KUSA - Team parking is at the USA Pro Challenge is well known for friendliness: Fans can check out the pros' fancy bikes, watch them warm up and get autographs.
But they aren't allowed where 9NEWS went Monday morning in Aspen: the team bus.
The buses are easy to spot, and every team has one. Outside every team bus, the scene is bustling with bikes, mechanics and fans. Inside, it's a much different scene, especially when it's time to game plan.
"We have three laps of a circuit stage in Aspen today," Team Champion System General Manager Ed Beamon said.
Prior to every stage, Ed, along with team director Chris Wherry, prep the team and make a strategy for the day.
"During the stage when things quiet down, get yourselves organized, stay together and let's ride good position in the bunch," Beamon tells his guys.
"If you're not at the front there, you're going to be missing out because it's going to be fast, right corners. [You] gotta stay at the front and gotta look after one another," Adds Wherry, a former U.S. National Road Champ, said.
With just three Americans on the team for this week's race, everything Ed and Chris say is also translated for the foreign members.
Pro cycling is a business, but that doesn't mean they don't like to have fun.
"The Craig Lewis Fan Club will be out there," Ed says with a grin. "No autographs during the race, we'll save that nonsense for the finish. Let's go get 'em!"
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