We laughed, we mocked, we were incredulous, but the indomitable spirit of bike racing doesn't give up. The organizers of the insanely ambitious Tour of America announced they still plan to hold a coast-to-coast race in September 2008, but they've decided to cut down the distance and stages.
"We realized our first plans were perhaps too ambitious and that the original race schedule didn't fit within standard racing protocols," said race organizer Frank Arokiasamy. They've decided to cut the race down to 21 stages and 2,200 miles, beginning in New York's Central Park and winding across 18 states before finishing up in Palo Alto, California. Read more at VeloNews.
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The caps come off when there's not enough bar tape left over and tucked into the bars. If you do the wrapping yourself, leave a bit extra (though you'll probably end up less at the top of the bars) and if mechanics do it, you can take out a cap and wrap the part that goes into your bars with electrical tape.
Instead, I like to take corks from nice bottles of wine I have when traveling or with friends and use those instead.