Was planning to take the girls up for this, as we did 2 years ago, but got a full on solo hall pass at the last minute, so headed up with my friend Pete K. We parked on Vail Pass and biked the 5.21 miles down the stage finish, locked our bikes and walked down to the 1k to go banner. It was easy to see the riders as there was hardly anybody down there, but it seemed like one dude after another just out for a bike ride up the hill.
We both decided that the nuttiness going on near the 500 meter to go banner would be way more fun. And it was. What an absolute insanely loud dance party of a scene. There was a DJ there BLARING fun dance music and many were dressed in crazy costumes, getting their groove on in the middle of the path. The dance crowd would clear out only long enough for the lead moto, rider and team car, then back at it. Normally, I go to great lengths to avoid crowds and dance parties, but this was a rare exception where more crazy loud people made it more fun.
Tejay won, setting a course record of 25:01 and consolidated his overall lead.
Riding Vail Pass on a carbon road bike is WAY easier than pushing twins in a double jogger as we did in 2011. Pete and I got hammered by a pretty good hail and lightning storm on the way back up the pass, so I was glad to not have the kids.
Video I took that shows many of the riders and the general crazy scene going on.
Chris Froome. Won the Tour, but his form is a bit off here in Colorado.
Saw this guy on the live coverage every day.
Rocking out to Van Halen Panama
Everyone rocking out and I even tapped my foot and bobbed my head the whole time. With just a few drinks, I might have got my groove on in road too.
Jen's bike. Note "Shut up legs" on the downtube.
For my friend Kevin who shares the same last name.
Strategic vantage to get shots of Sagan I can only assume.
Jens had a huge fan base. At 41 he is still one of the biggest bad asses in the peleton.
This guy won some big French race in July