In Boulder for a girls weekend, imagine our excitement when we heard about the largest cyclocross race in the Rockies. The weather had been blustery and chilling for the 3 days we were there. But on the day we were to head back to Minneapolis, the sun broke through and shined brightly on the Valmont Bike Park.
This was a tough race for many people, and not just physically. There were a lot of shout-outs for rising cyclocross star and Boulder resident Amy Dombrowski, who was killed in a training run in Belgium just 2 weeks earlier. There was an honorary lap for Amy, and a junior cyclist was riding one of her training bikes in recognition. It’s a tight community, made all the more apparent by the show of support.
As this was my first cyclocross viewing, we positioned ourselves where the action was sure to be—the stairs. Or was it just where the action was because it happened to be the beer garden?
Either way, we saw determination, tired faces, indomitable spirit, and bright sunshine. What a great view and the perfect way to wrap up our trip.