Quiznos Pro Challenge: One prologue possibility from Patrick O'Grady on Vimeo.

More fun with technology. This time it’s an old Flip Video camera that spits out .avi files, one of which I converted using Evom and then fiddled with in iMovie 9. The video sucks, and my editing is worse (first time out of the chute with iMovie 9), but it’ll give you a blurry, jittery peek at one proposed course for the prologue to the 2011 Quiznos Pro Challenge (my bike for this shoot was a Vespa, and the Flip rode along in a jacket pocket).

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8 Responses to “Videocy”

  1. Larry T. Says:

    Hmmm…THIS route is supposed to be a showcase for the beauty of Colorado? One could have been blindfolded and dropped via parachute onto this route and have NO freakin’ idea of where in the US you were. I remember the route they used for the World’s back in ’86, I thought it was a bit more scenic, no? Did they build McMansions over that?

  2. bromasi Says:

    where’s the barf bag gotta little motion sickness on the back of the vespa

  3. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Larry, the good news is that the other two candidates are worse. Oh, wait a minute — that’s the bad news. The good news is, come next August the wiseguys will probably have picked a better route.

    And yo, Bro’, suck it up, homes. Don’t barf on my Vespa, esé. You have no idea how many times I had to watch that crappy video whilst teaching myself the rudiments of iMovie 9. I’m surprised my keyboard remains untainted by recycled kung pao chicken.

  4. James Says:

    Scary thought: the pro hos will probably do the same route in about the same amount of time (including the stops for traffic lights)! Makes you feel old, fat, slow and crusty now don’t it?

  5. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Hey, James, I am old, fat, slow and crusty. Ugly too. Ill-tempered also. And arrogant — let’s not forget that one, because I’m convinced I could devise a better prologue if I were drunk and blindfolded in a pitch-black room, using a big black crayon to sketch a course on a map of Bibleburg using my left hand, or possibly a foot.

    Shoot, starting at USOC HQ and heading east toward Memorial Park would be more interesting. Cut a few didoes in the park and then finish on the 7-Eleven velodrome. Charge VIPs for seating, help defray the cost to our impoverished village. TV would understand the event because it would be taking place in something like a stadium. And the course would pass right by the local snoozepaper, so maybe some sports type might wander down the block with a notepad, especially if there were a beer tent. A free-beer tent, that is.

  6. Libby Says:

    I enjoyed this preview of the potential course and, not incidentally, the tour of Bibleburg. The famous peak, the hills, the trees, the wide roads and the angle parking (!). Your route and venue suggestion sounds great.

  7. James Says:

    Hey Patrick, it was not a comment about YOUR person, more about the relative speed that these “clean” cyclists will do the stage. They will make it look easy, not because they are young, fit and fast but because they will have finely tuned machines and ‘cardiovascular systems.’

    As for the route, I like it. It sure beats that screwfest that my hometown put for for the ’09 ToC. All they needed was one more corner and it would have been a long crit. But the tens of thousands of fans who crammed the ten block square area was way more than enough. As for viewing: if you are paying to watch a bike race, I have some Florida waterview property I’d like to sell you. Both the ToC and TdF had those packages but for those of us who like to wander (or hate VIPs) paying to watch a bike race is just idiocy in my opinion. BYOB.

  8. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Thanks, Libby … clearly, I need to upgrade both my technology and my skills, but I’m glad to hear the vid’ got the point across. I should shoot an alternative, but it would be pissing in the wind, as I expect the wiseguys have already discarded the three options previously proposed and are working on (or have settled on) something else.

    James, as prologues go, I’ve seen worse than this — but it could get punched up a bit with a left turn from Cascade onto Colorado Avenue, a quick right-left-right descent onto Sierra Madre (once home to Carmichael Training Systems and the late, lamented Brian’s Bicycle Repair), and then a short climb via Kiowa or Bijou back to Cascade, which is the long, straight stretch leading to just shy of The Colorado College.

    This would enhance the degree of difficulty a skosh and add a couple of comfy eatery-slash-park viewpoints without greatly impairing infernal-combustion traffic. It’s tough to build a course around the USOC HQ and downtown. As Gertrude Stein famously said of Oakland, there is no there there. So there. There, there. …

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