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Old 08-19-12, 04:32 PM
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USA Pro Challenge *** SPOILER ALERT ***

I'm in Durango Co, getting ready to ride the course with a group ahead of the race. Seemed like a good idea at the time I signed up. Now I'm sitting here in the Cyclists Village, looking at all these insanely tiny people, and thinking WTF is a fat old man from Florida doing here?

It will be 6 consecutive days over 100 miles each day with lots and lots of climbing, some it over 12,000 feet.

Tomorrow's Stage 125 miles, 9200 feet vertical. https://www.usaprocyclingchallenge.co...s/2012/stage-1

As for the logistics of the trip, we're in the Cycling Village in Durango, same as the teams, which gives you a little insight to the goings on oof the race, but it also means staying in a dorm apartment and eating in a Cafeteria. We do however, also have professional mechanics and soignuers.

Today, I just did an easy ride down into Durango, explored the city a bit, ran across a book signing with Jonathon Vaugheters for Argyle Armada, and walked around the expo at the village.



















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Old 08-19-12, 05:03 PM
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what kind of bike are you going to be riding?
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Very nice.

Now, perish that thought about WTF an old fat guy from Florida is doing there with all those insanely tiny people and HTFU!

Enjoy the show. And write about the experience so that we can enjoy the ride too.
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what kind of bike are you going to be riding?
Looks like he brought his own (Wilier Zero 7).

That looks like it will be fun, I will look forward to more pictures.
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Do you get to ride the same courses the racers do?
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Looks like a blast. Except maybe all that climbing....
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Enjoy your time and please keep us posted (more photos too!).
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Did you get Mark Johnson's book "The Argyle Armada"? Great insight on racing and the business end also. Mark is a great guy,friend and photojournalist. He's a great asset to the San Diego Cycling community!
Good luck on your adventure! So jealous...............
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I pray for your IT band.

Keep the pics coming Merlin.
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Originally Posted by tony2v View Post
Did you get Mark Johnson's book "The Argyle Armada"? Great insight on racing and the business end also. Mark is a great guy,friend and photojournalist. He's a great asset to the San Diego Cycling community!
Good luck on your adventure! So jealous...............
Got it signed by Mark and JV.
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Do you have to ride the same courses the racers do?
FTFY.

CTS is the only group that gets access to the entire stage everyday. The access is part of what you're paying for.
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Looks like he brought his own (Wilier Zero 7).

That looks like it will be fun, I will look forward to more pictures.
Yep that's the Wilier in the picture.
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Merlin,
Great pics and good luck with the ride, too. I'll look forward to reports about the ride. Keep Representin' Florida!

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That sounds really fun, but brutal.
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You don't really need to pay for access. The roads are open to traffic and cyclists except for a period while the race passes through. Many ride to a good vantage point on a climb to watch the race pass by, then continue the ride after the race passes.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
ftfy.

Cts is the only group that gets access to the entire stage everyday. The access is part of what you're paying for.

cts?
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Kick it's ass, Merlin!!!
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Awesome merlin! It seems like you started your vetnure with a recovery ride!
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Nice photos! Enjoy the race and the scenery (be that mountains or people of all sizes)
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You don't really need to pay for access. The roads are open to traffic and cyclists except for a period while the race passes through. Many ride to a good vantage point on a climb to watch the race pass by, then continue the ride after the race passes.
The difference is Merlin is with CTS and they are a sponsor. They won't get kicked off the route before the race likes others and he gets access at the finish to watch.
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I saw a team Cannondale truck in South Boulder a couple weeks ago. Not sure if it's related. But I will be going to see the race in Boulder on Saturday.
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The difference is Merlin is with CTS and they are a sponsor. They won't get kicked off the route before the race likes others and he gets access at the finish to watch.
Yes, and there are other benefits as well. I didn't say otherwise, only that you don't need to pay to get access to the course.
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I took this picture in Boulder a few days ago.

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