By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor in Boulder, Colorado
The mayor of Boulder, Colorado, Shaun McGrath, was in attendance at Saturday evening's launch of the 2009 Garmin-Slipstream team at the Boulder Theater. He began the evening's festivities with a belated "welcome home" before announcing that the city would be honoring the team's 2008 accomplishments with a series of argyle-themed bike racks to be installed around the city.
"We thought this would be better than a key to the city," said Mayor McGrath. The first rack will be unveiled during the city's Athletes Holiday Gathering on Sunday, December 14 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m at the East Boulder Community Center.
Members of the Garmin-Slipstream team along with some of the many Olympians that make Boulder their home will be on hand giving residents a chance to ride, run or just socialize with the elite athletes. Participants are encouraged to bring donation items to benefit local charities.
Check back with Cyclingnews for full coverage of the event and the team's first camp.