One of the coolest things about Colorado Springs is the velodrome, which is less than a mile from my house. Last night was the Pro Cycling US Grand Prix of Sprinting, and it was one helluva way to see my first track race. I wasn’t prepared, however, and did not bring my camera. Alas, we will have to deal with some iPhone photos and videos instead. A lot of these athletes will be in London to compete in the Olympics, so it was nice to see them in action without having to buy a plane ticket and fight the crowds. The racing was intense, the atmosphere was fun, and the beer was cold. Temps were in the 90s, but it cooled off nicely as the night went on and I got drunker. Don’t worry; profits from beer sales went to charity, so I was just helping my community.
First off, here’s a video of team Colombia rippin’ it around the track. A lot of these racers were gunning for Olympic spots in London, so competition was pretty intense. (The order of the videos got mixed up during upload; the Colombian video is third.)
Here’s another video of the action:
One last vid:
Deutschland, yo. They brought the thunder.
Course records were broken. The Germans crushed it!
The only downside to the evening was the ominous plume of smoke in the background. Another fire started yesterday here in the Springs, and it’s a big one. Evacuations have already begun on the west side of town. No bueno.
Overall, this was a great way to spend a Saturday night. If you’re in the Springs, day three of sprinting is tonight at the Velodrome on the corner of Pikes Peak and Union. Bring some cash for beer; Bristol Brewing Company was on hand last night to sell their tasty brews, and I suspect they’ll be there tonight, too. Last night, the profits went to Urban Peak, a great organization here in the Springs that gives shelter to homeless teens. They are always looking for bike donations and parts for their bike program, too. Feel free to contact me if you’ve got something for them.by