The organizers of the proposed Tour of America road race, have revised both the dates and route of the event which is scheduled for September next year.
The press conference announcing the event at the Interbike show in
- Race shortened to 21 stages
- Total distance approximately 3,500 km
- Event to run from September 6-28, 2008
Frank Arokiasamy, Aqu's president, said of the original Interbike announcement: "The overwhelming response showed there was an interest and a need for a Tour de France-style race here in the United States. Based on the feedback from everyone, we realized our first plans were perhaps too ambitious and that the original race schedule didn't fit within standard racing protocols. [So] we've modified the race schedule and route to its current form."
Aqu Inc say the 2008 Tour of America will be the largest spectator event in the history of
"Our goal is to make this race happen in September 2008," said Arokiasamy . "There is a lot to accomplish between now and then. With help and cooperation of host cities, racers, bicycle racing enthusiasts and potential sponsors, we can make it happen. The
The Tour of America is scheduled to start in New York's Central Park and finish in Palo Alto, Calif. You can see full, proposed race schedule here.