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  • Riding shotgun with Team Optum...

    Another great day of the Pro Challenge on the long and beautiful roads of Colorado. But first:


    The Video"




    Now on to the commentary, and awesome photos:

    Last night:

    Thursday night in Beaver Creek looked hopping, from the balcony of my hotel room, and luckily I was't sleeping on it this time. By the time we got everything together for last night's post it was late and I was hungry and I needed some rest. I'm going to level with you... This race has taken it out of me, I am no longer in show room condition and I needed a decent night's sleep before I collapsed on a road-side somewhere... So, in short, I went to bed kind of early, and it was awesome. 

    The Stage:

    Stage 5, Breckenridge to Colorado Springs. We made it to Breck with plenty of time for breakfast (I had a biscuit and some coffee), and the some shoulder rubbing with the stars:

    That's a shot of me and cycling legend (and wonderful commentator) Bob Roll. From the squint in his eyes you can see how thrilled he was that I was so thrilled with getting my picture taken next to him. I think he really enjoyed this moment.

    Oh, and I got the opportunity to ride in Team Optum's car today, it was awesome. Going back to Stage 3 you will remember the NBB/Team Optum connection? Well, I used that connection to its fullest potential today. I have never been in a team car, it's a pretty great opportunity. They drive really fast and hand riders water bottles (and food) and curse at the race report radio, it's super sweet. I had been looking forward to it all week and it surely did not disappoint. This is the car I was in:

     I met the team at the start and jumped right in the car. I was sitting shotgun next to Eric Wohlberg, team director, Canadian, car driver, former professional cyclist, all around nice guy. I didn't get a good shot of him, so I took this one off the internet:

    Riding in the car was crazy fun, but let me detail it in this photo essay:

    I learned an amazing amount about bike racing today. I want to thank all the Optum folks for the opportunity, and for putting up with my questions.

    Really, that's all I got for you today. See you tomorrow in Boulder!

    Juicebox/Larry

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  • My favorite way to win a bike...

    We are right (smack dab) in the middle of bike give-a-way season (AKA: Enjoy the Ride)... We have lots of ways to win- the Twitter, Instagram, random drawing (boring), and my favorite: the Beer-a-Mid! "What's a Beer-a-Mid?" you ask... Well, it's that thing you used to build out of empty beer cans in college. It resembles a pyramid, and the feat of balance can get tricky as the cans get taller. It was a fun way to kill an evening with your pals.

    The smart-as-hell programmers here at NBB HQ built one for the internet-minded... It is based on something called a "physics engine" and the details are way over my head. But what I can tell you is that it's awesome. Every mouse click gives you more cans for stacking, and the fun gets bigger as the cans get higher. The other super great thing about the Beer-a-Mid is that the really great ones win bikes. Here is an example of the one I just built:

    That is just a couple minutes of tampering and I would call it a winner (but alas, I am not eligible). So get after it, build a great Beer-a-Mid and win a bike!

    Until next time,

    -JUICEBOX  

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