The O. Zone

Show some love for the USA Pro Challenge

By David O. Williams
Real AspenNovember 1, 2012

Need a brand-new, $3,500 bike frame? And, really, who in their right mind can answer no to that question?

Then you need to enter the 2012 Cyclingnews Reader Poll contest. Just filling out the simple form online qualifies you to win a Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL4 OSBB frameset, courtesy of and autographed by the Omega Pharma-Quickstep team.

While you're at it, show some love for what we all know is the "Best Stage Race" in the world, the USA Pro Challenge.

The second-year Colorado tour, which included pivotal stages in Aspen in 2011 and 2012, again drew more than 1 million fans and revived some of the old Coors Classic stages, proving definitively that Americans do love cycling and that Colorado is the epicenter of the gear-head world.

Even as the Lance Armstrong debacle broke during this year's USAPC, the top young American riders like Boulder's own Taylor Phinney and Tejay van Garderen (along with grizzled old stalwarts like Jens Voigt and his epic breakaway over Independence Pass) showed us that the future of the sport remains bright (and hopefully much cleaner).

However, it will take some serious online love for the USAPC to beat out the Tour de France (which is now without a winner from 1999 to 2005). So vote early and vote often in the Cycling News poll by clicking here.

The contest closes on Nov. 23.

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