USA Pro Challenge brings out the best in its fans

Bicycle racing is more than just cycling. The atmosphere is always fun.

Why do spectators enjoy looking great at cycling raisesclip_image002

One of the great joys of watching the climbs on the grand European tours is the time we have to watch the outfits the spectators wear. That desire to be European fashion conscious has crossed the Atlantic and is growing in the US. The US Pro Challenge has seen an increase each year in the desire to be seen on the tour.


People in costumes always waive and love to have their picture taken.


Her sign says have you seen my friend. She must have known an orange cowboy hat and purple tights might make her friends hard to find.clip_image008

Do the riders have the time as they wiz by to see the outfits?

Some costumes are difficult to assign a category too, however at least he is riding a bike. That may or may not be good for cycling.


Some of the outfits can be as easy as a hat to makes you stand out in the crowd or a hair color so you loved ones can spot you…..and hide. When wearing a similar hat the pope always seems to smile.clip_image012


Do you think Jens saw him?

Then you see the group costumes where friends (or at least I hope they are friends) agree on a theme to wear to the raise. clip_image016


I’m not exactly sure the true nature of some of the themes. The relationship between Santa Clause and a Yeti in Vail still has me confused. The Wheaties box is just an afterthought….I hope.


It is bad when two people in a costume start to argue about it. It is always a hard to hear what the argument is about when both voices are coming from fur covered heads.


Age is not a limiting factor in costumes. No matter how small you may be getting dressed up is part of the excitement of the tour.clip_image024

Unless maybe you dad makes you wear the costume, in the heat. But at least no one can recognize you if it covers your face.clip_image026

There always the marketing gurus who send employees out to represent their products. Energy snacks, water bottles two perennial favorites.


The best are when friends know a rider in the tour and want to show their support. Although I’m not sure I would come out of the team RV to see my friends of a gold speedo was the costume of choice.clip_image032clip_image034

His face mask almost matches his tattoo.

Even the UCI gets into the race, maybe just a crown, but it is still more than a non-descript ball cap.clip_image036

What is curious is when a city gets into the act. The winner of the stage that ends in Breckenridge has the dubious honor of being photographed with a fur hat and shield. I thought winners were to be lauded, not punished?clip_image038

Even if you are not a big fan of bicycle racing (heaven forbid) you should at least stroll the start and finish near you to see the fans!

Enjoy Bicycle Racing? Enjoy photos of races from the 20’s & 30’s? Want to see new bicycle racing photographs from 100 years ago?

Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling’s Glory Days, Velo Press

Velo Press will publish early this fall a new book for photographs of cycle racing from the early 1900’s that you have not seen before. Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling’s Glory Days, has 101 photographs from the turn of the century of bicycle racing in France.

We’ve seen the suffering photos before; these cover all aspects of the race from the start to the finish, crashes and repairs to victories. The photographs bring back those great days in ways you’ve never seen before.

The greatest kick I got was seeing what has not changed in 100 years of racing the Tour de France. Cars still follow the riders, and based on the 2014 tour; riding conditions still suck, spectators still run alongside races as they struggle up hill.

At the same time, the photographs show you bicycle racing has come a long way. No longer do riders carry spare tires; water bottles are plastic and on the seat and down tubes and bikes are more than a single speed.

If you enjoy old cycling or new racing, you’ll love this book.

Goggles & Dust: Images from Cycling’s Glory Days, Velo Press, Hardcover September 2014, ISBN 978-1-937715-29-8

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The indelible sight of one of the world’s best all-around riders as well as sprinters, riding to the finish with half his jersey torn off and a large open wound on his back, was fed to the worldwide television audience for an extended period of time. It left a reminder that life at the top of this grueling profession can change in an instant.


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7 time Tour de France Winner, still

1.     Let’s get a couple of things straight. Jurisdiction is important in all legal issues. If a court does not have jurisdiction, then it cannot rule.

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Same applies in arbitration, quasi-governmental agencies and USADA.

USADA is an Acronym for US Anti-Doping Agency. The US stands for United States. It has the same power to take away an award earned in France as I have to take away any award from the little kid down the street. (Which sort of reminds me of how the head of USADA is acting?)

2.     The agency in charge of cycling is UCI. Union Cyclists Internationale, another non-US non-governmental agency. That agency can ban someone from cycling for life because they cannot sanction races were banned people enter.

3.     Tour de France can hand out yellow jerseys, or actually, the Amaury Sport Organisation. Tour de France can take back yellow jerseys. Tour de France and Amaury Sport Organisation are European organizations.

See the stretch,…………………. all the way across the Atlantic. Until the UCI or Amaury Sport Organisation says something, Lance Armstrong is the seven-time  winner of the Tour de France.

4.     Not appearing at an arbitration hearing is not admitting to doping. It is looking at the chances of winning and how the arbitration proceedings will work and realizing that you can’t win, clean or dirty. Why do you think Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds went to court? Because court is fair, in this case.

Arbitration is normally very fair and something I suggest. However, arbitration is controlled by the rules of the people who set up the arbitration, in this case, USADA. (Sort of like arbitrating a stock broker dispute with other stock brokers serving as the arbitrators. You don’t win until you sue in court.)


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Lance Armstrong at the team presentation of the 2010 Tour de France in Rotterdam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m not defending anyone. I’m not saying that someone did or did not US substances that are not allowed to be used when cycle racing. I do, however, believe in the law. Something that Travis Tygart does not seem to understand, or at least he does not understand jurisdiction and venue.

For articles on Jurisdiction & Venue see:

A Recent Colorado Supreme Court Decision lowers the requirements to be brought into the state to defend a lawsuit.                                                                                           

Four releases signed and all of them thrown out because they lacked one simple sentence!

Jurisdiction in Massachusetts allows a plaintiff to bring in Salomon France to the local court.

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This case is a summer camp lawsuit and the decision looks at venue and jurisdiction; however the complaint alleges medical malpractice against a camp!                         

For articles on what is currently going on with Lance Armstrong that are correct, I’ve found one. Armstrong’s Yellow Jerseys Haven’t Gone Anywhere…Yet

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