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Ask Nick: Travel log from Kansas and Colorado

  • By Nick Legan
  • Published Jun. 9, 2011
  • Updated Jun. 10, 2011 at 2:31 PM EST

Editor’s Note: VeloNews tech editor Nick Legan is a former ProTour mechanic who most recently wrenched for Team RadioShack at the 2010 Tour de France and elsewhere. His column appears here every Thursday. You can submit questions to Nick at asknick@competitorgroup.com, and be sure to check out Nick’s previous columns.

After surviving a huge downpour 140 miles into the Dirty Kanza 200, Lelan Dains of Emporia, Kansas, greeted me at the last checkpoint of the day. Only 42 miles to go ... Photo: Nick Legan

ASPEN, Colo. (VN) — I’ve been on the go since last Thursday and haven’t had any spare moments to answer reader questions. Instead, I’ll offer a few photo highlights from my recent adventures. I left the VeloNews offices last week and headed to Kansas to meet five guys from Salsa Cycles for the Dirty Kanza 200. After riding for 17 hours and sleeping for four I flew back to Denver. My ever-helpful roommate/business partner Daimo met me at the airport for a bike and luggage swap.

I handed him a bag full of filthy clothes and a dust-covered Salsa and he handed me a suitcase full of fresh clothes and recovery mix and a brand new custom Harvey Cycle Works road bike. Then I headed off to find the Rapha Continental crew on the other side of the airport.

The plan was to ride the entire USA Pro Cycling Challenge course. We’ve had some hiccups (one of them was my extreme fatigue leftover from Dirty Kanza). Wednesday we tackled Cottonwood and Independence passes. Thursday we bypassed the Vail time trial stage and drove the Avon-Steamboat Springs stage. One of the crew crashed on the descent of Independence Pass and broke his scapula, so we’ve had to adjust our plans.

Here’s a gallery from the travel-riddled, fatiguing last week.

FILED UNDER: Ask Nick / Bikes and Tech / USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Nick Legan

Nick Legan

After graduating from Indiana University with honors and a degree in French and journalism, Nick Legan jumped straight into wrenching at Pro Peloton bike shop in Boulder for a few years. Then, he began a seven-year stint in the professional ranks, most recently serving for RadioShack at the Tour de France and the Amgen Tour of California. He also worked for Garmin-Slipstream, CSC, Toyota-United, Health Net and Ofoto. Legan served as the VeloNews tech editor 2010-2012 before sliding across the line into public relations.

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