In what was one of the coolest new events to come to Aspen, the second stage of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge finished in town Wednesday. The 130+ mile course started in Gunnison and climbed over Cottonwood Pass before heading to Aspen via Independence Pass, where a reported 3000+ fired up spectators lined the road to the summit, giving it a feel akin to an Alps stage of the Tour de France. Christy and I weren’t able to be up there, so we watched from town and were completely blown away by the whole thing. Having watched hundreds of cycling race stages on television through the years, it was entirely new and totally impressive to see these top riders blast by in person. Hopefully it’s just the first of what becomes an annual event.
Here’s a sequence of shots as the front end of the race flew through downtown: