Championship week has arrived in REI’s 2013 Cycling Town Showdown, and we want to hear from you.
The 8-city bracket tournament, REI’s wholly unscientific way to determine which U.S. city is the country’s best biking town, has been narrowed down to a fantastic four. No Cinderellas here; just urban biking heavyweights. Top seeds. Heavy hitters.
Next up: a pair of semifinal matches today and Tuesday, both likely to be hotly contested affairs. After that, we begin the final throwdown on Wednesday between the 2 finalists. (Update: We earlier reported the finals would involve 2 days of voting. Voting in the finals will occur on April 3 only.)
You and your friends are invited to weigh in: Cast your vote by naming your preferred city as a comment on REI’s Facebook page.
Semifinal rounds feature Seattle-Portland (Monday), Minneapolis-Denver (Tuesday).
Minneapolis vs. Denver (Tuesday)
Minneapolis is a past No. 1 in Bicycling’s annual poll and stands at No. 2 spot in the 2012 list. Judging by the outpouring of support from REI voters—Minneapolis simply hammered New York City in the first round by an eye-bugging score of 550-9—the guess here that MSP looms as this tournament’s favorite to win it all.