On Sunday I went out to Garden of the Gods to the Garden of the Gods 10 Mile and 10k running race. I shot a bunch of photos. You can see a few below and there are links to 4 sets of photos.
One of the cool things about living near the mountains in Colorado Springs is that we frequently see wildlife. The office I work in is right against the foothills north of Garden of the Gods. There’s a herd of big horn sheep living in the area of the old Queens Canyon Quarry.
Occasionally some of the big horn sheep come down on the ridge behind work and along 30th street. Most of the time they are high up on top the ridge but occasionally they come down lower. On April 21st, 2016, 14 of the rams were out on the ridge behind work and I was able to get some photos of them.
The 2014 Dirty Du was in Ute Valley Park last Saturday. It started with a 5k run, followed by 9 miles of mountain bike and ending with another run on the 5k course. There were options to do it was an individual or on a team as a relay. Race results are here.
I went over and shot photos of the race. Here are some photos from the run portions. The full Dirty Du run photo set is here. The Dirty Du mountain bike photo set is here. You can purchase digital downloads or prints.
The 2014 Dirty Du was in Ute Valley Park on Saturday. It started with a 5k run, followed by 9 miles of mountain bike and ending with another run on the 5k course. There were options to do it was an individual or on a team as a relay. Race results are here.
I went over and shot photos of the race. Here are some photos of the mountain bike portion. The full Dirty Du mountain bike photo set is here. You can purchase digital downloads or prints.
I’ll have run photos posted in the next few days.
Pikes Peak South Slope open to public first time in 100 years this weekend and next Thur-Sun before it closes for the winter. A permit must be purchased before going or they won’t let you through the gate. Permits are $15 per vehicle for up to 8 people. Get the details on the Colorado Springs website.
I did a guided hike 4 years ago and have Pikes Peak South Slope photos and post here.
This Saturday, September 13, will be the first of 3 work days this fall for the Manitou Incline. The other 2 are October 11th and November 1st.
Timberline Landscaping is doing the hard work on the Incline while it’s closed for repairs through the end of November/early December. They’ve been using a helicopter to move heavy equipment and material up to the steep part of the Incline.
This first work day for volunteers will be on the trail that connects the top of the Incline to Barr Trail. This connector trail has been a social trail with serious erosion issues and multiple paths. The social trails will be closed and a new sustainable trail will be built.
Participants must be 12 years or older, anyone under 18 must have a guardian accompany them during the workday. Check-in/late registration the morning of will begin at 7:30 a.m., in the Barr Parking Lot. The project will begin at 8 AM and end at 3:30 PM. Please come prepared to work the entire day and hike 3 miles up Barr Trail to the project work site.
Tools will be provided and brought to the project work site by staff. You will need to bring and hike with your own gloves, water, hat, sunscreen and lunch.
Yesterday was the Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb. The Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb includes both a USAC race and a timed citizens ride. The cycling hill climb starts the same place as the auto hill climb. The course climbs over 4,700 feet in 12 miles to the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,115.
I helped hand out timing chips at the start line and then shot photos up on the mountain once the USAC race started. The weather at the start was similar to the past years but ominous clouds were building over the summit.
Once I headed up the mountain, I encountered strong winds and it got worse the higher I drove. Clouds were blowing throw so I was having trouble finding a well lit spot for shooting photos. Riders were getting blown around on the road by the wind gusts.
When I was shooting photos, I was shivering and kept jumping up and down in an attempt to stay a little warmer. At the last spot I stopped to shoot photos just before the summit, there was fog and the rocks were covered in ice.
Although the riders were working hard going up, I could only imagine how cold they were as some of them were in shorts and short sleeves. Although many riders sent warm clothes to the top for the ride down, they didn’t have warm enough clothes and were concerned about get blown around on the way down. The race organizers and whomever could shuttled people back down to the start where the weather was a pretty typical August day.
In spite of the weather, I shot a large number of photos. Prints and digital downloads are available on my Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb photo page. You can also check out my 2013 Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb photos.
