10 best cycling towns in the U.S.

It's no real surprise Davis, Calif. took first place in USA Today's Best Cycling Town Readers' Choice Contest when you look at these facts -- 22 percent of residents commute on bikes and 95 percent of city roads have bike paths.

Colorado's Fort Collins, with its 310 miles of trails, mountain bike opportunities and even a Bike-In Cinema Series - ran a tight race and landed a very solid second place.

Rounding out the top 10 were Minnepolis, Madison, Greenville S.C., Chattanooga, Tucson, Durango, Sacramento and Bend, Ore. It's notable that so many cities in northern latitudes gained traction with pedal-pushing readers.

Only two southeastern cities represented the options east of the Mississippi. One of them - Greenville, S.C. - is the hometown of legendary champion cyclist George Hincapie, who served as our Expert for the category, and made the original 20 nominations.

After four weeks of voting by the public, the top 10 winners are:

  1. Davis, Calif.
  2. Fort Collins, Colo.
  3. Minneapolis
  4. Madison, Wis.
  5. Greenville, S.C.
  6. Chattanooga, Tenn.
  7. Tucson
  8. Durango, Colo.
  9. Sacramento
  10. Bend, Ore.

Because Hincapie selected the original 20 nominees, cities landing on that list also have bragging rights. The remaining cities which competed for votes from the bicycle crowd include Ann Arbor, Mich.; Asheville, N.C.; Austin; Boulder, Colo.; Gainesville, Fla.; Malibu, Calif.; Moab, Utah; Park City, Utah; Portland, Ore.; and Tucson.


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