The USA Pro Cycling Challenge will conclude on August 24th. Stage 7 will take the cyclists from Boulder to Denver. If you have never watched a bike race, here are a couple of tips to maximize your spectating experience.
- Download the app. Search for the Tour Tracker on the app store or you can click here. This will let you know how the riders are doing and how far out they might be from your viewing location. Plus, you can check standings and know what is going on.
- Take photos. The cyclists can pass by you at relatively high speeds. Some of them can reach speeds between 20-40 mph, depending on whether or not they are going uphill or downhill.
- Take videos. If someone in your party is taking photos, then take video. It is awesome to have some kind of perspective of how fast the riders are traveling.
- Enjoy the parade of support vehicles. There are many vehicles in the race. From team support vehicles to law enforcement, part of the fun is taking in the whole experience.
- Everything will happen very fast. Some of the best places to spectate are where the riders have to make a couple of loops or laps. This way, you get to see them come by multiple times. Either way, watching the race live is exciting. However, the racers and peloton (the large pack of riders) go by very quickly and sometimes can be anti-climatic. To insure the best viewing position yourself near the finish of a stage or the start where they have to make a couple of laps. This way, you can see them come by you a couple times.
Follow these simple tips to maximize your viewing experience of the race.
Tomorrow is shaping up to be an exciting race finish day! Tejay van Garderen, from Aspen, CO, is the current race leader with a lead of a minute and thirty-two seconds over the rest of the field.