Top 5 Men Pro/1/2
- LeRoy Popowski 1:14:21
- Emerson Oronte 1:16:14
- Christopher Carr 1:17:32
- Ian London 1:19:54
- Kalan Beisel 1:21:36
- Annie Toth 1:32:28
- Lindsey Knast 1:37:21
- Sue Stokes 1:42:56
- Andrea Koenig 2:09:28
I had fun watching and shooting photos of some of the USA Pro Challenge in Garden of the Gods yesterday. I missed seeing one of the laps because of a phone call for work. It’s always amazing to see how fast the pros are when they’re going all out.
Top 5 for Stage 4
- Elia Viviani
- Martin Kohler
- Serghei Tvetcov
- Tyler Magner
- Kiel Reijnen
Top 5 Overall After Stage 4
- Tejay van Garderen
- Rafal Majka
- Ben Hermans
- Tom Danielson
- Serghei Tvetcov
The USA Pro Challenge is doing a circuit race in Colorado Springs today. It starts at the Broadmoor and then is doing 4 laps through Garden of the Gods and downtown. It should make for some good spectating.
The top standings overall going into today’s USA Pro Challenge stage 4 are as follows
- Tejay van Garderen
- Rafal Majka
- Ben Hermans
- Tom Danielson
- Serghei Tvetcov
It took me a bit to track down the race numbers so that I’d have a list to check while watching the race. I’ve posted the list below. A couple things to note, each team has a block of number and the team leader’s race bib ends with a 1.
|1||Tejay van Garderen||BMC||USA|
|13||Edward Beltran Suarez||Tinkoff-Saxo||Col|
|21||Jens Voigt||Trek Factory Racing||Ger|
|22||Frank Schleck||Trek Factory Racing||Lux|
|23||Matthew Busche||Trek Factory Racing||USA|
|24||Markel Irizar Aranburu||Trek Factory Racing||Esp|
|25||Laurent Didier||Trek Factory Racing||Lux|
|26||Hayden Roulston||Trek Factory Racing||NZI|
|27||Calvin Watson||Trek Factory Racing||Aus|
|28||Riccardo Zoidl||Trek Factory Racing||Aut|
|31||Thomas Danielson||Team Garmin-Sharp||USA|
|32||Janier Alexis Acevedo Colle||Team Garmin-Sharp||Col|
|33||Thomas Dekker||Team Garmin-Sharp||Ned|
|34||Caleb Fairly||Team Garmin-Sharp||USA|
|35||Phillip Gaimon||Team Garmin-Sharp||USA|
|36||Alex Howes||Team Garmin-Sharp||USA|
|37||Ben King||Team Garmin-Sharp||USA|
|38||Gavin Mannion||Team Garmin-Sharp||USA|
|51||Leopold König||Team NetApp-Endura||Cze|
|52||David de la Cruz Melgarejo||Team NetApp-Endura||Esp|
|53||Bartosz Huzarski||Team NetApp-Endura||Pol|
|54||Patrick Konrad||Team NetApp-Endura||Aut|
|55||Tiago Machado||Team NetApp-Endura||Por|
|56||Jose Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes||Team NetApp-Endura||Por|
|57||Gregor Muhlberger||Team NetApp-Endura||Aut|
|58||Michael Schwarzmann||Team NetApp-Endura||Ger|
|61||Jai Crawford||Drapac Professional Cycling||Aus|
|62||Jonathan Cantwell||Drapac Professional Cycling||Aus|
|63||Jordan Kerby||Drapac Professional Cycling||Aus|
|64||Darren Lapthorne||Drapac Professional Cycling||Aus|
|65||Lachlan Norris||Drapac Professional Cycling||Aus|
|66||Adam Phelan||Drapac Professional Cycling||Aus|
|67||Bernard Sulzberger||Drapac Professional Cycling||Aus|
|68||Wesley Sulzberger||Drapac Professional Cycling||Aus|
|71||Lucas Euser||UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling||USA|
|72||Isaac Bolivar Hernandez||UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling||Col|
|73||Jonathan Clarke||UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling||Aus|
|74||Benjamin Day||UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling||Aus|
|75||Christopher Jones||UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling||USA|
|76||Jeffry Louder||UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling||USA|
|77||Kiel Reijnen||UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling||USA|
|78||Daniel Summerhill||UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling||USA|
|81||Javier Megias Leal||Team Novo Nordisk||Esp|
|82||Kevin De Mesmaeker||Team Novo Nordisk||Bel|
|83||Joonas Henttala||Team Novo Nordisk||Fin|
