MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) We saw earlier this week how the government shutdown could potentially affect the world of sports, as the Air Force/Navy and Army/Boston College NCAA football games were originally postponed.
That situation got worked out and both games went according to schedule, but the shutdown includes national parks, including the Colorado National Monument, part of which was a featured route for this year's Icon Lasik Tour of the Moon.
The organizers were able to re-route a new course Friday, saving the event, and the general consensus was that the 41 and 62-mile treks were just as good as years past.
Tom Danielson, who resides in Durango, came up for the tour.
He was available all day, answering fan questions, signing autographs and taking pictures.
Danielson, a strong climber, said this was one of the more fun races he's done, and events like this help build the cycling community.
"You have people riding by themselves in their communities," Danielson said, "and there's people like myself racing in the Tour de France that these guys are watching on TV. Here's an event where different communities come from all across the country. You have races, regular riders and everyone's just sort of celebrating the sport of cycling and really enjoying the community angle of it."