Wednesday, May 03, 2006

It's about time

Thanks to the time that The Great El-ahrairah spent in France during his LDS Church mission and being married to a French citizen, I have a great appreciation for one of the world's annual sporting events, the Tour de France.

Having followed the Tour for many years and actually seen the tour on numerous occasions, I have often thought that the Great State of Utah would be a perfect place to host a bicycle race a la Tour de France. Thru the miracle of sports sponsorship, my wish is coming true: The Tour of Utah will be held in August. What makes Utah "this is the place" for a cycling event? The Tour de France is won almost every year, not by the cyclist who is the fastest on flat terrain (the sprinters), but by the cyclist who can climb the mountains and what do we have in Utah? Anyone? Bueller? That's right, mountains! Although the Tour of Utah is only in it's second year, with the right kind of sponsorship, it could become one of the big bicycle races in the world. You will know that we have hit the big time when the big teams like Discovery start fielding a team because "anyone can climb L'Alpe d'Huez, but Little Cottonwood Canyon? That's a ball buster."


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