USA Cycling Road Nationals: Day One Photo Gallery
If you’ve never seen a 10-year-old girl in pigtails climb out of the saddle like she is about to win the Tour de France, then your life is not yet complete.
Yesterday kicked off USA Cycling Elite, U23 and Junior Road Championships and the Paralympics National Road Championships in Bend, Oregon and, though these early groups (the youngest kids) aren’t the big name headliners who will draw crowds this weekend, they are the athletes who define this event.
They’re the next generation of cycling greats. They’re little people riding their guts out, getting nervous before the race, puking after, sobbing when they win (or lose), crashing in the first 2k and getting back on their bikes to finish the race. They’re the real deal and it was an honor to be on hand to watch the drama unfold.
And the para-cyclists? Don’t even get me started. You want inspiration? You want a good reason to never open your trap again to complain about anything ever? Come watch one of these events. Talk about the power of the human spirit….
Click through the slideshow below to view all the images. Click a photo once to reveal the description / information about the image. If you’d rather view these on Flickr, hit the “USAC Road Nationals 2010″ link on the upper lefthand corner.