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Old 04-20-06, 02:20 PM   #1
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TdG Stage 4 mini-Blog

- Tennessee had a huge crowd today. That indicates that the poor attendance in GA is more a promotion/marketing issue. NOT the absence of Lance. In fact, the crowd that hung around under threatening clouds today for the Awards Ceremony was bigger than the ones that lingered for Lance. Chattanooga promoted the heck out of this event today. It showed.

- We can conclude that Time Trials (though painful to ride) can be exciting to watch. When Danielson came through with a new best time, it was amazing! Then Floyd came through with a new NEW best time. Holy crap! It was awesome!

Let the mountains begin.

- Floyd Landis is the race leader. He thoroughly enjoys being the in the limelight. He handles it with grace and class. Very cool to see.
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That's good for Chattanooga and cycling in the States in general.

I like the ITT's. I think it is because the viewing public gets to see every rider pass by whereas on a team stage run the "wad" passes by in a blur...and it's over.

Go sit on top of Fort mountain tommorrow just north of Elijay for some good action.

Wish I could be there. Go Floyd!

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Old 04-20-06, 06:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for the updates EventServices. We just arrived in Dalton about 3 hours ago and are planning to watch the start here tomorrow, head north to tour the Litespeed factory, and then back down to watch the climb up BB on Saturday. The weather is not looking very cooperative... storms are going to move through tomorrow and Saturday morning. We drove through a lot of lightning and rain on the drive down from Ohio today. As I type this from our hotel room the thunder and lightning is on going. At least it is warm.
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Am I the only one looking forward to a nasty Saturday atop Brasstown Bald?
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Am I the only one looking forward to a nasty Saturday atop Brasstown Bald?
maybe the worst of the weather will happen in the morning....
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Reprinted w/o permission from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

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Expansion into Tennessee is winner

By BILL SANDERS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/21/06

Chattanooga - There's something chic and big-thinking about expanding the Tour de Georgia outside the state.

Kind of reminds you of another bike race that goes outside of its namesake borders, right?

Stage 3's individual time trial of the Tour de Georgia finished in Chattanooga on Thursday, much to the delight of just about everyone. Even though Chattanooga is a mere stone's throw from the state line - and it is as accessible to downtown Atlanta as Augusta, Dahlonega and various other tour stops - it is in Tennessee.

And for race planners that's important.

That other bike race of course is the Tour de France, which winds through Belgium, Spain and other countries. Tour de Georgia race director Jim Burrell would be lying if he said he didn't think about that when he expanded into Tennessee.

"Chattanooga is a big market for our sponsors," Burrell said. "They've anxiously pursued us for a couple of years. Last year they submitted a plan, and we just couldn't make it happen. This year we could. I think there will be a big crowd there.

"And hey, the Tour de France goes outside of France, so why not."

The finish line, at Chattanooga's Riverwalk, was within sight of the Tennessee Aquarium and right beside a big green park. Even on an overcast day such as Thursday, the area looked the part.

Stage winner Floyd Landis was impressed with the turnout and challenged by the 24.8-mile course.

"It's much harder than last year's [time trial] in Rome," he said. "I like it here, it's nice and the crowds were great, but this course was hard. I don't particularly like climbing this much in time trials. They've certainly made it challenging on us.

"We'll see how we hold up for [Saturday's climbing stage] I think [Friday] will be OK."

Tom Danielson, last year's overall winner, said the length of Thursday's time trial was the hardest thing.

"It's definitely the longest time trial I've ever done," he said. "I liked Chattanooga though, I think. I saw it cross-eyed, seeing two of everything."

Danielson then asked the crowd if there was good fishing in Chattanooga. He was reminded that he was next door to the Tennessee Aquarium.

"Maybe I'll go fishing there," he joked.

Up and down the town's streets, it was hard not to notice little lanes on the right side of the road, beckoning bike riders to leave their cars at home.

Still, neither Wednesday at lunch nor Thursday were many cyclists seen, outside of Tour riders.

Candace Davis, a spokeswoman from the Convention and Visitors Bureau, said they had received tons of calls preceding Thursday's event - a sign that Chattanooga was ready to embrace the race.

"The Tour was impressed with the route up here," Davis said. "It's pretty, and difficult, right through Lookout Mountain. Plus, with all the open area here, there's so much space for spectators."

Threatening skies probably kept the crowd down a little, Davis said.
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- Tennessee had a huge crowd today. That indicates that the poor attendance in GA is more a promotion/marketing issue. NOT the absence of Lance. In fact, the crowd that hung around under threatening clouds today for the Awards Ceremony was bigger than the ones that lingered for Lance. Chattanooga promoted the heck out of this event today. It showed.
As a native Georgian I feel almost traitorous saying this but maybe it's time to expand the tour permanently. I would love to see a Savannah to Charleston stage or maybe a mountain stage through Great Smokey Mountain National Park.
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Let the cities who actively pursue and promote the race have the stages. Chatanooga sounds like it was a rockin' time. Other cities should take note. If the race survives for decades to come, hopefully cities will look at the TdG and see that it is an incredible opportunity to promote their economics, culture, and civic pride. Getting a stage of the TdG should be a reward for those communities.

Oh yeah, +1 on racing into the Smokeys or into surrounding states on occassion.
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Asheville, NC - Ellijay, GA that would be awesome, of course it's 153 miles though.

It was awesome to see 3 Americans on the podium for the time trial.
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Wow! I don't think i'm going to descend like Vogels on my TT bike with a disc
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Way to be Fast Freddie!!

Typical modern peloton.... catch the breakaway a few kms before the line.... poor Jason McCartney....
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