In the Pits: Colorado Classic women’s raceDan Cavallari / August 19, 2018Photo essay from the start and roadside of stage 4 of the Women's Colorado Classic. Rally’s Emma white plays DJ before the start of Stage 3. One of her teammates accused her of playing Nickleback. White denied the allegations. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comRally’s Abby Mickey warmed up before stage 3. The women’s race fought through some wet weather early on in the stage, making for some treacherous cornering. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comThe team paddock was mostly quiet before stage 3, but the intensity was palpable. Teams met informally on coolers or in folding chairs to discuss strategy for the day. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comAs the drizzle began before stage 3, teams took to the vans to hold team meetings and discuss strategy. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com UHC’s Katie Hall took the top step of the podium at the end of the Colorado Classic. She rode this Orbea Orca on her way to victory. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comLike many pros, Hall has taken to the newest trend in saddles: short and wide. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comWe’ve finally come to a place in bicycle design in which the women’s bikes are largely the same as the men’s bike, just in smaller sizes and different touch points. Hall’s handlebars, for example, appear to be quite a bit narrower than most men’s bars. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comJen Tetrick was quick to point out the efficiency and power of the Shimano disc brakes on her Fuji Supreme. She said they offer much better control, especially heading into corners. Tetrick has been racing on discs all season. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com Amy D. Foundation riders warm up on Feedback Sports trainers before stage 3. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comAmy D.’s Eleanor Valez had, hands down, the coolest-looking bike at the Colorado Classic. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comThe hot pink bike features a leopard-print fork, among other awesome bits of flair. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comA jarring combo that just works. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com A testament to the grit of the women’s peloton, Valez’s sprinter buttons are surrounded by some pink repair tape. You do the best you can with the resources you’re given. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comPhoto: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comYou gotta work toward something. Might as well be donuts. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comAmy D.’s unofficial mascot and bouncer took issue with this VeloNews photographer. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comYes, there were support cars during the women’s race too. But it’s always good to be prepared. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comUHC’s Katie Hall defended her GC lead to take the overall win. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comThe peloton winds its way past Coors Field in Denver. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com The wide downtown streets offered ample opportunity for breakways, though the peloton largely stayed together throughout the stage. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comThe race was marked by aggressive riding as riders attempted to break away. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.comA small move formed but was eventually brought to heel by the teams of the sprinters. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com Stay On Topic Team Rwanda undeterred despite epic travel delays, DNFs in Colorado Team Rwanda didn't finish the Colorado Classic due to a 56-hour travel delay, but the trip was about more than just racing. VN Podcast ep. 103: Takeaways from the Colorado Classic, previewing La Vuelta The podcast covers the many storylines of the Colorado Classic, hearing from Travis McCabe and Lauren Hall, and also looks ahead to the Colorado Classic women’s race a work in progress Riders want more challenging courses and broadcast coverage — Colorado Classic organizers agree, but it's not so simple.