Summit Up 8-29-11: Where we’re wearing Spandex too!
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that is doling out high-fives to all those crazy folks who posted up on Swan Mountain Road for the final Pro Cycling Challenge Stage 5 king of the mountain race.
We heard it said – by the racers themselves – that riding through that massive, excited gauntlet of a crowd was akin to getting through the Pyrenees in the Tour de France.
What’s not to high-five? In fact, we’re so happy you guys showed Summit County’s excitement for the race that we’re going to leap into the high-five and make it extra high.
We, down at the finish line couldn’t stop smiling at the county’s colors – between the spectators on horseback down-valley along Highway 9, Bigfoot on Swan Mountain Road, the capes, the hats, the Ullr horns and more.
Then there was the guy preaching about the horrors of Spandex (see below). Dressed like Jesus, even. Crown of thorns and all. Sure, it’s a li’l blasphemous, but the shock value itself is worth a laugh. Especially when so many Summit Countians are all about their Spandex and other varietals.
In fact, we were watching the race next to a gentleman casually sporting a full Spandex outfit – for the entirety of Saturday’s events. Didn’t think Spandex had made such a bold fashion statement as to be acceptable for the full day!
We hope all y’all will find the humor in what the Jesus impostor was preaching and not get all riled up.
In other cycling race news, we’re gonna go ahead and rag on our Breckenridge Town Council people for their gift choices for Stage 5 winners. We heard over in Vail, these guys got lifetime ski passes, skis … skateboards, rock climbing shoes, ice climbing axes and any number of other devices that, when using them, might cause a broken leg.
So, while Vail may have given cooler gifts, the Ullr lids placed on racers’ domes after Saturday’s race are far more practical. Sure, they had all the appeal of your grandmother’s tacky lamp, what with the Fourth-of-July-esque table decorations and red, white and blue paints, but at least they’ll protect these guys’ noggins.
And all Vail gave was a way to get laid up for awhile. Yeesh!
With that, we hope you enjoy our photos of race day and start calling for the return of the event next year. We know lots o’ people who want to witness that 50-mph finish with their own eyes.
Gotta run. Happy Monday!
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