Colorado's inaugural Velorama was a colorful combination of bike racing, music, and fan-friendly spectacle designed to usher in a new—and hopefully profitable—era for U.S. road racing. It had a lot of moving parts, including a four-day pro men's race, a two-day pro women's race, evening pro and amateur combined races, loads of spectator activities, and a main stage with some heavy hitting bands. Denver's burgeoning RiNo Art's District, which is undergoing a colorful metamorphosis, replacing rows of dreary warehouses with luxurious apartments, breweries, and art galleries, played host, with the higher stages taking place in the nearby mountains.
Photo: Spotted near the summit of Golden Gate Canyon, this trio was led by "Giddy-up" (center). When I asked him what his favorite thing was about the race, he replied, "You know, just giddy-up. You get out here and you giddy-up. It's what it's all about. If you ain't giddyin', you ain't up. So you gotta put them together."