In professional cycling, the Prologue is a short individual time trial, where the cyclists are sent
The Prologue is a race against the clock, not against other riders.
On to the pictures...
The riders start out in the "start house" where the commissare will count down the last 5 seconds before they depart.
Then they ride down the ramp from the start house and out onto the course. The "race of truth" has begun.
There is another official there to hold the bicycle up so the rider can have both feet clipped in, and be ready to go as soon as the commissare gives them the signal. This rider is having a little problem getting his front wheel aligned...
...and it nearly cost him, as he wobbles down the ramp.
Fortunately for (173) Eric Slack (and undoubtedly his ego), he recovered.
Behind the scenes: When the rider comes up to the start house, the officials first place his bike in a jig to make sure that everything is to UCI specifications.
Norm Bryner with the Utah All-Stars team. Norm is a mechanic at one of my favorite bike shops, SLC Bicycle Co. I talked to him in the morning before the Prologue, as he was truing a customer's wheel. I asked him how he felt about the race. He said that he was nervous. This is his first appearance in the Tour of Utah. Good Luck Norm!
Aaron Tuckerman with LandRover/ORBEA
I don't like Rock Racing's team kit this year. Last year's kit was, in my opinion, very cool. Way overpriced ($250 for a jersey), but cool. I am not a fan of the graffitti look. also, who told them that a splash of red in the crotchal aera was a good idea? It looks like the riders are having a serious problem down there...