Spent a sweltering Sunday with tens of thousands of my closest friends watching the finish of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in downtown Denver.
I'd never seen a professional cycling event in person. I had a feeling I'd enjoy it after attending and having a blast at several of a friend's cyclocross races.
And after Sunday, I am hooked. These athletes are amazing. The speed at which they pass you is not done justice on TV.
Even watching the support cars zip around the course was fun to watch. It was like a bonus Rally race.
After watching six laps from a great vantage point at Colfax & Speer, we made our way down to Civic Center Park to enjoy the festivities. Beer, food trucks and a free concert, plus plenty of people watching.
Rode back home in a headwind. Thought the hill up from Mile High to Sloan's Lake was going to kill me after so much time in the sun.
The great news is organizers say they plan on coming back and holding the race again next year.