Colorado is a great place for a bike race, breath taking scenery, wonderful roads, great mountain roads for climbing, but the TV coverage was disappointing.
Phil and Paul's, descriptions were redundant and trite. Very little perspective for the true nature of the race came through. I followed the race, know the roads and then watched on TV. The TV coverage was poor, the sponsors need to demand better, and get better advice about how to run the TV presentation.
The Tour de France has many years of experience in bringing cycling to the public, the US Pro Challenge TV producers, have much to learn from the Tour de France coverage. The racers were great, the quality of the racers was superb, to bad the coverage was so poor. I hope they do it for many more years, maybe they'll get it right next year, let's hope. Why waste such a great opportunity to show the world, a great race and our beautiful country, at the same time?
The actual on the road phases of the race were well organized. The state and local police did a great job. Congratulations to the towns and the sponsors for their efforts.
NBC did a terrible job of covering the race, three times they rehashed the week, during the last day of TV coverage, no looks of the final climb, they totally missed the great road up Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado.
Gary rides the last big corner to the top of Loveland Pass. It's about 23 miles, over 3000 feet of climbing on roads with no traffic. Sections are on bike trails in beautiful forests. It's cool and fresh, whereas Denver can be 96 degrees, it's in the 60ies from Silver Plume to the top. This can be done in 2 hours, with moderate fitness. Riding it in under two hours starts to get interesting.
This is another safe leg building machine, it is controlled by weights and a cable. As with any of these exercises start with very light weights. You should warm up with 30 reps easy and slowly feeling all your leg muscles working.
The farther you bring your feet back to your hips the more glute (butt) muscles you will use. This is good for skiing as the are really important stabilizers of the hips and thigh.
My right leg is the surgically repaired Achilles Tendon, the muscles are slowly coming back.
Since I am working on my calf, push off muscles, as well as my legs, my feet are lower than normal to put pressure on the toes and ball of the foot. If you want more glute (butt) and quad training, move your feet forward or up the ramp.
This is just one of the many types of lower back "safe" leg press machines. It works reasonably well and you don't need a spotter or years of squat technique training..