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Old 02-02-05, 04:13 PM   #1
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Tour de Georgia - back in Rome!

My hometown scores big again as we land the Time Trial again!

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Old 02-02-05, 04:30 PM   #2
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Going by the map, they seem to only be racing in Northern Georgia the majority of the race. The furthest south they go is Macon and only one stage goes further south than the Northern top 3rd of the state, the first stage. They even skip Savannah and go nowhere near the Atlantic Ocean.

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Old 02-02-05, 08:05 PM   #3
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Savannah was not friendly to the TdG in 2003.
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Maybe, but Columbus and Pine Mountain was friendly in 2004. Oh well, maybe next year.
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It makes sense when you consider a couple of things.

They really want to go up Brasstown Bald in the NE part of the state. Well, due to the length of the race, this precludes them from venturing too far south. The organization caught a lot of grief for including too many lengthy car transfers between stages (which is unfair when you consider that they literally threw the route together with less then 80 days to spare in 04). To prevent those long car transfers (driving long distance from one finishing town to the next starting town), they have to keep it as compact as possible.

They hod no choice but to go back to Alpharetta after that City received an award for having the best Special Event in Georgia.

Because of the revenue the race brings to host cities, there are a lot of cities begging for the right to host the race, but terrain and distance dictates a lot of it.
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Maybe, but Columbus and Pine Mountain was friendly in 2004. Oh well, maybe next year.
I get to watch the local news from Savannah, GA. The gubbernet there is one giant cluster f**k. They won't do anything unless you line thier pockets. The crime rate is horrible. The schools are on probation, and that doesn't look like it will improve.(Wouldn't it suck to go to school for 13 years and your diploma not be worth the paper it's printed on?) I understand why the organizers would pass over SAV.
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Augusta gets the start, man I missed it last year. 2003 it was great to see the start and some mighty zippy sprints!
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Hey, any good camping (my popup) in the area around dalton or dahlonega. Im coming from Wisconsin, so most likely stay north. Any campgrounds specific. I have found some private, but wouldnt mind hitting a state park. thanks
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I like this one - the views are stunning.

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well they could have done perhaps a Brunswick to Macon leg or Columbus to Albany or something and dropped one of the THREE stages that are in the same part of the state criss-crossing each other. I just like when something is called Tour De Something, they include more of the state. There isn't any excuse why to exclude the entire southern half of the state unless they want to keep the race out of the poorer regions of Georgia. They might as well as call this the North Georgia Mountain Tour.
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well they could have done perhaps a Brunswick to Macon leg or Columbus to Albany or something and dropped one of the THREE stages that are in the same part of the state criss-crossing each other. I just like when something is called Tour De Something, they include more of the state. There isn't any excuse why to exclude the entire southern half of the state unless they want to keep the race out of the poorer regions of Georgia. They might as well as call this the North Georgia Mountain Tour.
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