Go, go @thibaut.pinot - 100 meters to go! I’ve been doing a lot of cheering the last few days - so many stage winners I can’t help getting excited for. I’ve been meaning to get back into the rhythm of posting pictures, but it hasn’t gone so well. :-) Let’s see how it goes from here.
A year on, we returned to Ouray, Colorado for a second adventure with @rodeolabs. It was hard, it was really high, and I loved it. Again. There’s something about riding with friends up rocky 25% grades at close to 13,000 feet with giant red backdrops that really heightens the sensations. Can’t wait to get back. :-)
I’ve realized over the years how vividly I remember almost every picture I take - at its best, the image can feel like a gateway into the larger scene of that moment, filled with smells, sounds, July sweat, indecision, excitement, happiness, smiles, words, conversations, fun. For some reason, whether it’s a good or bad shot, the story behind it sticks with me - @ashleygruber is the same. @girocycling asked us to write about the story behind some of our favorite shots from @letourdefrance. It was a lot of fun revisiting those moments. Click on the link in bio for lots more! :-)
I love shooting bike races in cities - it’s fun and so different from normal. I know there’s the term urban jungle, but to me, it kind of feels like the urban mountains: human-made mountains and hills and valleys and caves. Yesterday’s final stage of the @coloradoclassicpro was a good one. :-)
Yesterday’s sprint up Lookout Mountain at the beginning of the @coloradoclassicpro’s third stage looked crazy hard. @tymagner’s comment: “I looked down at my computer - 500 watts. Another glance - 500 watts. Oh sure, this will be fine. No problem.” 😂
Today’s queen stage of the @coloradoclassicpro didn’t finish up a big mountain - it didn’t even finish close to one. It did, however, provide the necessary ingredients for a brutally difficult day: six rider teams, a hyper-aggressive, powerful break led by @rideargyle, and a @uhcprocycling team that would not roll over.
The first two days of the @coloradoclassicpro in Vail have been a blast, but I’m especially excited for the second half of this race. Tomorrow’s third stage takes in some Front Range classics and nearly passes in front of my family’s old front door. Unless you live in Flanders, that’s always a notable occasion. :-)
The leaves are drunk with summer at this point. The green is so dark, it almost turns black in the densest part of the forests. The trees, heavy with their August burden, crowd over the twisting roads that ride across a writhing sea of Appalachia - refusing to let a drop of moisture or warmth go, holding it in. What I’m trying to say is - it’s hot - it’s sweaty - and I love it - and I’m really happy to be home for a little while. :-)
Made it to Paris. Tired. Happy. Satisfied. Ready to go home now. Tomorrow night, I will sleep in my own bed for the first time since February. 11 out of 10 excited. :-) Thanks for all the support. It means the world. :-) #tdf2018