Video: Vande Velde makes US farewell tour in Colorado

When the day's early break was finally swept up on the streets of Denver, Colorado, and the bell rung for one 14.6km lap to go in the concluding stage of the USA Pro Challenge, Christian Vande Velde moved to the very front of the peloton for the finale of his last race on home soil. The 37-year-old American will bring his 16-year professional career to a conclusion following the team time trial world championships this September, but for the Garmin-Sharp veteran this final lap in front of the biggest crowds of the race was a fitting denouement for a career which began many years ago in this same state.

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Based in the southeastern United States, Peter produces race coverage for all disciplines, edits news and writes features. The New Jersey native has 30 years of road racing and cyclo-cross experience, starting in the early 1980s as a Junior in the days of toe clips and leather hairnets. Over the years he's had the good fortune to race throughout the United States and has competed in national championships for both road and 'cross in the Junior and Masters categories. The passion for cycling started young, as before he switched to the road Peter's mission in life was catching big air on his BMX bike.