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Cool, Ben! Great job!
Put a sprint point at 8th & Lincoln. The "eventers" would get their "12 seconds of the peloton flashing by" and then up Rabbit Ears for the finish. It is only a Cat 3 but they would split on a climb to a stage win, mountain points and time in the GC. They split on the climb out two years ago with relatively no incentive.
And you're right - I would not go up there to see them climb the east side, but I sure would go up to see them climb the west side to a finish line. Arrange with SST, GoAlpine and the Lodgings to shuttle spectators up the pass. Have the awards ceremony in town. Tink outside the box.
Joel's point is to show off Steamboat. The finish we staged two years ago and the one upcoming could be in any town in Kansas. Rabbit Ears is a signature that not many towns have.
Great photo, John!
Joel, I agree. I have long thought a summit finish on the Ears would make for a great stage. The route could come up 131, detour down River Road (or do 20 Mile Road) and fly down Lincoln to give the in-town spectators a view of the Peloton. Then up Rabbit Ears to the finish. The logistics would be challenging but not the worst even the Pro Challenge has faced in the past two years.
Sonja, thanks for posting this answer. The original column by Douglas made no sense. "I don't like government so I want them to keep things the same." HUH! "She's looking for alternate funding methods so she's going to raise your taxes." HUH! I think he had a deadline and no ideas.
Thanks for thinking outside the box. I hope you do generate some innovate ideas on better ways of budgeting and obtaining new funding.
I drive and bike, and on the open road, yes, I see bikes and cars sharing well for the most part. But in town, bikes seem to lose their brains. They go wherever is to their advantage - street, sidewalk, crosswalk, between lanes, passing on the right, etc. As I was stopped on Lincoln for a red light at 5th, a bike rode up between the two lines of cars, stuck his nose out into the intersection, and blasted on through the red light. And I'll bet he wants me to respect his right to be on the road....
And it messes up the "Back" button, making it harder to navigate.
The Boston Marathon starts in my hometown of Hopkinton, Mass, so it has been a part of my life since I was a kid. I can only be relieved that they didn't target the start - it would have been a thousand casualties, some of which I would know personally. It saddens me to see that this fun and long-running traditional international event is marred in this way. An 8 year old boy killed, his sister loses her leg, mother has brain injuries, all because they wanted to see their father cross the finish line. My heart goes out to them and all the innocent victime.
I agree with Paul, but no one thing is going to cure the problem. If we attack it on all sensible fronts, maybe we have a chance of lesssening this kind of violence. Closing the gun show loophole with background checks is one common sense step to making it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to get guns. Restricting violence in movies and video games is another. But, just as the NRA and the gunsellers hide behind the second amendment, Hollywood will hide behind the first.
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