Armstrong won't race at Tour of Gila

Armstrong won't race at Tour of Gila

There are 10 comments on the Silver City Sun-News story from Apr 28, 2009, titled Armstrong won't race at Tour of Gila. In it, Silver City Sun-News reports that:

Just as locals were buzzing about seeing Lance Armstrong in a New Mexico bike race, organizers blamed what they called a rarely enforced International Cycling Federation rule for spoiling the party.

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TPM

Silver City, NM

#1 Apr 28, 2009
So so sorry to hear this news. Along with Navopache Electic not having electricity for businesses in Glenwood tomarrow and not to mention the poor quality of the roads that NMDOT District one (Cliff Patrol Supervisor)provides; one can only conclude that tourism is not appreciated in Grant and Catron County. Shame on the state employee and electric co-op.
An observer

United States

#2 Apr 28, 2009
TPM wrote:
So so sorry to hear this news. Along with Navopache Electic not having electricity for businesses in Glenwood tomarrow and not to mention the poor quality of the roads that NMDOT District one (Cliff Patrol Supervisor)provides; one can only conclude that tourism is not appreciated in Grant and Catron County. Shame on the state employee and electric co-op.
I agree to an extent with your observations regarding the NMDOT and the electric co-op. How unfortunate for the bike race.
Paul

Tucson, AZ

#3 Apr 28, 2009
Very sad. Indicative of a sport that continues to shoot itself in the foot. And we wonder why races are disappearing. UCI arbitary rule book wins again...cycling loses..
elkstine

Silver City, NM

#4 Apr 28, 2009
Actually Lance is recovering from an injury, broken coller bone I believe. He would stand to make way more money if he heals properly and races the big races all over the world. This would be nothing more then an exercise for him.
Micrguy

Tom Bean, TX

#5 Apr 28, 2009
According to Velonews, Lance and his team are already in Silver City, they got a last minute approval to race.

Used to live in SC and raced the TOG 4 times. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever imagine that two Tour de France winners would be competing in little ol' Silver City.
not exactly

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Apr 28, 2009
ABQ Journal is reporting that NOW- He will race!
Bart Mortensen

Westminster, CO

#7 Apr 28, 2009
It appears, at least in Salt Lake and Denver newspapers, that this decision has turned 180 degrees. Sounds like he will be there.
Cheryl Medina

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Apr 28, 2009
Even though the racers like to come to Silver City for their event, I fail to see how they generate alot of cash for us. For the most part, they stay in private homes instead of paying for a room. Their hosts feed them, so they don't frequent the restaurants.

Our part of the country is beautiful and I don't mind sharing a part of it with them, if they will remember to share our roads with us. They never stop at a red light or stop sign and ride 2,3,4 abreast and wonder why I am aggrivated when I cannot even get to work without their inconvenience. They look at us as if we are encroaching on them when in reality it is the other way around
Wont

Raleigh, NC

#9 Apr 28, 2009
Cheryl Medina wrote:
Even though the racers like to come to Silver City for their event, I fail to see how they generate alot of cash for us. For the most part, they stay in private homes instead of paying for a room. Their hosts feed them, so they don't frequent the restaurants.
Our part of the country is beautiful and I don't mind sharing a part of it with them, if they will remember to share our roads with us. They never stop at a red light or stop sign and ride 2,3,4 abreast and wonder why I am aggrivated when I cannot even get to work without their inconvenience. They look at us as if we are encroaching on them when in reality it is the other way around
This is the age old complaint of intolerant and the self-presumed entitled drivers. Do you complain about other's (farming vehicles, elderly driving 20 mph, etc.) who also travel 'your' roads? Do you always come to a complete stop at stop signs and lights?
Micrguy

Tom Bean, TX

#10 Apr 28, 2009
Cheryl Medina wrote:
Even though the racers like to come to Silver City for their event, I fail to see how they generate alot of cash for us. For the most part, they stay in private homes instead of paying for a room. Their hosts feed them, so they don't frequent the restaurants.
Our part of the country is beautiful and I don't mind sharing a part of it with them, if they will remember to share our roads with us. They never stop at a red light or stop sign and ride 2,3,4 abreast and wonder why I am aggrivated when I cannot even get to work without their inconvenience. They look at us as if we are encroaching on them when in reality it is the other way around
The Tour of the Gila is probably the best publicity that Silver City can get. With the inclusion of Lance Armstrong this year, Silver City will be getting international coverage for this years race. I used to live in Silver City and there is no way that a group of cyclists can slow anyone down on the way to work. It only takes about two minutes to drive from one side of town to the other.

As far as contributing to the local economy, I always seem to remember that the good restaurants were standing room only during the TOG, the grocery stores sell a lot of fresh produce and the hotels sell a lot of rooms.

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