famous cycling city,
it should be
It’s not always crystal clear why it is that certain areas and cities around the world seem to lend themselves so
much towards cycling. And by cycling,
I mean the serious and passionate world
of road cycling in particular.
In Europe, there are cities such as
Ghent, Nice, Lucca, Varesse and Girona.
All of these metropolises seem to lure
top pro cyclists towards their streets
and back roads, and, of course, the rest
of us follow.
Why? Multiple answers here, I guess:
convenience, accessibility, terrain,
weather—the list goes on. There are
several U.S. cities that could stake a
fair claim to be branded as a true “bike
city.” Just as Moab, Utah, and Crested
Butte, Colorado, are well-known
mountain bike meccas, there really
seems to be one clear winner when it
comes to the nation’s road cycling capital, and it has to be Boulder, Colorado.
WHAT MAKES BOULDER?
Boulder is a large and peaceful town
located 25 miles north of Denver. It lies
to the western fringe of the mile-high
Colorado Plateau, right off the Front
Range. Boulder is the doorstep to the
grandiose Rocky Mountains. Home to
the famous Flatiron rock formation, the
city has for decades been the effective
epicenter of American cycling. And, as
we all know, American cycling is slowly
but surely becoming world cycling. For
sure numerous national greats have
pedaled out from here over the years,
kind of retracing the steps of the original
Wild West pioneers by returning boldly
to Europe and carving their way into
the once-almost-closed pro race scene.
Those early exports included many of
the legendary riders from the 7-Eleven
team, including Davis Phinney and
The first real Boulder-based rider
to make the “very” big time was Andy
By Steve Thomas