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Nathan Van Dyne

Features Editor

Nathan, a University of Missouri graduate, is at home in the mountains. And on a bike.

A black bear took refuge in a forest Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in Breckenridge as the cyclists in the Colorado Classic raced on nearby Moonstone Road.
COLORADO CLASSIC
Italian cyclist Manuel Senni is the first champion of the Colorado Classic. In this photo, the men's peloton heads down the hill at Garden of the Gods during Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs on Thursday, August 10, 2017.(Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
Andrei Krasilnikau, racing for Holowesko/Citadel Racing races toward the Peak to Peak HIghway after the first King of the Mountain as a storm brews in the distance Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, during Stage 3 of the the Colorado Classic . The 79.4-mile Stage 3 started and finished in Denver.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Andrei Krasilnikau, racing for Holowesko/Citadel Racing, races toward the Peak to Peak Highway after the first King of the Mountain as a storm brews in the distance Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, during Stage 3 of the the Colorado Classic . The 79.4-mile Stage 3 started and finished in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Serhei Tvetcov celebrates after beating Manuel Senni to the finish line Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, during Stage 3 of the the Colorado Classic . The 79.4-mile Stage 3 started and finished in Denver.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Serghei Tvetcov celebrates after beating Manuel Senni to the finish line Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, during Stage 3 of the Colorado Classic . The 79.4-mile Stage 3 started and finished in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sara Poidevin celebrates after crossing the finishline for the win Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during Stage 2 of the women's race of the  Colorado Classic in Breckenridge, Colo.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sara Poidevin celebrates after crossing the finishline for the win Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during Stage 2 of the women's race of the Colorado Classic in Breckenridge, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cannodale-Drapac’s Alex Howes celebrates after beating Holowesko/Citadel’s T.J. Eisenhart at the finish Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during Stage 2 of the men's race of the  Colorado Classic in Breckenridge, Colo.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Cannodale-Drapac’s Alex Howes celebrates after beating Holowesko/Citadel’s T.J. Eisenhart at the finish Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, during Stage 2 of the men's race of the Colorado Classic in Breckenridge, Colo. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Classic
The women's race of the Colorado Classic heads up Mesa Rd. after leaving Garden of the Gods Thursday, August 10, 2017. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Colorado Classic
Cyclists round a curve at Mesa Rd. and 30th St. during the Colorado Classic on Thursday, August 10, 2017. -(Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Colorado Springs’ Jenn Valente, right, racing for Sno-Air Twenty20, edges out Skylar Schneider, center, racing for the ISCorp team, for the win Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in the women's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Colorado Springs’ Jenn Valente, right, racing for Sno-Air Twenty20, edges out Skylar Schneider, center, racing for the ISCorp team, for the win Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in the women's race of Stage 1 of the Colorado Classic in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
USA PRO CHALLENGE
The peloton races into the Garden of the Gods during the first of four laps through the park for Stage 4 of the USA Pro Challenge Thursday, August 21, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette