Aspen, Colorado, USA
This year I had the opportunity to ride with George Hincapie, one of the most recognizable professional cyclists in the world. I got to feel what it would be like to be a pro cyclist, and I’m glad I’m not, actually! I’m competitive, and I like to push myself, but it hurts. You have to go hard. George pulled me up to Ashcroft—a 14-mile climb and a classic ride in Aspen. It’s about 11 miles at a 3 percent incline. My goal was to beat my own time of 45 minutes and to beat everyone I was riding with, so George was nice enough to pull me up for part of the way, yelling “cowboy up, DuVine” the whole way. He told me, “I’ve done the TDF 17 times. You couldn’t be on a better wheel. If we win this, we’re going to do a Champagne toast.”
I wanted to cry for happiness during the ride—knowing that George Hincapie has battled up some of the greatest climbs to finish at the Champs-Élysées , and I had the opportunity to have him as my own personal domestique. But I also wanted to cry because it was so painful. I’m not a pro cyclist. I have the heart, and I put in the time, but it was painful.
So long story short—it was a beautiful day, I was winning most of the way, and in the last 30 seconds, my friend Steve beat me at the line. I finished, fell to the ground, and didn’t have a Champagne toast. But I got a huge pat on the back by George and Steve. And with anything you love, you get back in the saddle and try again. Next up: TDF.
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