When thinking of promoting and having a stage race, it takes sponsorship, major planning, years of building, and governing bodies (USAC, UCI, and maybe CCA) blessings/cooperation. When I think of sponsorship, I think of how many defunct teams, bike races, and even big tours there are. My personal favorite and home state race, The Tour of Georgia, had major backing for several years, but was pulled as sponsorship moved out and promoters moved on to other races. The TDG was in its prime and drawing larger teams each year, as well as bringing riders that became grand tour GC contenders and even winners of key competitions within those races. With all due respect those other tours that the promoters moved on to have become some of America’s biggest bike races. I believe the main promoter, Medalist Sports, simply put their money elsewhere and pitched for bigger racing in other events. When thinking of the planning of America’s Grand tour, the promoting company that picks it up has all the know how to produce a class act event for the top level of cycling in the world. That has been proven with major business successes like the Tour of California, The Pro Cycling Challenge, and Grand Prix Cyclistes of Canada. The years of building the race to get the major teams to the event can happen within two or three years and with big time money in the pot they will come. Finally, the governing bodies over North America and what would they think of it? I believe only the UCI might have an issue with it, and only because of the possible down play of the Grand Tours of Europe. USAC and CCA would love to build cycling in North America to that Grand Tour notoriety and history building.
Who knows this may be able to happen. If the Giro is in spring, The Tour De France in July, and the Vuelta in early fall, I think Late fall (early October) could be the only time it could happen. The only place in North America with good weather then is the south eastern United States. We have the mountain passes of the Appalachian range and the awesome flats of Florida and South Georgia. The south east has plenty of cycling fans and commerce. Again, I am not sure of the logistics of a possible Grand Tour in North America and even if cycling fans would embrace another Grand Tour. I do think it would be great to see stages of a North American Grand tour going over the Brooklyn Bridge , past the White house, or some the other awesome land marks in America.
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