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Tour of America Van

As seen outside my hotel room in Statesboro, Georgia.

Tour of America: Shorter, still ridiculous

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27 stages becomes 21 and 4000+ miles becomes 2200+, but Aqu Sports is still a bit off the deep end in hope to pull of a "Tour of America" as soon as September of 2008. The shortened route includes some ambitious transfers: multiple 100mi+ hops plus Columbia, MO to Denver, CO on a rest day. Part of the attraction of the Tour of California/Georgia/Missouri for international teams is that they are well organized; Aqu Sports' first and second volleys leave plenty of doubt -- and their Web site still needs a professional writer. Of course, Aqu seems to want to close the gap with a $10M purse.

I'm excited that they chose Palo Alto, CA as the finishing city, but it seems a bit silly to me that a Tour of America would spend five days in California and two days in Missouri, visiting many of the same cities. Perhaps they are hoping that these cities would be easier to signup?

The Tour of America

Tour of America?

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A company called Aqu Inc has announced a three-week, 22-state Tour of America. I thought this was a hoax when I first caught wind of this. The current Web site is hosted on 'waninggibbous.com' and the text on the Web site is poor and full of errors:

The most famous cyclist in the world is still Lance Armstrong an American. Unfortunately there is not a large enough cycling event in this country worthy of assembling the worlds best talents most of whom are Americans. Isn't it time to bring such an event to this vast country so Americans in this country can experience and admire close up the amazing talents and achievements of our own.

The organizers are planning a route twice the distance of the any current Grand Tour and they want to run it in September, when riders not competing in the Vuelta are spinning down their legs. They also want to run up against the Tour of Missouri, which gets them into trouble with Medalist Sports. Although the Tour of Missouri is a new event without much traction yet, Medalist also organizes the Tour de Georgia, the Tour of California, and USA Cycling Pro championships.Update: 'InTheKnow' says that the ToM will not be taking place in September next year (see comments)

A million dollar prize for the overall winner and an eleven-million-dollar prize budget could sway things in their favor, but I'll believe it when I start seeing some teams sign up.

VeloNews is reporting this, though they too seem a bit skeptical.