DENVER, May 11, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ –
During the summer of 2012, Denver cements its reputation as one of the nation’s best bike cities, thanks to a Tour de France-style pro-cycling event, a pioneering bike-sharing program, and 850 miles of bike trails.
In honor of May’s National Bike Month, here are the top 10 reasons why Denver is one of the best cities to ride a bike:
1) Denver B-cycleIntroduced in April 2010, Denver’s B-cycle is the first large-scale, citywide bike-sharing program in the nation. It’s easy, cheap, and fun. More than 500 shiny red bikes are available at 50-plus stations around town. Swipe a credit card for the $8 daily pass and hop on board to start exploring Denver’s 850 miles of paved, off-street bike trails. All rides under 30 minutes are free; rides of one hour are just a dollar. Pick up a bike at one station and drop it at another – stations are conveniently located throughout the city near hotels and attractions. Check out some great B-cycle rides.
2) USA Pro Challenge Aug. 20 – 26, Final stage in Denver Aug. 26Hold on to your handlebars! The second annual USA Pro Challenge will be even bigger and better in 2012. “America’s Race” will visit a total of 12 official host cities over the course of the seven-day race, kicking off in Durango and once again finishing near the Colorado State Capitol Building in Downtown Denver. For seven consecutive days, 135 of the world’s top cyclists will speed across 518 miles in the majestic Rockies on a challenging course through some of America’s most beautiful scenery. Last year, more than one million spectators viewed the race from the road while 161 countries and territories broadcasted the race on television making the USA Pro Challenge one of the largest cycling events in U.S. history.
New this year: Once again, the race will finish in Denver, but this year, the final day will be an individual time trial, which will keep fans holding their breath as cyclists race to an overall victory. Fans in Denver will have multiple opportunities to cheer for any given rider with the benefit of both start line access along the traditional team “pit row” and the thrilling finish line excitement.
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