It seemed in the summer of 2012 that American cycling had passed its nadir. Lance Armstrong and scores of other prominent American cyclists of the last decade had admitted to doping and all news coverage of the sport revolved around illicit drugs. The future looked grim.
But in the same 2012 when all hell seemed to break loose for cycling’s old guard, there was a renaissance of new talent. We witnessed evidence of this rebirth firsthand at the 2013 USA Pro Challenge, a seven-day, seven-stage epic that wound its way through 573 miles of Colorado.