The 3rd Annual US Pro Cycling Challenge is well underway in Colorado. Being that Peak Cycles in Golden, Colorado participated in the first two years of the race, we’ve had a chance to field many of the questions asked by fans and sports enthusiast. In fact, just the other day, our friends, Team Jelly Belly were in the shop!
Pro rider’s bikes are a hot conversation topic. Many are curious as to what the pro’s are riding and what they can do to their own bikes to gain the advantages that the pro riders seem to have. Following are few favorite questions:
How much does a pro’s bike weigh? Typically, a road bicycle that the USA Pro Cycling Challenge participants race on will weigh around 15 pounds. You might be wondering, “What does a 15 pound bike feel like?” Light! See for yourself. We have a variety of road bikes and mountain bikes in the shop to try out for feel. You’d be surprised what a difference a lighter bike makes in climbing.
What makes the bikes so light? The bike frames in and of themselves are made of lightweight materials but having light weight bike parts and bike accessories keeps the bike light in addition to the light weight frame. For our customers, it’s easy to swap out older bike components with newer, lighter bike parts. Granted, it’s not the same as riding a pro riders bike, but every reduction in bike weight means you have the opportunity to go faster.
Where have the professional riders raced in Golden, Colorado and can I ride there? The last two years of the US Pro Cycling Challenge had racers ride through downtown Golden and up through Lookout Mountain. This year, if you are visiting Stage 6 Loveland – Fort Collins or heading over to Stage 7 Denver, stop by Peak Cycles bike shop and we’ll be happy to tell you the route.
We’re loving the good cycling vibe that the US Pro Cycling Challenge brings to our state. Good luck to all racing the ProCycling Challenge!