My town Golden, Colorado, has been known as the home of Coors Beer for decades. Thank God that it’s starting to be known for something else.
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge (and now just called the Pro Challenge) has come through our state for two years straight now, and Golden has been a part of both events. Think of it as mini-Tour de France going through one state in one week, and a very mountainous and high altitude one at that.
(BTW, congratulations to Christian Vande Velde, the overall winner of the Challenge!)
Professional cyclists are a big deal around here. I think I heard that 28 of the 90 or so cyclists in the field live in Boulder, just up the road from here. And wherever you go around the metro area, spandex-clad people on super-expensive bikes zip past you on the roads and up and down the steep hills.
It’s likely they’ll return next year to Golden, and I’ll be watching. Before last year, I didn’t care one bit about cycling, even as Lance Armstrong won his seven Tour de France titles (and I guess now has had them taken away, but that’s neither here nor there). But I think when something is happening right in your backyard, you can’t help but get excited about it. And I’m glad we’re getting renown for something other than cheap alcohol.