A cyclist crosses a bridge on a segment of The Loop recreational trail near Oro Valley Marketplace, with North Oracle Road and the Catalina Mountains in the background.

Photo by Doug Kreutz

Tucson received some national recognition last week when USA Today named it one of the 10 best bike cities in the country.

Here's what the publication had to say about the Old Pueblo's bike scene:

"Situated in the lush Sonoran Desert and surrounded by five mountain ranges, Tucson is a favorite city for riders.

Bicycle events here are plentiful, while key rides include those around The Loop, a multi-use trail developed around Tucson/Pima County. The trail connects the Santa Cruz River Park with the Julian Wash Greenway."

To see the rest of the top 10, click here.

Contact reporter Jamar Younger at jyounger@azstarnet.com or 573-4242. On Twitter: @JamarYounger