In the Pits: Colorado Classic women’s race

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Photo essay from the start and roadside of stage 4 of the Women's Colorado Classic.

Rally Cycling
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.com
Rally Cycling
Rally’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.com
Team meeting
The 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.com
Team meeting
As the drizzle began before stage 3, teams took to the vans to hold team meetings and discuss strategy. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Katie Hall's Orbea Orca
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.com
Katie Hall's Orbea
Like many pros, Hall has taken to the newest trend in saddles: short and wide. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Katie Hall's Orbea Orca
We’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.com
Jen Tetrick
Jen 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
Feedback Sports warm-up
Amy D. Foundation riders warm up on Feedback Sports trainers before stage 3. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Eleanor Valez
Amy D.’s Eleanor Valez had, hands down, the coolest-looking bike at the Colorado Classic. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Eleanor Valez's Specialized
The hot pink bike features a leopard-print fork, among other awesome bits of flair. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Eleanor Valez's Specialized
A jarring combo that just works. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Eleanor Valez's Specialized
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.com
On your left
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Top cap motivation
You gotta work toward something. Might as well be donuts. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Woof.
Amy D.’s unofficial mascot and bouncer took issue with this VeloNews photographer. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Don't Worry. Be Happy.
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Self-supported
Yes, there were support cars during the women’s race too. But it’s always good to be prepared. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Colorado Classic Women's Race
UHC’s Katie Hall defended her GC lead to take the overall win. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Colorado Classic Women's race
The peloton winds its way past Coors Field in Denver. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Break
The wide downtown streets offered ample opportunity for breakways, though the peloton largely stayed together throughout the stage. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Colorado Classic Women's race
The race was marked by aggressive riding as riders attempted to break away. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com
Colorado Classic Women's race
A small move formed but was eventually brought to heel by the teams of the sprinters. Photo: Dan Cavallari : VeloNews.com