New York is no stranger when it comes to hosting cycling events. From the 1890s to present, it has seen its share of unforgettable races. This year’s Tour de New York aims to be a benchmark for the future tours of the city.
The Tour de New York began in 2004 as a one-day criterium. In 2007, it progressed to become a UCI event. 2008 saw the Tour blossom into a three-day race with nearly 60,000 people witnessing the occasion. However, due to the global economic crisis, the organizers had to suspend the Tour until now.
2010 Tour de New York will start on August 7 in Rochester then a time trial at Lake Ontario on August 8. August 9-12 will be for the four road stages with an 80 mile to 115 mile course. The routes are still being finalized but will most likely end in New York’s west side.
Todd Scheske, race director, points out that they want the Tour de New York to be different from the Tour of California or the Tour de France. Having the riders begin in one central location and go back to it at the end of the race is one of the event’s goals to avoid mimicry of other tours.
With Mayor Robert Duffy’s support as well as the rest of the city of Rochester, Scheske added that this UCI 2.2 race is another step to change the city’s profile as being a B-league town into an A-league town.
With the cycling calendar full of activities, not all top riders can join the Tour, however, recommendations and invitations have been sent to other low level teams. Pro Tour team Fuji-Servetto already showed their interest and other teams abroad as well.
The organizers are hard at work in the promotion of the event and hopes that elevating it to UCI 2.1 can become a reality. For more details on the Tour de New York 2010, visit Tourdenewyork.com.