Victoria Tavern

Victoria Tavern

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge Leaving Salida

August 25, 2011

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Yesterday, the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge, began in Salida. The world’s top male cyclists rode to Crested Butte Peak in a scant 4 hours, 29 minutes, and change. A first time event, as well as, a first for Salida in terms of an event of this magnitude, and I didn’t know quite what to expect. How many people would there be? Would they – riders, crew, fans, etc.- treat the town with respect? How would they treat me? Would they tip well? How many of them would there be? Would I be able to get to work? What would the vibe be like? How excited would people be? How would we show our spirit? The answers to all these questions and more? The vibe was great. People from all walks of life were excited to be there. Crews, from volunteer to event staff, were professional and efficient. Law enforcement was present and unimposing. Mountain bikes, fixies, cruisers, and penny farthings were all present. Local musicians plucked and played together. Community, civic participation, spontaneous human and human-powered-machine  interaction were all there. Added bonus? The bar provided a fantastic vantage point, as evidenced by the slide show above. Take note of the great shot of the ‘Victoria’ sign at the race start, taken by Jeff Gross of Getty Images.

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