If we think of cycling in america as being a mob controlled by five families Colorado is one of the older, but waning, powers. They used to have a serious mafia there – USA Cycling in Colorado Springs, 7-11 in Boulder, and the Red Zinger/Coors Classic, and the entity that would become VeloNews. But that has all vanished – ProTeams have drifted to California, efforts to revive a stage race are only just coming to fruition, and VeloNews just doesn’t feel awesome anymore when you can read any one of 50 other sights about pro cycling in Europe and a handfull of beter ones about pro cycling in the states.
If anything Colorado is going to loose even more of its luster. USA Cycling would bail on Colorado Springs in a second if they weren’t getting free office space (or some crazy stupid deal), a drug scandal rocked the local Boulder cycling scene this summer, and VeloNews…well, they have good distribution for their print magazine. Good luck with that! They are one step away from becoming Bicycling Magazine. Their editorial policies must be something like… If Lance was there go with that; if somebody tested positive, put it at the bottom of the page; if it was an American try to find a good “innocence” angle, and see if you can get a quote from Lance. Keep up the good work!
They only thing they have going for them is the Quizno’s Tour and what seems more precarious than a major one week tour in the US? And what will happen to the race if Novitsky’s investigation into Armstrong gets more serious? The Quizno Tour built their race on his back!
People will still move to Boulder and Colorado for the outdoor lifestyle and strong cycling community but their power broker days are coming to a close. It’s a land of good training rides, and no races. Who wants that?
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