I am in cowboy country and found myself listening to country western music on the drive southwest yesterday from Denver. I couldn't help myself, by weeks-end I'll be talking like a cowboy and wearing a cowboy hat. I know I live here, but still this state is amazing. I walked the streets of Durango (I love that phrase) last night with Dan and Scott from Bicycle Colorado. I stopped them at a picturesque corner and said, "Look at this, can you imagine the riders from Italy walking down this street, they must feel like they are in a Western movie." Durango is a cool, very friendly town. We strolled as bluegrass music filled the air and boisterous people spilled out from art galleries, restaurants and bars. I am happy to be here.
we already have news from the race and it hasn't even started yet:
- Andy Schleck will not be racing, he is still healing from a fractured pelvis which gives him pain on long rides. (Schleck out of USA Pro Challenge)
- Timmy Duggan is changing teams for 2013. Timmy will be switching from Liquigas-Cannondale to Canada’s SpiderTech-C10 in 2013. Timmy is our current American road race champion andwe've all heard stories about how he took that title with little support from his Italian team. (US Pro champion Timmy Duggan to ride for SpiderTech-C10 in 2013)
- Vincenzo Nibali who we will also see riding at the USA Pro Challenge for Liquigas-Cannondale will be moving teams to Astana in 2013 (Nibali signs two-year contract with Astana). Jacob Fuglsang will also move to Astana from team Radioshack-Nissan-Trek.
“Not to save my life I could name one city from last year’s tour of Colorado. I just go: Erase and rewind.” ~ Jens Voigt
As I drove from Denver to Durango yesterday I passed through Pagosa Springs, where a large sign hung "Welcome Cycling Enthusiasts" affirming I was heading in the right direction - West to Durango. I came upon snow, or compacted hail (graupel) just before Wolf Creek Pass - brrrr cold. The BMC team bus was parked at the summit of the pass, I had seen them earlier in Del Norte, CO. We were all headed west.
|The face of modern camping - laptops and beer|
|Railroads and the west|
|A nice place to stay|
|Bluegrass in the streets of Durango on Friday night|
|Locals were in the Irish Bar have a roller-off|
|Narrow-gauge tracks in the morning sun|