Aqu Sports of Lumberton, NC is holding their press conference now on the Tour of America 2008 stage race across the United States of America. Organizers are planning a 27 stage race from Central Park in New York City on September 6 to San Francisco, California on October 5.
The inaugural Tour of America will pass through 22 states and at least 200 American cities.
The Tour winner will receive $1,000,000, with a total purse of $11,000,000 budgeted for all prizes. The press package lists several back to back stages with insane distances -- on the order of 200 miles or more for several days in a row. The company came out of nowhere, and the man is a total unknown in the world of sports management. I think some skepticism is warranted.
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I say that they make it a team event it has to be unsupported and it gets filmed
4700 miles is a crazy total distance for a stage race so I don't know how realistic this is in light of the current doping problems in cycling. Still, I am hanging on to the hope that this is for real.
I would love to watch that hilly 230 mile stage from Chattanooga to Asheville in person.