On a muggy summer afternoon in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, a dozen people are hard at work on the patio behind a local church. They're stripping old bicycles of their brakes, cables and chains, and sanding and spray-painting them white.
But behind the lighthearted chatter, there's a more somber purpose to this gathering: They're building "ghost bikes."
Painted all white and adorned with colorful notes and flowers, ghost bikes are the cycling community's equivalent of roadside shrines dotting the highway; they mark the spot where a rider was killed in traffic.
Communities across the state are getting ready to welcome the top cyclists in the world for the second annual USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The cycling race begins Monday in Durango where many locals are excited but also uncertain whether it’ll mean a boost to businesses.
Today marks the start of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a seven-day professional bike race that will broadcast images of Colorado to about 200 countries. It also marks the finish line for the 12 cities hosting the event, which have spent months and thousands of dollars preparing to welcome the traveling road show.