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If You could make a new "Tour Of" race in the U.S. where would it be?

Old 04-18-07, 05:37 PM
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If You could make a new "Tour Of" race in the U.S. where would it be?

Where do you think would be the best place for a new tour in the U.S.?

Personally, I'd do a multi-state "belt" of the U.S. starting in California and going down and across to Mass. It'd go through 14 states, making it a 2 week race.
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I think I'd stick to the NE. End in Times Square in NYC. Hit some nice climbs in NH, VT, MA (Berkshires). Ride along the coast in ME. Beautiful scenery, nice older towns wih narrow streets, etc.
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Tour of the Rockies. There just isn't enough climbing in stage racing. And yes, I know why it will never happen (too remote = no crowds; sport is all about the sprinters/TT specialists). For a tour that would fit into the current stage race paradigm, I would probably agree with squidly -- New England, either in spring or fall.
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I'm happy enough with this one: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/
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Virginia/Maryland/Pennsylvania area. Plenty of flat stages and plenty of climbing. Also very pretty.

There could be a Southeastern race starting in Tennessee, heading to the Appalachians then swinging down to the coastal areas before heading back to say, Chattanooga. A larger version of the Tour de Georgia.

Coors Classic hit Hawaii, California, and Colorado. They could revive that. Even had a time trial in Boulder.
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Tour of Mississippi.
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Tour de Detroit !!!
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Yeah, my first thought was a Tour of New England-ish...a little stop in new hampshire for a ride around Mt. Washington, cruise around the finger lakes in NY, stopin Burlington for some fresh smoke.
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Originally Posted by ILUVUK
stopin Burlington for some fresh smoke.
I resemble that remark!

I'd say a tour of NE would be great. Bad roads. Crappy weather. lots of climbing.
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Originally Posted by bbattle
Virginia/Maryland/Pennsylvania area.
I don't think anyone could stand watching them stuck in traffic on the beltway...
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I agree with the person who said PA. The hilly areas, poconos etc, of PA are so beautiful and what better spot to end than the Liberty Bell or art museum where the winner has to pick up the bike and do a rocky to the top of the stairs!

Now that's classy!
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Originally Posted by DXchulo
I'm happy enough with this one: https://www.raceacrossamerica.org/
Yeah, but I'd kinda like to see a Tour Day America
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Originally Posted by bbattle
Virginia/Maryland/Pennsylvania area. Plenty of flat stages and plenty of climbing. Also very pretty.

There could be a Southeastern race starting in Tennessee, heading to the Appalachians then swinging down to the coastal areas before heading back to say, Chattanooga. A larger version of the Tour de Georgia.

Coors Classic hit Hawaii, California, and Colorado. They could revive that. Even had a time trial in Boulder.
I was going to say Tour of COlorado!

But Ohio thru Pennsylvania on to Maryland/DC may not be a bad idea.
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Old 04-18-07, 06:46 PM
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I would like to see the Tour of California expand to eastern California. The mountains there are way more interesting than the rolling hills of western California.
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Washington has pretty varied terrain (coast, desert, mountain passes). Unfortunately the weather is iffy until the European season is already in full swing. At least in Seattle it's not consistently nice riding weather until Giro time (not that it stops me from riding, but a downpour tends to keep spectators away).
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I live 5 minutes from the town that holds the "Tour De 'Toona" in Altoona, Pa. It's fun to watch, and fun to work as a volunteer. Stretches out over a week...hopefully it'll continue to get bigger and they'll add more stages and make it longer.
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It would be the Tour De Bay Area..! It would start off in Oakland, crossing the Bay Bridge, through San Francisco, crossing the Golden Gate, thru Sausalito then continue on thru the mountains... then.....
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Tour De Burgh'

I would love to see yinz bikers cruzin' round da' burgh here. We could race from heinz fild dahn to da golden triangle, maybe up mt. warshingtn' too. yinz know
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Originally Posted by bbattle
Virginia/Maryland/Pennsylvania area. Plenty of flat stages and plenty of climbing. Also very pretty.
+1. Beautiful mountains and patchwork farmland.
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Tour of Hawaii where mountain top finishes could send you into a pit of sulferous magma. Maybe some 'cross style beach stages??

Seriously, Colorado would be cool for the mountain stuff, but the Northeast would be realistic for population density, terrain, beauty etc.
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Originally Posted by donrhummy
Where do you think would be the best place for a new tour in the U.S.?

Personally, I'd do a multi-state "belt" of the U.S. starting in California and going down and across to Mass. It'd go through 14 states, making it a 2 week race.
Jersey. Tour de Jersey. A stage each in Camden, Trenton, and Newark. I'd go to each stage...I think it would be fun for everybody.
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the tour of ALL of california.
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