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  • Ramsey: Tejay van Garderen's mom saw cycling victory coming long ago

    DENVER - Moms know. They just do. Janice van Garderen was standing in the VIP tent near the finish line of the USA Pro Challenge when she glanced over and saw Courtney and Heidi, two young women blessed with extremely long hair, slathering on lipstick. She knew what was ahead. She knew Courtney and Heidi, the Pro Challenge's podium...

  • Ramsey: Peyton Manning sheds light on his true character

    Peyton Manning has sold himself to America as gentle, polite,kind, patient, classy. On Saturday night in Denver, Manning expressed himself to Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger. And he was not gentle, polite, kind, patient or classy. Swearinger had just delivered a wicked hit on Wes Welker, causing a concussion. Manning responded with a...

  • Ramsey: Emmanuel Sanders erases memories of Eric Decker

    DENVER - The text arrived at halftime from one of Colorado's most smitten Eric Decker fans. She is not alone. Tens of thousands of Decker devotees, mostly female, reside in our state. "Eric who?" the text asked. The text shouted an important message about the 2014 Broncos. Emmanuel Sanders has arrived. In the space of 68 seconds,...

  • Ramsey: Air Force hopes desire leads to winning season

    Failure is not an option, or so they say. The Air Force football team knows better. The Falcons stumbled to two wins and 10 losses last season. They lost by 18 or more points seven times. They ended the season with a 58-13 loss to Colorado State that could have been worse. The Rams led 51-0 at the end of the third quarter. Let there be no...

  • Ramsey: Fit Colorado Springs marvels at ultra-fit athletes this week

    Tim Richter is a typical resident of Colorado Springs. He rides his bike from his Briargate home to his office, speeding along on a scenic trail. He estimates he rides 100 miles a week, sometimes commuting, sometimes for enjoyment. He was standing, bike at his side, Thursday afternoon at Mesa Road watching cyclists from the USA Pro Challenge...

  • Ramsey: Air Force QB Karson Roberts waits for another Reno

    He'll always have Reno. Karson Roberts has a tough gig. He's Air Force's No. 3 quarterback, and he will spend the season as a spectator unless calamity strikes Kale Pearson and Nate Romine. Yes, there are dozens of No. 3 quarterbacks in America. But none of those No. 3s gained 161 yards rushing in his college football debut. Well, none...

  • Ramsey: Matt Carpenter has new routine for Pikes Peak Marathon

    Matt Carpenter won the Pikes Peak Marathon 12 times and the Ascent six times. He spent Sunday working a few blocks from the finish line at Colorado Custard Company, which he owns. “It was a beautiful day out there to run,” he said late in the morning as he handed a chocolate cone to a customer. But he did not run on this beautiful day. Used to...

  • Ramsey: Diabetes team cyclists linked by bond to compete, thrive

    Joonas Henttala rode the mountains of Colorado last summer as part of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. It was wonderful. It was terrible. He experienced extreme agony. He experienced extreme joy. "When you know you're facing those long climbs," he said, "it's a special feeling. You know you're going to hurt and everybody else is going to hurt...

  • Ramsey: Swiss dentist Marc Lauenstein rules America's Mountain, wins Pikes Peak Marathon

    Marc Lauenstein works as a dentist in Switzerland, where he spends his days examining decay. His profession can be depressing. It's not easy to tell someone drills and shots and pain lurk in the near future. But he always takes a long break from his labor. He puts on his running shorts and shoes and sprints out the door of his home or office....

  • Ramsey: Air Force's Pearson makes his audacious vision come true

    On a sunny evening in March, Air Force quarterback Kale Pearson stood alone watching a crowd interview fellow QB Nate Romine. A scrimmage had just ended. Pearson, still nursing his surgically repaired right knee, could only watch his teammates beat on each other. Romine, blessed with healthy knees, ranked as star of the scrimmage and clear...

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