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  • Well, it's over...

    The 2012 edition of the Pro Challenge is done and over. Did I learn anything? Well, I am not as young as I used to be, riding bikes at 10,000 feet is really hard, and I really love drinking beer while I watch bike racing. There were thousands of road-side fans that needed thirst quenching, and I like to believe we handled them all. And there were thousands more on-line watchers for our brand of Total Sports Coverage, and I like to think they were satisfied as well.  During the week we made 7 videos, posted 7 daily updates, sold almost 600 raffle tickets for 1 custom Yipsan bicycle, raised almost 3,000 bucks (per said raffle) for Bikes Belong, raised a whole bunch of other money for a ...

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  • I drank beer with Team RadioShack, and other things that happened in Denver.

    After yesterday's stage 6 concluded on the steep and fan-filled slopes of Flagstaff Mountain Levi Leipheimer stretched the leader's yellow jersey across his back. This morning, going into the time trial, I would have bet you $100 that he would keep it for the overall victory today in Denver. Man, I am so glad you didn't take that bet, I don't have the $100 to give you, nor would my weekly beer allotment have covered it. But first, the video: The Video!


    The Stage and Photos! Today was the time trial. For the uninitiated, a time trial is a stage in which each rider goes out on course individually to race against the clock. There are no other riders to help and the rider is left to fend completely for themselves. They ...

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  • Renold Yip makes a great bicycle, and other photos from Boulder, Colorado...

    Alright, let me be honest with you right now. Stage 6 finished up in Boulder a few hours ago, and when it did I was playing with my daughter in the park. I snuck a can of Ranger in pocket and we headed out on the bike path to a lovely swingset by the river. It's her favorite spot (mine too). Meanwhile, in Boulder, team NBB was documenting and filming and partaking in what we have come to call "Total Sports Coverage" of the US Pro Cycling Challenge. After the finish in Colorado Springs yesterday I needed a day off, and my beautiful bride had to go to work, so I needed (wanted) to hang out with my glowing and wonderful young child... But the show ...

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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. ...

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  • So, I spilled beer on the guy who won the race; and other highlights from Independence Pass.

    Stage 4. One of the greatest days of my life.  I think I might have already said that this week, but this time I mean it. We decided to skip out on the start and finish of the race today and focus our sporting efforts on Independence Pass. So worth it, but a lot more on that later. First: The Video! It was shot and edited (the whole nine) by a new fellow named Larry. Simpsonic had to depart for home today so we brought in a replacement, and Larry isn't half bad. So let's let 'er rip: Last Night. Last night was fun, we went to another after party, gave away another cruiser, and drank a few beers. I got zero photos, zilch. The ...

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  • The Queen stage brought to you by New Belgium Brewing

    Did you know that the road from Gunnison to Aspen is really long? Today the racers strolled through 130 miles of major Colorado mountains, like Cottonwood and Independence passes, both in one day, and both above 12,000 feet (or, about 3,700 meters for the European readers). Today's distance was so big that, in fact, it was the Queen Stage. The "Queen Stage" is bicycle racer talk for the longest stage of the whole race. Today's Queen Stage was brought to you by New Belgium, very cool. We are sponsoring the whole Pro Challenge, but with our sponsorship package comes the chance host a stage, and we got this one. So long, so cool. Unlike yesterday, we did catch the start today in Gunnison. And then ...

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  • Stage 2, the Tour de Fat meets the Tour of Colorado...

    Alright, so I understand this race is called the US Pro Cycling Challenge (USPCC), but for the sake of our title today the Tour of Colorado just sounded better... Today we have another video for you and then the awesome photos and words to follow. It was a complete whopper, so buckle your helmets... The Video! Then, Last Night And here we are, post stage 2 and today was a doozie. But before we jump right into the now, let's travel back to last night... Simpsonic and I put yesterday's post together, got it all wrapped up, then headed back down into the town of Telluride. At the bottom of the gondola is a great bar and eatery called The Oak. We had ...

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  • Stage One, then Shift Pale Lager...

    Hey readers! Tonight is arriving very quickly, so Simpsonic and I are going to make this quick (well, not that quick). Originally we were shooting for a 4pm posting, but then we realized that the race ends around then, and we want to include that part, so we called an audible and we're pushing it back a bit. So here we are, and here it is, last night, some Stage 1 coverage, a highlight reel and tons of awesome photos... Let's start with the video:
    And then on to the details (the words and awesome photos)... It all started last night in Durango, after yesterday's sign off. Simpsonic and I loaded the blog up and headed into town. We arrived to an absolute pre-Pro-Challenge ...

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  • Great News!

    Starting today me and my compatriot (Simpsonic) are on the road following the US pro Cycling Challenge. For the next 8 days you (the reader) are going to be soaked in the fun of this event. We are also changing up the format of this medium for that time as well. I'm going to be posting, Simpsonic is going to be posting, we'll both be posting at the same time... Things are going to get weird, and awesome. So for today, me and then him. Here it goes: Juicebox: Well we made it, all the way to Durango. It took us almost 9 hours in the New Belgium team car, but we did it. On the road is Simpsonic and myself (ol' Juicebox) and ...

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  • New Belgium and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge

    Hey friends.  I wanted to take today and mention that we're sponsoring the USA ProCycling Challenge (!), and then explain a few details as to what that means...  Are you ready? Alright, here we go.  The Pro Cycling Challenge is a huge bicycle race ripping the roads of Colorado from August 20th through the 26th. It starts in Durango and seven days (and 600 miles) later everybody shows up in Denver. Some of the world's top racing teams will be fielding riders and it's looking to be the paramount bicycle event in the US (beside the Tour de Fat, of course). There is going to be hundreds of thousands of thirsty fans throughout the week (some say over a million people are going to be lining the roads of Colorado for this ...

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