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On February 8th 2015 some of the best fixed-gear riders in Arizona took to a unique and scenic course at Arizona State University's famous Gammage Auditorium. Here is a recap that includes some great shots from photographer's Jeffrey Olsen (@jeffreymolsen) and Jeff Dalton.
Team rider, Craig Streit's steed prior to the race.
Riders line up to start. You can see historic "A Mountain" in the background: The Tempe Normal School class of 1918 was responsible for installing the first letter on Tempe Butte. When the school changed its name to Tempe State Teachers College in 1925, students retained one side of the "N" to form the stem of the "T." The school changed its name to Arizona State Teachers College, and in 1938, the letter "A" was installed on the butte. In 1952, a bomb blast destroyed the letter. The present "A" stands 60 feet tall and was built of reinforced steel and concrete in 1955. Guarding the "A" : Each year, during the week leading up to the ASU vs. U of A football game, the coordinates the guarding of our beloved gold "A" from being painted by U of A students.
The men got off to a quick start and the field quickly got strung out.
Shout out to the YOUNGEST rider in the bunch, Bailey Damwijk (13 years old). This young man has some drive and will be really great one day!
Thomas Keating working hard with Michael Dziedzic to bridge to team mate Brian Forbes in the front.
Thanksgiving Throwdown IV winner Cheman Cuan leads the chase group.
Lindsey and Kapri working together.
Cody is chilling in the back. Another talented young rider pictured here, Ethan Fuller. At 14-years old he was the youngest to complete the the 112 mile journey to Tucson with us during Explore Your State Vol. 1
The lead group, ultimately the winning group, Thomas Keating, Craig Streit, Michael Dziedzic, and Brian Forbes.
Lindsey rounds Gammage on her last lap. It was designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and was originally scheduled for Baghdad, Iraq. But the building was never erected and the plans were shelved until 1957, when ASU president Grady Gammage contacted Wright about designing a concert hall. Wright produced his old plans, the deal was made and construction began in 1962. Neither Gammage or Wright lived to see its completion. The first event staged in the $2.46 million venue was a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy, on Sept. 18, 1964. The auditorium contains 3,000 seats, all of them within 115 feet of the stage.
Lindsey cruising to the win!
The lead men's group. One of these things is not like the others...Michael didn't get the memo on which kit he was supposed to wear.
Thomas is stoked to see his name up top.
The women's podium. Lindsey Ryder, Meggie Townsend, Kapri Gonzales.
The men's podium, Thomas Keating, Craig Streit, Brian Forbes.
Huge thank you to ASU Cycling Club president, Constantin Schreiber for putting on the event. Full photo dump of all 87 pics can be accessed here.