MFS Race Correspondents and 2013 USA Pro Challenge Podium Girls, Candice & Courtney
“Our high point for the day is that we did well on the podium, things went smoothly, we had a good day. We were worried about the rain, but there was still a good turnout. The low point of the day was the mud on our feet, because of the rain. But really, we didn’t have too much of a low point today actually. Things went well today. We drove ourselves in the van that you guys already talked about.
“We sounded so dumb in that interview we did with you guys. We sound like blondes. I mean, sorry Candice, but you know what I mean.
“Today we met some people who saw us on TV. They wanted to take pictures with us, which is good positive feedback. That happens every day from 2 to 2:30 PM—we are at the booth, taking pictures with people. It’s a lot of cyclists, fans, some kids. After that, we go to the hospitality tent and take pictures with the trophy, it’s pretty cool.
“We saw a motorcycle crash today, we almost cried. Then we got stuck because of a train in the middle of nowhere, which was craaaazy. But it was cool to drive the course before the race today. The fans wave at you and get excited, even though you are just staff.
We beep at them, and we do the pageant wave. Beep beep, wave, wave.”
“For dinner, we got some good pizza in downtown Vail.
“For tomorrow, we are looking forward to the outfits they wear, especially the helmets. The special helmets, the pointy ones, and the skintight suits. Because it’s a time trial, we won’t do rider sign in, but we’ll be there at the start, and then go do our appearances.”
Race Announcers Brad Sohner & Dave Towle
Brad: For us, this is the most enthusiastic audience of the year. We get to work together at the biggest races of the year in the US. I was fifteen when I started announcing, I was eighteen when I started announcing at the Tour of California. I used to work for an events company, and a guy heard my voice and said I should give it a try.
Dave: But the thing is, it’s not just the voice. You have to know and understand the tactics and the sport, and Brad has picked it up really quickly. Oh, and I don’t mean to brag, but this morning over coffee, we both picked Acevedo for the win today, and Tejay for the jersey. Part of that is that these guys are known quantities, they are just legitimate heavy hitters.