Is there a city in America that attracts pro and or aspiring Cyclists?
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    Is there a city in America that attracts pro and or aspiring Cyclists?

    Is there a city in America that attracts pro and or aspiring Cyclists?

    if there is i want to move there and get my training on with the best!

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    Boulder, CO
    Durango, CO
    Bend, OR
    San Diego, CA
    Los Angles, CA
    Austin, TX

    To name a few...Not sure about the east coast.

    Basically any place that has year round or near year round riding, lots of climbing and some elevation if possible.
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    Santa Barbara, Santa Yenz too

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    Boulder CO, and Colorado Springs CO

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    Lots of pros and aspiring pros in Colorado Springs. Check out the 10am rides from downtown (Tejon and Bijou) on Sat and Sun. Probably the toughest thing has been adjusting to the 6000+ ft elevation since moving here in July.

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    Levi lives here in Santa Rosa

    http://www.levisgranfondo.com/

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    Tuscon/Scottsdale, AZ and (surprisingly) Iowa City

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    Trexlertown, PA (and environs).
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    In the winter months, there's more pros per capita in Tucson, AZ

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    Tucson AZ. Check out Fairwheel Bike's Shootout. Arguably the toughest winter group ride in the country. Tuesdays morning ride is no joke either.

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    Boulder in the warmer months, somewhere like the French Riviera or the Costa Blanca in southeast Spain in the winter. Also keep in mind Girona, Spain. I mean, if you are going to train with the pros, might as well go whole hog and move to Europe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seven Wonder
    Tucson AZ. Check out Fairwheel Bike's Shootout. Arguably the toughest winter group ride in the country. Tuesdays morning ride is no joke either.
    Tuscon has an awesome cycling scene.

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    East Coast don't forget about NYC. Hincapie came from the local scene here and tons a super strong riders.

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    San Diego...went for ride on coast yesterday...literally 100s of cyclists, teams etc... Anywhere you have year round outdoor cycling weather will produce top cyclists I believe. If Lance was from Minnesota, we may not know his name

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    Boulder & Colorado Springs for sure.

    Salt Lake City has been attracting a lot of cyclists lately as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk
    San Diego...went for ride on coast yesterday...literally 100s of cyclists, teams etc... Anywhere you have year round outdoor cycling weather will produce top cyclists I believe. If Lance was from Minnesota, we may not know his name

    Yeah, the whole North Dakota thing really kept Andy Hampsten down.


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    Levi lives here in Santa Rosa

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    Does he train there in the winter? I'd think too much rain- especially this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DM.Aelis
    Yeah, the whole North Dakota thing really kept Andy Hampsten down.


    Rolling eyes huh? Pretty rude..

    Simple fact smart guy... Where there is more sun, there is typically more physical activity. Simple math...simple odds. People do win the lottery too. Andy is a stud and didn't let crappy weather keep him from his dreams, like many do I am sure. YOUR STATE of N. Dakota ranks at number 46 out of 50 for cycling friendly states. Ouch. You are new to cycling, so I should cut you some slack I guess...

    In reference to the OP, which I think threads are supposed to be about, N. Dakota would be a horrible recommendation for many reasons. Poor weather, drivers not used to seeing cyclists, lack of clubs/teams, exposure, events, races etc etc You would not actually recommend an aspiring cyclist to move to N. Dakota now would you??

    How many potentially great cyclists are out there that never got into the sport simply because the weather/environment was not conducive to fun outdoor training rides year round? I am sure there ARE SOME....Lance COULD HAVE BEEN one of them. Lance got his start in triathlons....were you aware of this? At the time, I don't believe N. Dakota was a mecca for triathletes either now was it??

    You should bring up the whole Jamaican bobsled team too while you are stating the obvious... The reason they were such a big deal is because the broke free from the norm....they certainly were not your TYPICAL bobsled team....much like Andy is not your TYPICAL American pro cyclist.

    Now go google some more pro names that came from states with less desireable weather for us all....thanks.
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    Tucson

    I moved to Tucson, AZ from Baton Rouge, LA in the spring of 2005 just for the cycling. It was great and the "shootout" was killer. Ralph, owner of Freewheel cycles, is a great guy. The 26 mile climb to the top of Mt. Lemmon was a gas, but the trip back down was even gasssssier. I would still be living there if the economy would not have busted. I couldn't get a job anywhere so I had to move back to Loserana. The only motivating factor here is the fear of being eaten alive by the misquitos. I would move back to Tucson tomorrow if I could.

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    I just left Tucson and still work for Ralph and Fairwheel bikes. Tucson is a great place to go and train if you already have connections and the contract you want for the year. It's a bad place to make connections and progress your career though. Very little industry and actual teams around there.

    Your best bets are SoCal if you want to live there year round. Nor Cal if you don't mind going to SoCal to train. East Coast (Boston or NY, Empire cycling is a good amaeture feeder team as is bikereg.com) if you don't mind going to Tucson or SoCal to train. Colorado is good to but you need to leave for the winter.

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    I think subsequent postings have shown the OP is a bit of dreamer, but regarding "where to live" to be an aspiring domestic pro cyclist, here's my thoughts.

    In the racing season the most important place to live is the cheapest place. If that means at home with the parents, or sponging off the GF so be it. For a national-level cat 1 there will be enough travel and racing that the location is not super critical but of course being near a big hub for ease of flying is important. Also the home base region needs to have enough racing to sustain the season when one is not racing big races. But one could easily live in Ohio or Illinois and be fine. Or the mid-Atlantic region.

    For the winter months, the best plan is to get to a warm weather destination. Arizona, So Cal, Georgia, Southern Carolina, Texas (works for this dude in Austin), or New Mexico. But again, the best option is a warm place where one can live cheaply. The time and commitment needed to get to where a pro team might have a look at a rider almost guarantees very little time to work and have a secondary life, so being able to live on the cheap is very important.

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