Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio blog: What’s the big deal about Boulder?

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio blog: What’s the big deal about Boulder?


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Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv)

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ashleigh Moolman Pasio wheels her bike away

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio wheels her bike away (Image credit: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv)

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (CCC-Liv) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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An elite group – including eventual stage winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) and CCC-Liv's Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio – goes clear on stage 1 of the 2019 Tour of California Women's Race

An elite group – including eventual stage winner Anna van der Breggen (Boels Dolmans) and CCC-Liv’s Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio – goes clear on stage 1 of the 2019 Tour of California Women’s Race (Image credit: Jonathan Devich/epicimages.us)
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Anna van der Breggen, Katie Hall and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio wait backstage at the Tour of California podium

Anna van der Breggen, Katie Hall and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio wait backstage at the Tour of California podium (Image credit: Getty Images)

It felt here nor there to me, I thought, deciding whether or not to go the USA. I wasn’t sure whether I would race the Tour of California but, if I did, I would spend a week in Boulder first for some altitude and solid training. I was still recovering from my crash at Amstel Gold Race. What seemed like an insignificant pavement slam had done some damage in my lower back and things were not quite perfect yet. I was ready to train but was I ready to race? Was all the travel worth it? What was the big deal about Boulder anyway?

Even though the weather forecast looked awful, some coaxing from a locally placed friend was enough to sway the vote and I was off to Colorado. Arriving in Denver, I was less than impressed with the flat terrain. Where were the mountains?



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