Good Wednesday morning from Crested Butte—we’re seeing low clouds and rain across the much of the Gunnison Country today. Our first shot is looking out from CB South at the rains and grayness clinging to the sides of Whetstone Mountain this morning. Our temps are hovering right around fifty degrees, headed for a forecasted high in the mid sixties later today.
Wednesday’s shots are from what turned out to be an exciting and rainy USA Pro Challenge finish in Mount Crested Butte Tuesday. Competitors ran into rain around Horse Ranch Park on Kebler Pass Road, put up with a questionable race stoppage on the paved Kebler downhill and saw Robin Carpenter hang on to fend off his hard-charging rivals for the stage win. Today’s first shot is of Carpenter crossing the finish line and was sent in by Matthew Johnston—thanks Matt! The next shot gives you a bit of a feel for the overcast and rainy conditions that had closed in on Mt. CB at the race’s conclusion. Competitors looked spent and fully chilled as they climbed off their bikes following the stage.
Today’s third shot (thanks again to Matt) is from the post-race podium, with Carpenter getting photos along side legendary snow biking/pond skimming athlete Erica Rasmussen (check out the April seventh Shot of the Day post for the wet and wild evidence) and Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s very own Erica Mueller. Think the guy in the back is a little chilly?
While the finish probably wasn’t as well attended as it has been in past years (maybe blame it on the rain), those who did turn out once again felt the impressive energy of a well choreographed bicycle race stage finish. With the production aircraft circling overhead, the law enforcement and support vehicles roaring up Gothic road (lights flashing, sirens squawking), the area adorned with bright banners and colorful props, music thumping from the towers of speakers with the p.a. announcer whipping the cow-bell-equipped crowd into a high frenzy, it was pretty fun. Put it on your list of to-do’s the next time event comes to Mt. Crested Butte!
Stay dry out there today and we’ll look for you, again, tomorrow.
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