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Colorado USA Pro Challenge

The central Colorado Rockies were a pretty popular destination for a handful of central Iowans the week of August 16. Here's our photo recap of the week of pro bike racing at the USA Pro Challenge.

Stage 2, Steamboat to A-Basin

With under 1k to go on the climb up to A-Basin, Nate Brown had over a minute on the chase group. BMC hits the gas, and Rohan Dennis and Brent Bookwalter passed Brown like he wasn't moving. Bookwalter being interviewed after the stage win, and his cycling computer displaying his average speed and his route map taped to his stem.

Stage 3, Copper Mountain to Aspen

Our first vantage point for the day was within a quarter mile of our camp ground. If you're familiar with the Leadville 100 race, this is just up the road from where the mountain bike race leaves the pavement at the start, and hits the dirt for the climb up St. Kevins.

Jamis-Hagens Berman's  Daniel Jaramillo, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA's Kyle Murphy, Trek Factory Racing's Laurent Didier, Hincapie's Joe LewisJaramillo, Jesus Hernandez (Tinkoff-Saxo), Janier Acevedo (Cannondale-Garmin), Miguel Benito (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Timothy Roe (Drapac), Dion Smith (Hincapie), Daniel Eaton (Axeon) and Jack Bobridge (Team Budget Forklifts) in the break rounding a corner by Turqoise Lake.

BMC takes control at the front of the peloton and tries to claw back the three minutes the break has on them.

Four days earlier, the Leadville 100 mountain bike race finished in this very spot where BMC flys up 6th street and turns onto main street.

Stage 4, Aspen to Breckinridge

Cannondale-Garmin’s Janier Acevedo, Trek Factory Racing’s Laurent Didier, Phil Gaimon (Optum Pro Cycling) Kyle Murphy (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Damiano Caruso (BMC), Oscar Clark (Hincapie Racing), Michael Torckler (Budget Forklifts) and Toms Skujins (Hincapie Racing) have over a three minute lead after descending Independence Pass coming into Twin Lakes, CO. 

The first of three chase groups coming off Independence Pass.

Stage 5, Breckenridge Time Trial

Taylor Phinney, the crowd favorite cresting Moonstone Road at the Breckenridge Time Trial. We had the honor of meeting Davis Phinney earlier in the year in Des Moines at the Phinney foundation Victory Summit and were humbled when he stopped by our table to thank us for talking to him earlier in the day. Makes this photo pretty special.

Midway up the big climb of the day, turning onto Moonstone road. Looks like a 32 on the back.

A pretty spectacular day for spectating.

The lead moto's and follow cars did their job of making a path through the crowd for every rider.

Yes, it was this hard!

Brent Bookwalter and team BMC were spectator favorites.

Rohan Dennis crushes the TT with a 27 second lead over 2nd place Rob Britton