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Old 08-25-2011, 07:59 AM
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I got in past midnight on Tuesday so I bailed on going. Dave I looked for you on the coverage but didn't see you, the cottonwood coverage was pretty light, Inedependance pass was pretty good coverage, looked like a mountain top in France with fans going nutso..
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:04 AM
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I got in past midnight on Tuesday so I bailed on going. Dave I looked for you on the coverage but didn't see you, the cottonwood coverage was pretty light, Inedependance pass was pretty good coverage, looked like a mountain top in France with fans going nutso..
There was a fixed wing aircraft circling overhead and a helo hovering over the race. The helicopter followed them up the whole canyon but the plane would fade into and out of view. There was a thunderstorm with some lightning that I think forced the plane to duck in and out of range. It was centered right over the Divide just south of the pass. I believe it rained on the peleton on the descent from Cottonwood, but they were dry for the climb.

Trust me, you would have known if you saw me. Look for the purple and silver skinsuit and a 2' wide sombrero... In this shot Cottonwood Pass itself is just around the bend at the top left of the frame. This is roughly 200 meters from the summit, they are crossing the KOM sprint line.

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I was right next to Pedraza when he made his move for KOM points, just to his left out of the frame on the right. The cow guy, the guy with the Colorado state flag and I were running along the same length of road. You can see them in both pictures as well.

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I tell you what, I've seen plenty of domestic road and MTB pro races and these guys are absolutely in-fkn-credible. The way they accelerated, unreal. The peleton had a whoosh as it passed like I've never seen before. And the spectacle! Look carefully, they are climbing Cottonwood in the big ring.
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Dave, what was the surface like on the dirt
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:14 AM
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Dave, what was the surface like on the dirt
When I got there at about 9:30 (we camped about a mile down along the pavement on the east side) or so, it was slightly damp and super smooth. They clearly worked the top km a lot, which I suspect was for the KOM sprint. It rained and hailed for about 20~30 minutes at about 11 and they passed us about 12:15 I think, so the surface was still wet and had run-off ruts in it. It was sloppy muddy for about half an hour after the rain, but was just tacky wet for the riders.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:23 AM
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Cool, I picked you out in the picture, I will go back and watch that again!

Way to go. I am super jealous!
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:55 AM
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That's sweet that you made it up there Dave, way to go

I can't believe they were doing it in the big ring, I was doing it on my single speed and not even the steep part was hard.
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I can't believe they were doing it in the big ring, I was doing it on my single speed and not even the steep part was hard.
The peleton had averaged about 22MPH up to this point including that cattle guard crash and the break guys had a 3:50 gap at the pass that was cut down from 4:05 over the last 5km of the climb. So as fast as the break guys were climbing, the peleton was just a little faster and they were sometimes sitting up and chatting... :-)
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Just watched the race across the street from my house. I'll post pics later. Nice job Levi!!!!
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Wow way cool Farnham! No commute for you to see the coolest race in town!
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Finish line for tomorrow is about a mile from my house. They are shutting down Hwy 9 and main street, should be a zoo in town all day.
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