Following a successful and exciting time trial through the City of Colorado Springs, the first day of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge is complete.
The top rider, Patrick Gretsch, completed the race 5.5 mile time trial in just 8:27. He peddled an average speed of 39 miles per hour. [Click here for complete results!]
The prologue stage of the event began in Garden of the Gods, and end downtown at Cascade and Colorado, where a festival full of entertainment, food, live music was available for spectators. Several roads were closed throughout the day for the race and the cleanup afterward.
Trina Selvey has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 25 years. She was excited about the race, but also forced to deal with the inconvenience of the traffic caused by road closures.
“I totally support everything that’s going on...the only reason I don’t like it is because the bus system is going to be re-routed."
Selvey normally takes the bus and leaves for her college classes at 8 a.m., but Monday she had to leave at 6 a.m.
"I’ve just kind of been preparing for it for weeks, I want to make sure I knew what I was doing. So that kind of helps a little," Selvey said.
This inaugural cycling race features the top three finishers of the Tour de France and will be broadcast nationwide, and in 161 other countries. That coverage has essentially put the city of Colorado Springs on the international cycling stage.
Before the race, some sources said it was expected to be the largest spectator event in Colorado history, and one of the largest sporting events to ever take place in the United States. More than a million people were expected to take in on the action as these world class cyclists race at venues across the state.
"You know we’re not sure which one of these riders is going to be the winner but we do know the real winner is going to be Colorado," Governor John Hickenlooper said.
"This is truly a life changing event for our city, to be able to have the honor to host this event and again we’re very thankful,” Mayor Steve Bach added.
The next leg of the race, designated Stage 1, takes place in Crested Bute. The 99.4 mile race will begin at 11:45 a.m. and is expected to end between 3:15 and 3:45 p.m.