Photo: Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
The votes are in, and readers of USA Today and 10Best have landed Durango, Colorado, in the Top 10 for the Best U.S. Cycling Town! Just to be clear, that’s Top 10 out of the entire NATION, which is pretty much the best ever. Oh, and did we mention that Durango is No. 8 out of 10, meaning we beat out Bend, Oregon, and Sacramento, California? Not that we’re rubbing it in — just reveling in it!
Durango is the original home of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
(which, P.S. is Memorial Day weekend, so you better get to planning now) and has long been a favorite of cyclists, both pro and amateur alike. In a press release about the winning towns, the expert review panel from USA Today and 10Best said Durango earned “serious bragging rights” by placing 8th in a field with some serious competition.
Famous road bike racer George Hincapie, now retired, and 10Best highlighted Durango and had this to say about the town, which is also the smallest of the cities in the Top 10:
“With Durango as a base, a cyclist has access to thousands of miles of world-class singletrack downhills, switchbacks and trails in the mountains just outside of town. For road warriors looking to explore town on two wheels, there’s the 7-mile Animas River Trail, a shared-use bike and pedestrian path that runs nearly the entire length of Durango. George Hincapie calls Durango an ‘outdoorsy, bike-friendly community.’”
Today’s edition of USA Today will promote winners, including Durango, both in the print version and on usatoday.com’s Travel page
“USA TODAY is thrilled to share what 10Best and USA TODAY readers and users love most,” said John Peters, president of USA TODAY Travel Media Group. “Our readers are well-informed, well-travelled and opinionated. At the end of the day, content on our platforms is a reflection of them. A destination, organization or business which finds itself the recipient of a 10Best Readers’ Choice Award has really accomplished something.”