USA Cycling’s Comeback Kids

S800c_WH_front34r_lo_1.highTejay Van Garderen takes time out for the next generation of youth cyclists. Photo: Jen Charrette

By Jennifer Charrette

When the USA Pro Cycling Challenge wrapped up in Colorado, one million spectators had lined the streets from Durango to Denver. It went down as the biggest single-day crowd in the history of U.S. cycling. The seven-day, 683-mile stage race through Colorado, which drew 138 pro riders from around the world, also heralded a long-overdue emergence of young American cyclists, which, given the recent implosion of our most infamous homegrown star, couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

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