Triathlete’s Best Places To Live 2011

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  • Published Sep 16, 2011

Fort Collins, Colorado

Categorized as: Off the radar
Population: 143,986
Median Home Price: $264,290

The Scene: If Boulder is the sparkling gem for triathletes in Colorado, Fort Collins is a diamond in the rough. Home to Colorado State University, the cycling scene has been hot here for years, but the tri community is finally catching up.

The Selling Points:
With 29 miles of bike trails and the annual Fort Collins Cycling Festival showcasing competitive bike racing, it’s hard to find an excuse not to ride here—or a group to ride with. Areas like the Horsetooth Reservoir and Lory State Park offer shaded trails, while you can ride along interstate I-25 for miles in a bike lane. And the dozens of local microbreweries in town (earning Fort Collins the nickname “The Napa Valley of Beer”) give you even more of a reason to work up a thirst.

The Snags: Faced with budget cuts, last year Fort Collins’ Poudre School District laid off 139 full-time employees.

Local Flavor: Check out the much-loved New Belgium Brewery (, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale. But reserve a tour early—it’s so popular that spots fill up a month in advance.

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