"This is a privilege denied to many, especially at my age," said the 64-year-old Breckenridge resident as a mechanic for his Carmichael Training Systems team grabbed his bike for a cleaning and a coach delivered a brightly colored drink. Oshlo was one of 19 cyclists who paid $10,500 to pedal the entire 683-mile USA Pro Challenge route, just like the pros.
The Carmichael Training Systems team — which included six coaches, five mechanics and five massage therapists — ate with the pros, got daily bike maintenance and massages, stayed in the same hotel as the pros and team members even got fined for being late to meetings or departures. (The fines went to the Kids on Bikes charity.) The riders got VIP access to stage finishes and colleague-type access to the world's best cyclists.