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Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder

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USA Today and its 10Best blog surveyed readers to determine the best cycling cities in the country. Now the results are out, and it's no surprise that Colorado landed two places in the top ten -- but unexpectedly, Boulder, which was among the twenty finalists from which participants could choose, didn't make the cut. Who did? Count down the photo-illustrated rankings below, featuring excerpts from the USA Today blurbs -- and click here to check out the original post.

Number 10: Bend, Oregon

Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder
With a staggering 484 miles of singletrack within an hour drive, riders of all levels can find the perfect trail in Bend (and a good microbrewery for a cold one after)....

Number 9: Sacramento, California

Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder
Sacramento's main claim to cycling fame is its 32-mile American River Parkway bike trail, with plenty of access points to hop on and off to explore the city....

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Number 8: Durango, Colorado

Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder
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....

Number 7: Tucson, Arizona

Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder
The 55-mile car-free Urban Loop, in addition to a whopping 700 miles of bike lanes, makes this college town a favorite with road cyclists....

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Number 6: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder
The Bike Chattanooga Bicycle Transit System features 30 stations spread throughout the city with touchscreen kiosks, making it a breeze for visitors to rent a bike and explore the city....

Number 5: Greenville, South Carolina

Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder
Greenville is "the best place to ride a bike on the east coast," says George Hincapie, renowned competitive cyclist, this category's expert and a Greenville resident....

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Number 4: Madison, Wisconsin

Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder
The city's network of off-street bike paths and on-street lanes make it easy to get practically anywhere on two wheels....

Number 3: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder
The city is super flat -- perfect for leisurely two-wheel touring -- and the convenient Nice Ride bike share program offers a fleet of 1,500 bicycles to residents and visitors of the Twin Cities....

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Number 2: Fort Collins, Colorado

Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder
Fort Collins' 310-mile network of paths and bike lanes, an innovative bike share program started back in 2008, and miles upon miles of mountain biking trails in the surrounding plains and mountains simply add to the appeal of this city....

Number 1: Davis, California

Photos: Ten best U.S. cycling cities list includes two Colorado places -- but not Boulder
Nicknamed "Bike City USA" and the "Bike Capital of America," Davis enjoys bike lanes on 95 percent of its arterial roadways, and a whopping 22 percent of residents commute by bike....

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