|84||David Lozano Riba||Team Novo Nordisk||Esp|
|85||Scott Ambrose||Team Novo Nordisk||NZI|
|86||Aaron Perry||Team Novo Nordisk||NZI|
|87||Charles Planet||Team Novo Nordisk||Fra|
|88||Martijn Verschoor||Team Novo Nordisk||Ned|
|91||Jure Kocjan||Team SmartStop||Slo|
|92||Zachary Bell||Team SmartStop||Can|
|93||Rob Britton||Team SmartStop||Can|
|94||Joshua Berry||Team SmartStop||USA|
|95||Julian Kyer||Team SmartStop||USA|
|96||Eric Marcotte||Team SmartStop||USA|
|97||Travis McCabe||Team SmartStop||USA|
|98||Michael Torckler||Team SmartStop||NZI|
|101||Joseph Rosskopf||Hincapie Sportswear Development||USA|
|102||Chris Butler||Hincapie Sportswear Development||USA|
|103||Robin Carpenter||Hincapie Sportswear Development||USA|
|104||Oscar Clark||Hincapie Sportswear Development||USA|
|105||Joseph Lewis||Hincapie Sportswear Development||Aus|
|106||Tyler Magner||Hincapie Sportswear Development||USA|
|107||Toms Skujins||Hincapie Sportswear Development||Lat|
|108||Dion Smith||Hincapie Sportswear Development||NZI|
|111||Hugh Carthy||Rapha Condor JLT||GBr|
|112||Graham Briggs||Rapha Condor JLT||GBr|
|113||Michael Cuming||Rapha Condor JLT||GBr|
|114||Richard Handley||Rapha Condor JLT||GBr|
|115||Kristian House||Rapha Condor JLT||GBr|
|116||Tom Moses||Rapha Condor JLT||GBr|
|117||Elliott Porter||Rapha Condor JLT||GBr|
|118||Daniel Whitehouse||Rapha Condor JLT||NZI|
|121||Carter Jones||Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||USA|
|122||Ryan Anderson||Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||Can|
|123||Jesse Anthony||Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||USA|
|124||Alexander Candelario||Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||USA|
|125||Mike Friedman||Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||USA|
|126||Bjorn Selander||Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||USA|
|127||Tom Zirbel||Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||USA|
|128||Scott Zwizanski||Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies||USA|
|131||Daniel Alexander Jaramillo Diez||Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home||Col|
|132||Stephen Leece||Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home||USA|
|133||Matt Cooke||Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home||USA|
|134||Ian Crane||Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home||USA|
|135||Ben Jacques-Maynes||Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home||USA|
|136||Carson Miller||Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home||USA|
|137||Luis Romero Amaran||Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home||Cub|
|138||Robbie Squire||Jamis-Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home||USA|
|141||Serghei Tvetcov||Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis||Rou|
|142||Ian Burnett||Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis||USA|
|143||Kirk Carlsen||Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis||USA|
|144||Luis Enrique Davila||Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis||Mex|
|145||Steve Fisher||Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis||USA|
|146||Johnathan Freter||Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis||USA|
|147||Jacob Rathe||Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis||USA|
|148||Fred Rodriguez||Jelly Belly p/b Maxxis||USA|
|151||Tanner Putt||Bissell Development Team||USA|
|152||Clement Chevrier||Bissell Development Team||Fra|
|153||Gregory Daniel||Bissell Development Team||USA|
|154||Daniel Eaton||Bissell Development Team||USA|
|155||James Oram||Bissell Development Team||NZI|
|156||Keegan Swirbul||Bissell Development Team||USA|
|157||Nathan Van Hooydonck||Bissell Development Team||Bel|
|158||Ruben Zepuntke||Bissell Development Team||Ger|
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