Life at Altitude

A quick, yet deceivingly tough, first stage of the US Pro Challenge saw riders take on the now ubiquitous Aspen-Snowmass circuit. With three laps to sort out the field, riders fought hard in the oxygen-deprived mountain terrain. Even after the first lap it was clear that the altitude had taken a toll.

With the WorldTour teams of Cannondale and BMC setting pace on the front, the break was held to a couple of minutes gap. But the real excitement came much earlier, when the riders first arrived in town to a massive, enthusiastic crowd. After a few neutral circuits, the races was on. 

Jens Voigt enjoys considerable fame in this part of the world. 

Taylor Phinney appears quite keen to resume racing as he made an appearance with his teammates in Aspen.

Recent Tour de France stage winner, Mick Rogers graced the streets of Aspen.

Did I mention Jens' shoes?

Rapha Condor JLT exude class in their all-black kit.

Hotel Jerome, downtown Aspen.

The crowds in Aspen came out in force.

Garmin lead the peloton onto the finishing straight on the second lap.

The peloton tore through Aspen's main street.

As mentioned, the altitude took its toll.

Job done for stage one, the Bissell boys have looked strong this season.

A successful day for Novo Nordisk as Javier Megias placed 6th.