has this press release about a North Carolina company that wants to start a grand tour in the US.
In its release, the company said it expects the race will be "the largest spectator event in the history of U.S. sports, covering approximately 4000 miles (more than 6000 km) from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean."
Organizers of the tentative 30-day, 27-stage race expect to invite "25 of the most elite cycling teams in the world and will boast a prize purse currently pegged at $11 million, the largest purse of any international cycling event."
Sounds cool enough. They also provide a link to this "preliminary site
" for the tour and mention the official site www.aqusports.com that will be "made available after Thursday's press conference".
Interesting to me is the route on the preliminary site. One of the stages start here in STL and ends in Carbondale, IL which is roughly 5 miles from my home town. The next day starts in Carbondale, IL and finishes in Nashville, TN.
Stage 6 - 9/12/08 Indianapolis, IN to St Louis, MO
Stage 7 - 9/13/08 St Louis, MO to Carbondale, IL
Stage 8 - 9/14/08 Carbondale, IL to Nashville, TN
Lots of racing to be seen within a just a couple of hours of STL. Dope.