A Grand Tour stage in the US? Wouldn’t that be great? Seeing the best riders in their best form competing on US soil. On top of that, having them compete on the East Coast, in my back yard.
Each time I read this story, I pause for a moment and let the feelings wash over me. I always wanted to see the Giro. Who would have thought I could see it via Amtrak vs. Continental Airlines? The possibilities. We could top London as the best place to launch a Grand Tour.
Then in the blink of an eye, reality sets in and those feelings are washed away. What are they crazy? A 3,500 – 4,000 mile transfer across multiple time zones?
Well, cycling news is the latest to report that the RCS Sport is looking to start the 2012 Giro in Washington DC. Thanks for the thought fellas but let’s think of the racers. I don’t think having the Tour of California and the Giro both running simultaneously in the US is a smart idea. Let it go. There is a danger that if you talk about a topic long enough, you begin to believe it is possible.
Then again, remember Live Aid a few years ago? Phil Collins played on two continents on the same day. Maybe Lance can race in two UCI races on the same day. Think of the publicity. He rides the prologue, which could be held at a private airport, then he climbs aboard Air Lance and jets to the West Coast. Brilliant!