It was a great weekend of racing in Greenville and I was extremely happy to hear the announcement yesterday that the US Pro Championships will stay here for another three years. By now, you have probably already read about how Tyler Hamilton outsprinted Blake Caldwell to win yesterday’s US Pro Championship road race in an extremely close photo finish. You can read more about the details of the race elsewhere, but I want to point out the bike (pictured here) that Tyler won on. Unlike his Rock Racing team mates who rode the standard team DeRosas with Stella Azzurra Calibro wheels, Tyler was riding a black carbon Fuji SL1 with Campy Record and what appeared to be Zipp 1080s with the stickers removed. While I was watching the race, I was curious about Tyler’s wheel choice for a road race course with a lot of hills and one very steep climb. Obviously Tyler’s results show that the extra deep rims were a good choice, but they certainly stood out among all the lower profile rims on all the other pro bikes.
I have many photos from the time trial and road race to share and I will get those up on Flickr as soon as I have a chance to sort through them. I wanted to sort though my photos and post a few by now, but it was a very full weekend of riding and watching the races. Saturday after the time trial, we had a bike blogger meetup. It was great to meet Frank from the Tour de France blog and DL Byron and his wife Pam from Bike Hugger. I also briefly meet a few other people during the course of the weekend, Trish from Southeastern Cycling and Neil from Road Magazine to name just a few (sorry if I am leaving anyone out). It was also good to see Olivier from the Brand Builder blog, who was out photographing the race for Hincapie Sportswear. He already has some great time trial shots posted and I am looking forward to seeing his road race shots soon. All in all, it was great to see people I already know who were involved with the race and it was really cool to meet some new people, whose blogs and sites that I read on a regular basis. Yep, overall it was a great weekend. I’ll let you know when my race pictures are up.