More than time to start the weekly recaps no? How about some race news today.
Good news for Tour of Missouri. According to the Support the Tour of Missouri group, “The Senate Appropriations Committee discussed funding for the 2010 Tour of Missouri in a hearing Tuesday, and the Senate is on track to support funding for the 2010 Tour as approved by the Missouri House on March 25th.”
The 2.2 race is scheduled August 31 – September 6, 2010 and is one of three HC races in the United States, with the Amgen Tour of California and Philadelphia International Championship.
What’s next? Wait for the final budget bill to be officially passed in the first week of May and then hustle. In previous years, host cities of the tour were known at this time and local organizing committees were in full flight for many activities such as fundraising, recruitment of volunteers.
The race became a tug of war between its main champion Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon as the state faced a budget crisis. Money for the event was provided by the state’s tourism budget the last three years with Kinder its biggest advocate.
In 2009, according to the Associated Press, only $1.344 million of the race’s $3.5 million budget came from corporate sponsors. This year organizers were asking $1 million, a third less that what was appropriated last year.
Simply put the race needed legislative approval for funding to continue.
A special campaign, Support the Tour of Missouri, was launched to solicit support for the race and fans were asked to contact appropriate state legislators, the Governor’s office and/or donate funds.
On March 25, full Tour of Missouri funding was included in the budget passed by the Missouri House and was sent to the senate for approval. Tuesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to retain the same language with regards to Tour funding that the House already passed.
Fitchburg-Longsjo Classic rolls out fund drive. Fighting the touch economic environment, the organizers launched the “50 for Fifty” sponsorship program for the race going into its 51st year. The goal is to sell ﬁfty $250 sponsorships over the next month, and to secure other donations. Businesses or organizations can select the year they’d like to sponsor.
Executive Director Ed Collier says numerous businesses supported the pro/am cycling competition during its early years. However, over the last decade, he said, the race has relied on fewer, but much larger, donations. “It’s our goal to get as many people as possible invested in the race—through sponsorships or volunteering.” More info here
Tour of New York. According to the Daily News Online, the race is not completely solidified but the organizers hope that “within 30 to 45 days we’ll have some pretty good news. We have some companies that are interested.”
The Tour de New York is a 6-day professional cycling stage race in Upstate New York on August 2010. Originally planned for last year, it was canceled due to the bad economy.
The race would start with the Rochester Twilight Criterium on Saturday, August 7 followed by a 10-mile Individual Time Trial on August 8 at the Port of Rochester in Charlotte. According to the website, the third stage would start at Bristol Mountain Ski Resortm, make its way through Letchworth State Park to finish in the village of Warsaw,
The remaining stages include a circuit race in the Bloomfield area, and a race from Honeoye to Rochester.
Lastly, a recap on the NRC and Women’s Prestige Series Standings.
With one event completed for the NRC, Ben Day (Fly V Australia) and Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (HTC-Columbia) have taken the early leads in the standings with 298 and 304 points respectively. Jelly Belly p/b Kenda sits atop the elite men’s team standings with 448 points and HTC Columbia leads the women’s team standings with 488 points. Next race for the men is the Dana Point Grand Prix this Sunday.
Ina-Yoko Teutenberg (Individual and Sprinter), Mara Abbott (Best Young Rider) and Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 (Team) lead the Women’s Prestige Cycling Series following the first of four events on the 2010 schedule.