I can’t believe that it is already the end of August, but the US Pro Championship races are right around the corner. Just as I have for the past two years, I will be photographing both the time trial and road race and will post the shots to my Flickr account soon after the races. This year, I know of a few other bike bloggers who are going to be in town for the races. DL Byron and the guys from BikeHugger, Frank from TdFblog, Briggs from Euro Peloton, and most likely Ken from Spare Cycles and Cyclodro.me will all be here over Labor Day weekend. This last one isn’t a bike blog, but I also know that Olivier from The Brand Builder blog will be out photographing the races as well. I am sure that there are other bloggers coming to cover the races that I don’t know about, so let me know if I am missing anyone. It would be great to get together for a bike blogger meet-up either Friday night or Saturday afternoon after the time trial. Also, if you don’t have a blog but are a regular reader who plans to be at the races, let me know. It would be great to meet some of you. I will update the post when we have a time and place set for the meet-up.
Update 8/27: The bike blogger meet-up will take place on Saturday, August 30th, 5pm at Barley’s Taproom in downtown Greenville. Meet us there if you are in town.
Also for the 3rd year in a row, I will be participating in the Palmetto Peloton Project Stars and Stripes Challenge ride, which is held on the road race course on Sunday morning just prior to the pro race. It is a fun event and it is for a great cause- to raise funds for the Greenville Hospital System Oncology Research Institute and the Lance Armstrong Foundation- so consider doing the ride if you are going to be in town. You can still register for the ride at the P3 website. If you won’t be in town for the ride, but still wish to contribute, you can go to the secure donation page of the P3 website. Scroll down to pick James Thomas in the “choose a rider to support” box and go from there.
For more information about the races and events taking place on race weekend, check out this article at the Daily Peloton. It is going to be a great weekend of cycling and racing. I hope to see some of you here in Greenville.
Photo: one of my shots of Levi Leipheimer on the way to victory in last year’s road race.