Vail was uber-shitty about the camping and parking and letting the special events busses park, but "oh so cool" on the look and feel.
[grumble] (this one's on the park service, actually, not Vail).
It's the little things that make an event work.
Route ducks under I-70 (note no parking / no camping signs)
BMC, first team up and down for practice, en masse. Note WC stripes, must be Cadel.
warmup / deciding on bikes and gearing.
Pieter happy--the perfect tree to lie under, 2km to the finish.
Fwoosh--this was a fast warmup
Rabo relaxing downhill, warmup
Another "like he means it" warmup--Oostlander
The Garmen came individually or in smaller clusters, intent and intense
mega fans--missed antler man, but he was there too, with at least two sets of horns in his trailer.
a nice lady let us take a snap of this...
...and these. (Missed the middle page.)
McCartney, out of order?
Pipp? Or Mach, having passed Kenny? Or Thompson? So confused. Official startlist not quite right?
Kenny Van Hummel--rocking a bit, but good attitude.
Ten Dam! (in general, the tall / big flatlanders avoided TT bikes and disk wheels for the climby TT).
Cap'n America! He looked and sounded super-fast going by.
Sagan? (supposedly started 2 min before DZ)
Norris, I guess
Ramirez? No, he's not going downhill. But the Colombians made the climbing look comfortable.
Montiel? Another Colombian with corded legs, making it look easy.
Szmyd? Ed King?
Butler--he's working on those corded calves, too.
Little Schleck, looking fast
Ludvigsson?? and Ortiz??
Steph Clement. Rabobank should spring for a red-edged TT helmet. Nice ride.
Henao, looks fast, moves faster.
Frank Schleck, looking well corded in the calves, too.
Gesink. And...this is the orientation of the camera phone that makes people look fat.
Acevedo--total stud attitude.
Cadel / intense
Levi, the green mantis and worthy winnar
Tejay (needs a different helmet)