They Came to My Town

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they came to my town
a parade of state patrol cars,
motorcycles, bicycles

the color spectrum covered
by fans and riders
a celebration of the sport
a competition to the end

we waited
the helicopter appeared in the distance
flashing lights announced their approach
tiny dots on the hill
quickly transformed to men on bikes
riding across the dam
then up the hill and gone

The US Pro Cycling challenge completed its sixth stage in Fort Collins on Saturday. I attended with thousands of fans. And our hometown hero, Tejay van Garteren won the Challenge!