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No Tour of America in 2008

victorponfvictorponf Posts: 1,187
edited April 2008 in Pro race

The Tour of America is a month long cycling race that will commence the Saturday closest to the September 11th and end three weekends later on a Sunday. For the year 2009 the event will begin appropriately on September 5th, 2009 and end on the 27th of September 2009. The event will be 23 days long with 2 days of rest in between. The first day will start from Central Park. The remaining 22 days of races will snake its way through states in our country till we reach one of the many beautiful cities on the West Coast. This would truly be a race across the continent from sea to shining sea. The route taken by the race each year will differ with every single one of the 48 states in the contiguous U.S. being trekked across by the cyclist once every 5 years. All races will be run on local and state roads avoiding any Interstate Highway.

This is a tentative route and subject to change upon city approval:

The breakdown of the stages of the Tour is as follows:
Stage Date Start Finish Miles/Km Cumulative
1 9/05/09 Central Park, NY Philadelphia, PA 122/195.2 122/195.2
2 9/06/09 Philadelphia, PA College Park, MD 135/216 257/411.2
3 9/07/09## Olney, MD Frederick, MD 30/48 287/450.2
4 9/08/09 Winchester, VA Morgantown, WV 139/222.4 426/681.6
5 9/09/09 Fairmont, WV Athens, OH 142/227.2 568/908.8
6 9/10/09 McArthur, OH Cincinnati, OH 125/200 693/1108.8
7 9/11/09# Greenfield, IN Indianapolis, IN 27/43.2 720/1152
8 9/12/09 Casey, IL St. Louis, MO 143/228.8 863/1380.8
9 9/13/09 St. Louis, MO Columbia, MO 134/214.4 997/1595.2
Rest Day 9/14/09 Columbia, MO Denver, CO (via Air)
10 9/15/09* Denver, CO Buena Vista, CO 120/192 1117/1787.2
11 9/16/09* Poncha Springs, CO Pagosa Springs, CO 135/216 1252/2003.2
12 9/17/09 Farmington, NM Gallup, NM 118/188.8 1370/2192
13 9/18/09* Window Rock, AZ Winslow, AZ 125/200 1495/2392
14 9/19/09* Cameron, AZ Williams, AZ 113/180.8 1608/2572.8
15 9/20/09 Kingman, AZ Las Vegas, NV 110/176 1718/2748.8
16 9/21/09# Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas, NV 35/56 1753/2804.8
Rest Day 9/22/09 Las Vegas, NV Barstow, CA
17 9/23/09* Ridgecrest, CA Whitney Portal, CA 92/147.2 1845/2952
18 9/24/09* Big Pine, CA Yosemite, CA 118/188.8 1963/3140.8
19 9/25/09 Harden Flat, CA Sacramento, CA 127/203.2 2090/3344
20 9/26/09# Napa, CA Santa Rosa, CA 40/64 2130/3408
21 9/27/09 Santa Rosa, CA Palo Alto, CA 107/171.2 2237/3579.2

# Time Trials ## Team Time Trial
* Mountain Stages
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  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    May I be the first to boldy predict the 09 edition also won't take place!
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
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  • Philip SPhilip S Posts: 398
    How is September 5th the Saturday closest to September 11th? I'd need to check a calendar to be sure, but my guess is it's 6 days away, so there should be a Saturday closer than that - say one day to the other side?
  • Monty DogMonty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Could somebody please explain why a bike race needs to start on 9/11? Or in this another sign of the creeping-jingoism that means we have to wallow in somebody else's misfortune?
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • drenkromdrenkrom Posts: 1,062
    Who cares what date it's supposed to start if it never actually starts to begin with?
  • OffTheBackAdamOffTheBackAdam Posts: 1,869
    I hope it succeeds. But it'll be a hard slog for the organisors to get the American public interested in it, and it's public interest and associated TV ratings that will make it swim or sink.
    Remember that you are an Englishman and thus have won first prize in the lottery of life.
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