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US Pro 09 is history

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For the last four years, I have really enjoyed having the US Pro race weekend take place right here in Greenville, SC at the end of the summer. There had been some talk of a possible location change for next year, so I was very glad to hear for sure that the event will be coming back to Greenville for a fifth year in 2010. This year’s races were even better than I expected since local pro George Hincapie was able to pull off such an exciting win in the road race. Even more impressive is the fact that he did it with only one Columbia-HTC teammate, Craig Lewis, who had been diagnosed with swine flu earlier in the week. Craig is also a local Greenville pro, so I want to congratulate both he and George on an incredible performance yesterday in front of a very enthusiastic hometown crowd.

As I have in past years, I took quite a few photos during the races. I haven’t completely finished editing or labeling them, but I have uploaded some of my shots from each event to my Flickr account. You can see my road race shots here and time trial shots here. I also have a few pictures that I took at the pre-race press conference on Friday. One of my favorite photos from the weekend is one that I took of George and his dad right after he crossed the line yesterday to win the Stars and Stripes jersey for a third time. You can find that shot, and maybe a few of my others later, in the Pelopics section of Pez Cycling News.

Update 9/2: Pez now has a few new posts about the US Pro races, which feature a number of my photographs. See their road race coverage here, time trail coverage here, and an excellent interview with Craig Lewis here.

In addition to riding and photographing the races, I was able to spend a little time with fellow bloggers who were in town for the weekend (as well as a few who live here). Robb from Mountain Biking by 198, Josh from Pro Bike Wrench, Byron and Pam from Bike Hugger, Frank from the Tour de France blog, Olivier from the BrandBuilder, Jonathan from Low Cadence, and Kirk from Hincapie Sportswear all attended the meet-up on Saturday afternoon. We had a great time talking about cycling… and whatever else came up. It was great to see everyone and to meet a couple of people who I had previously only communicated with online.

Needless to say, I was doing more than watching the racing action over the weekend…I also was checking out all the bikes. I will save the bike talk for a future post though. For now, I need to get back to sorting through more photos from the weekend. Shooting is fun, but editing is always the hard part.

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  1. Murray Elliot Breen aka ‘surf-the-arts’ September 1, 2009 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    After reading this blog, I was thinking about so many people in this world that do not have a great passion/interest, and especially with friends to share it with. You are very lucky – you have both!

  2. Ron September 1, 2009 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for the pictures and the report,James. You have quite the skills with a camera in hand.

    Psst..what's wrong with the commenter above? Surely this is not the place to learn alphabets.

  3. James September 1, 2009 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Murray, you are right…I am very lucky. That is the best thing about this blog. I get to meet great people who share my passion for bikes and cycling.

    Ron, thanks for the compliment.

    …and yeah, that comment was annoying- damn spammers.

  4. My name is Stephen September 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    hey, I'm looking for the guy in the red shirt in this pic. do you know who he is? he said he took some pictures of me but I failed to get contact info.

  5. Jamin September 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Hincapie had a great ride, but it wouldn't be completely true to say he had only one teammate. His 2010 team, the year in which he will primarily be reigning US Champ, was out in force, and placed 3rd and 4th.

    Great blog.

  6. James September 3, 2009 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Stephen, I assume you are referring to this shot of the 3 photographers. No, I don't know the guy in red. Maybe someone else can identify him.

    Jamin, good point, but WE didn't officially know he was signing with BMC until the next day.

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