haedo, +0:00:00
TOP 3 GC STANDINGS
  1. Rohan Dennis, 23:53:44
  2. Brent Bookwalter, +0:00:44
  3. Rob Britton, +0:01:31
COURSE DESCRIPTION [OFFICIAL]

For a finale, the Pro Challenge goes back to its roots. This route was the final stage of the first Pro Challenge in 2011 and introduced the world to the cycling crowds on the Front Range. After a short loop north of Golden the race will tackle its main obstacle of the day, the 4-mile climb of Lookout Mtn. Another quick pass of Golden and the race is screaming through Wheat Ridge and Lakewood en route to downtown Denver. Four laps of the familiar Denver circuit await and Civic Center Park, City Park, and 17th street will be treated to blazing speeds as the last prizes of the week are fought over tooth and nail.

MANUAL FOR SPEED BIBLE
TIME OF FILING

n/a

ACCOMMODATION

Home

WIFI DETAILS
100% rock solid Comcast BLAST!
WEATHER
Shorts and short sleeves. No sweat.
NUMBER OF STEPS

n/a

TODAY'S OBJECTIVES
  1. Shoot the riders as they came up Lookout Mountain. ✓
  2. Shoot riders on the Microboards Scooters. X
  3. Do a fun photoshooting with either Lachlan, Kiel, Axeon, or just about anyone who is awesome. X
  4. Go home. ✓
COURSE DESCRIPTION [UNOFFICIAL]

Transcript of the phoned course description:

 

  • The riders started at the start. Stop.
  • Then they climbed up a climb. Stop. (I think they call this hill Lookout  Mountain, but its not, it should be called Lookout Knoll, or Lookout Hill or Lookout Rise, but not Mt. Lookout.) Stop.
  • After that they descended down a descent. Stop.
  • This was followed by a bit of pedaling by some strip malls, a few churches, and series of houses. Stop.
  • Once that was accomplished there were a couple of tours around a few blocks of the downtown. Stop.
  • Finally they stopped at the stop, in order from first to last. Stop.
TODAY'S OBSERVATION #1

Parking lots really are the places where everything starts and stops.

TODAY'S OBSERVATION #2

Penny Farthings are a thing in Colorado. Now is the time to celebrate wooden teeth, dysentery, and bed pans.

TODAY'S OBSERVATION #3

In Golden, the Coors factory looms over the city, sinister and industrial. Is there a madman/genius living within its walls who is, at this very moment, hatching a scheme to entice six lucky delinquents to tour his factory, and through a series of drinking challenges and hazing rituals, discover the heir to his brewing empire?

TODAY'S OBSERVATION #4

N/A

TODAY'S OBSERVATION #5

N/A

MEAL & FOOD REPORT

Other than Starbucks x 3, we went Work & Class for dinner. Rebecca, Daniel, and I ran into Becca Schepps and Dan Holloway while we were walking around the park that was located next to the place where the racers stopped racing. It was like old pals bumping into old pals, even though some of us weren’t old pals. But we all talked, then we all decided to go eat. The food, following the overall pattern of Colorado, was totally fine. The conversation was better. Thank for being there guys.

RETRACTIONS/CORRECTIONS/APOLOGIES

Hey Colorado. I want you to understand, it’s not you, it’s me. You are totally fine: turkey sandwich fine, Subaru fine, khaki pants fine. Hey, 200 days of sunshine, am I right? So I want to be clear that you have a lot going for you, SO much, and you don’t need a capricious guy like me around anyway. You’ve got all these great hills, Whole Foods, and strip malls. Its going to be ok, TRUST ME.

QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Onetogoonetogoonetogoonetogoonetogoonetogoonetogoonetogoonetogoonetogoonetogo!"
-Dave Towle
"The pro peloton is an interesting beast."
-Dave Towle
"You’ve got to respect the peloton because they can continually put fresh horses on the front."
-Dave Towle
"He writes a good blog."
-Anonymous, on anonymous
IMFS Status Update

We are headed home. And, as far as we can tell, from the email/voice/text correspondence we have been receiving from home, our homes are not broken. This is a great sign.

 

Tuesday Update: Yep, our homes are not broken. All good.

AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE™

Holstered umbrellas.

IIToday's Highs & Lows
HIGH POINTS
  • The last day of the race.

  • Dan Holloway buying us dinner. #critbucks

  • Running into Brady Kappius on our way to Starbucks.

  • Teo taking the best young rider jersey.

  • Watching five firemen play hackysack.

LOW POINTS
  • Getting bounced out of the party pen.

  • Looking down at my phone and realizing it was still broken, every time.

  • The TSA PreCheck line being closed at Denver International at 7 PM.

  • The aggressive pantomiming of the TSA officer checking boarding passes at Denver International at 7 PM.

IIIGolden I
Women's Race
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IVGolden II
Men's Start
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VAlong the Course
Men's Race
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VIDenver

Facts Courtesy of Wikipedia

 

  1. Country: United States
  2. State: Colorado
  3. City and County: Denver
  4. Founded: November 17, 1858 as Denver City, K.T.
  5. Incorporated: November 7, 1861 as Denver City, C.T.
  6. Consolidated: November 15, 1902 as the City and County of Denver
  7. Named for: James W. Denver
  8. Government Type: Consolidated City and County
  9. Body: Denver City Council
  10. Mayor: Michael Hancock (D)
  11. Consolidated City and County Area: 155 square mi (400 square km)
  12. Metro Area: 8,414 square mi (21,793 square km)
  13. Elevation: 5,130-5,690 ft (1,564-1,731 m)
  14. Consolidated City and County Population (2010): 600,158
  15. Consolidated City and County Population (2014 Estimate): 663,862
  16. Rank: US 21st
  17. Density: 4,044/square mi (1,561/square km)
  18. Urban: 2,374,203 (US 18th)
  19. Metro: 2,754,258 (US 21st)
  20. Demonym: Denverite
  21. Time Zone: MST/MDT (UTC-7/UTC-6)
  22. ZIP Codes: 80201–80212, 80214–80239, 80241, 80243–80244, 80246–80252, 80256–80266, 80271, 80273–80274, 80279–80281, 80290–80291, 80293–80295, 80299, 80012, 80014, 80022, 80033, 80123, 80127
  23. Area Codes: 303 and 720
  24. INCITS Place Code: 0820000
  25. GNIS Feature ID: 0201738
  26. Highways: I-25, I-70, I-76, I-225, I-270, US 285, US 287, SH 2, SH 26, SH 30, SH 35, SH 83, SH 88, SH 95, SH 121, SH 177, SH 265, SH 470, E-470
  27. Website: denvergov.org
  28. Capital and most populous city of the State of Colorado
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