For additional information about the race and related festivities across all seven days, go to www.usaprocyclingchallenge.com, www.nococycling.com or www.windsorgov.com
Windsor’s Pro Challenge event lineup
Friday at Boardwalk Park
6 p.m.-8 p.m.: Live music featuring Harley and The V-Twins, large tricycle race, aqua trike races
Beer Garden until 10 p.m.
7:30 p.m.: Parade of Bikes around Windsor Lake. Costumes and decorated bikes are encouraged.
8:30 p.m.: Film “Rise of the Guardians”
10 p.m.: Film: American Flyers
Saturday (Windsor residents are encouraged to wear blue all day)
6 a.m.: Pancake breakfast at American Legion
9 a.m.: Farmers Market at 5th and Main streets opens. Other retailers are expected to open early, too.
11:35 a.m.: Race starts at The Ranch, riders will likely roll down Main Street minutes later
12:15 p.m.: Drawing for $1,400 bike as part of Wheels and Deals program through Downtown Development Authority
11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Front Range Wine Festival at Main Park
Around 3 p.m.: Race expected to wrap up in Old Town, Fort Collins. Finishing festival to follow.
For more information about becoming a vendor for the weekend’s festivities, contact Amy Porter at (970) 674-2441.
Here’s what to expect on race day in Windsor
» Crowds are likely to begin building in downtown Windsor early — at least an hour before the peloton rolls through shortly after 11:30
» Police will close roads along the route shortly before the race kicks off. No vehicles will be allowed on the road until the 120 riders clear the area
» The excitement will likely build to a fervor in anticipation of the sprint race to 5th Street at which time the pack will fly by.
» With that, the main event will be over — likely in under five minutes. Spectators are encouraged to stay in the area for the farmers market, Wine Festival or Poudre Trail Challenge or move over to Fort Collins to catch the finishing festivities.
Cycling lingo can be confusing. Here’s a rundown of the top words you’ll likely hear talked about on the sidelines, as adapted from centurycycles.com
» Aero: slang for aerodynamic, streamlined. Anything that helps a cyclist cheat his main opponent, the wind. Aero devices include handlebars, bullet-shaped helmets, even windshields.
» Anaerobic: Cycling or exercising at a pace that causes labored breathing because you’re struggling to get enough oxygen. Obviously, you can’t keep at it for long.
» Bonk: the miserable condition you suffer if you don’t eat and drink enough on a ride. Symptoms include a pins-and-needles feeling in the arms and legs, light-headedness, disorientation and nausea. It can lead to loss of control and crashing. Prevent it by always carrying food and water and eating and drinking before you’re hungry and thirsty.
» Cadence: The average rate that you pedal when riding. Count the revolutions of one pedal in a minute. A good goal is averaging 90 to 100 rpm.
» Century: Any 100-mile ride. There also are “metric centuries.” They cover 62.5 miles.
» Circuit race: usually a multi-lap road race around a course that exceeds one mile (versus criterium races that are held on shorter courses).
» Doping: To make use of physiological substances in immoderate quantity or abnormal method from healthy people in order to obtain an artificial increase of the performance during the competition
» Giro d’Italia: In English, the Tour of Italy, this is the country’s grand tour and the second most important stage race on the professional calendar after the Tour de France.
» Interval training: an intense type of workout excellent for building strength, where you go hard for a set distance, pedal easily to recover, and then repeat the hard/easy efforts a number of times.
» Peloton: the main body or group of riders. Also called the “pack,” “field” and “group.”
Sag wagon: Also called “SAG,” this is the vehicle that follows riders on a group ride and carries supplies and food. If you crash or run out of energy, you can sometimes get a ride back to the start in the sag wagon.
» Slicks: tires with so little tread that they appear bald. Very fast with good grip.
» Stage: one of the individual daily races that make up a stage race.
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Sunday 2:30 p.m. (Preview) NBCSN
Monday 3 p.m. (Stage 1) NBCSN
Tuesday 2 p.m. (Stage 2) NBCSN
Wednesday 3 p.m. (Stage 3) NBCSN
Thursday 2 p.m. (Stage 4) NBCSN
Friday 2 p.m. (Stage 5) NBCSN
Saturday 12:30 p.m. (Stage 6) NBC
Saturday 2:30 p.m. (Stage 6) NBCSN
Sunday Noon (Stage 7) NBCSN
Sunday 2 p.m. (Stage 7) NBC