Dispatch From the Road
USA Pro Challenge
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Stage 7: Denver
Overnight, Denver was transformed into an amazing arena for the race’s final stage, a 10-mile time trial. The race was really exciting as Colorado native Taylor Phinney won the stage while Christian Vandevelde took second, which was enough to give him the overall lead and the final yellow jersey.
Virginian Joe Dombrowski had a great ride and secured the Best Young Rider jersey for the entire race.
The awards ceremony was extra special as it contained a special tribute to George Hincapie, who rolls into “retirement” upon completion of the USA Pro Challenge.
We capped our delegations Colorado experience by attending a special dinner called “Living the Ride”. The intimate event was a tribute to the “godfather” of American cycling, Jim Ochowicz. “Och” as he’s called, was the driving force behind the original 7-Eleven cycling team in the early 80’s, team Motorola in the 90’s and now team BMC.
It was a great night of stories with Bob Roll, Davis Phinney, Ron Keifel, Steve Baur, Dr. Eric Heiden, Chris Carmichael and others from 7-Eleven and Taylor Phinney, Tejay Vangrderen, George Hincapie, Cadel Evans and the rest of team BMC.
While the night featured many highlights, one had to be Bob Roll serving as auctioneer for the skinsuit that George Hincapie had worn in that day’s time trial, his last race as a professional.
Bob brought his typical comedic stylings and approach to the auction — let’s just say that not every accepted bid was for a higher dollar amount. It all worked out in the end as Taylor Phinney stepped-in to serve as co-auctioneer. The suite ultimately sold for nearly $7,000, with all funds going to the Davis Phinney Foundation.
By all accounts, year two of the USA Pro Challenge was a great success, here’s a link to some great images from the Denver Post, can’t wait to see how the race evolves in 2013.
Next stop for the 2015 team is the Netherlands for the 2012 Road World Championships.