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Pro Cycling Challenge Prologue
Date: 8/22/2011 Album ID: 1307162
Photos by Photos by Mark Reis, Christian Murdock and Jerilee Bennet
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Photos from the Prologue for the inaugural Pro Cycling Challenge Monday, August 22, 2011
Mark Houston holds a bicycle on top of one of the rocks in Garden of the Gods Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, before the start of the Prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs. Houston and a friend carried the bike in parts to the top then assembled it.  (Christian Murdock/The Gazette)
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Christian Vande Velde climbs the hill in Garden of the Gods Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, during the Prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs.  Vande Velde finished second. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette)
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Elia Viviani of Liquigas-Cannondale sprints toward the finish Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, during the Prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs.  (Christian Murdock/The Gazette)
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Sergio Hernandez of Jelly Bean Cycling nears the finish Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, during the Prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs.  (Christian Murdock/The Gazette)
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Chris Barton of BMC Racing crosses the bridge on Colorado Avenue marking 300 meters to the finish Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, during the Prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs.  (Christian Murdock/The Gazette)
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Levi Leipheimer races down Colorado Avenue toward the finish Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, during the Prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs.  (Christian Murdock/The Gazette)
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Riders from USA Pro Cycling Challenge ride over the Colorado Ave. bridge on Monday, August 22, 2011. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Fans watch cyclists from curbside. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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A fan takes photos of cyclists in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge from a curbside advantage.(The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Fans cheer as Flavio DeLuna heads over the Colorado Ave. bridge. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Frank Schleck gets a big hand from the crowd lining Colorado Ave. near downtown.  Riders from USA Pro Cycling Challenge were riding over the Colorado Ave. bridge on Monday, August 22, 2011. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Frank Schleck gets a big hand from the crowd lining Colorado Ave. near downtown.  Riders from USA Pro Cycling Challenge were riding over the Colorado Ave. bridge on Monday, August 22, 2011. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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The crowd lining the Colorado Ave. bridge cheer for Ivan Basso as he nears the finish line. Riders from USA Pro Cycling Challenge ride over the Colorado Ave. bridge on Monday, August 22, 2011. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Second place finisher Christian Vandevelde, first place finisher Patrick Gretsch, and third place finisher Brent Bookwalter celebrate on the podium after the USA Pro Cycling Challenge on Monday, August 22, 2011. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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Michael Houston of Colorado Springs holds a bike aloft on the top of Kindergarten Rock in the Garden of the Gods during the Prologue of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge Monday, August 22, 2011. Houston said he and a friend carried the bike to the top of the rock to celebrate the race. It's really a big deal to get an international bike race here and I wanted to celebrate it. Houston said he's been climbing in the Garden of the Gods since he was 12. Mark Reis, The Gazette
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Juraj Sagan of Liquigas-Cannondale sprints through Garden of the Gods Park Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, during the Prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs.  (Christian Murdock/The Gazette)
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Sander Oostlander of Skil-Shimano races through Garden of the Gods Park Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, during the Prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs.  (Christian Murdock/The Gazette)
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Sander Oostlander of Skil-Shimano races through Garden of the Gods Park Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, during the Prologue of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado Springs.  (Christian Murdock/The Gazette)
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