Elise Thatcher

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Elise Thatcher is a reporter with Aspen Public Radio since 2013. 

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10:45pm

Tue August 27, 2013
USA Pro Challenge

Officials: We’ll Make Sure Cycling’s Clean This Time

A UCI chaperone follows pro cyclists selected for anti-doping testing, after the 2013 USA Pro Challenge. Overall champion, stage winners, and random riders are usually tested.
Elise Thatcher

Early in the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, Aspen Public Radio spent some time with the official drug tester for the International Cycling Union.  You can hear that story here. New testing procedures are in effect in an effort to show the sport is trying to clean up after years of doping scandals.  In the second report, we take a look at the competing agencies tasked with making sure the athletes are clean. [Note: see above for photos of drug testing chaperones during the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.]

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1:41am

Mon August 26, 2013
USA Pro Challenge

Aspen Cyclist Wins Pro Challenge

2013 Pro Challenge winner and Aspen resident Tejay van Garderen whizzes by spectators after crossing the finish line, Stage 7.
Elise Thatcher

The USA Pro Challenge finished up in Denver on Sunday. After a week crossing Colorado, competitors in the international bike race made several laps in the heart of Denver. In the end though, it was a far different finish than a year ago.

It was a moment three years in the making. After two near misses, pro cyclist Tejay van Garderen finally clinched the yellow winner’s jersey.

Announcer Brad Sohner: “These folks love seeing Tejay van Garderen win, you gotta feel the love in Colorado!”

Tejay van Garderen: “Yeah, let me feel that love one more time!”

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12:29am

Fri August 23, 2013
USA Pro Challenge

Inside the Peloton: The USA Pro Challenge from a Team Car

General Manager Ed Beamon at morning meeting for Champion System Pro Cycling team. August 20th, 2013.
Elise Thatcher

All week, the USA Pro Challenge has flashed across TV, computer, and mobile screens… thanks to a film crew on motorcycles. Now we bring you what it’s like to be, literally, in the middle of the peloton. On Stage 2 of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher rode in a team car with the Champion System pro cycling team.

  

Every day, before a race begins, the Champion System team meets in their RV. A handful of cyclists sit quietly, suited up in racing jerseys, looking pensive. General Manager Ed Beamon lays out the strategy.

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12:45am

Thu August 22, 2013
USA Pro Challenge

How ARE Cyclists Tested for Doping, Anyway?

UCI Doping Control Officer David Miller points to one of the bottles that would hold an athlete's urine.
Elise Thatcher

Cycling is trying to prove it’s clean. The sport has had a public relations disaster as one after another rider has admitted to doping in years past... including icon and superstar Lance Armstrong. But organizers and younger athletes maintain the sport is far cleaner now, partly because of the kinds of tests used to catching athletes cheating. Aspen Public Radio took a look at what that actually involves.

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12:59pm

Tue August 20, 2013
USA Pro Challenge

USA Pro Challenge Updates from the Road

Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher is in car 8 in the moving convoy following the Champion System team. They're riding from Aspen to Breckenridge for Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge.
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Today's Stage 2 of the  USA Pro Cycling Challenge takes riders over Independence Pass and over to Breckenridge. The riders will zoom through Buena Vista, Fairplay and Alma before they reach the finish line. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher is getting an insider's glimpse. She's riding in a team car for Team Champion System. She's been giving us updates from the road. Here she's passing through Twin Lakes...

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