No Armstrong for Gila race

Things got a little difficult for seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong to participate in the 25th Annual SRAM Tour of the Gila bicycle race in Silver City this year. Full Story
TNT

Silver City, NM

#1 Jan 13, 2011
i dont care about any of these clowns in spandex.but what i do care about is how much garbage is left behind along the road when these clowns are done riding.they ride through the gila wilderness and when they are done...garbage all along the road.these spandex clowns also tie up the only roads going in and out of the wilderness preventing residents from coming and going as they please.i think these spandex clowns should go race in and spoil someone elses wilderness.i dont think these bicycles even belong on the road that tax payers pay for.i bet none of the bicycles are registered,licensed,or insured which is required by law to operate on the tax payers roads.go play somewhere else you spandex clowns.
davide

Loveland, CO

#2 Jan 13, 2011
Utter b.s.
For starters the race would not be granted another permit if it did not clean up after itself. That is a stipulation in the permit contract. I have been going to bike races for almost 40 years and all of them have crews that clean up garbage after a race that typically leaves the place better than it was found. Also the racers themselves are very conscious of where they are; its mentioned in the registration materials (if I'm not mistaken).

Also we cyclists pay the same taxes as everyone else. I for one drive a car alot and pay same vehicle and gas tax. Also FYI; no license or insurance is required to ride a bicycle on a public road. Of course we carry are required to carry a drivers license or ID, thats it. I for one will purchase both for my bike should that change ; I say bring it on, I am known to support both. Until then it is not required, so you are wrong on that as well

Also it should be noted that the race has pumped a sizable amount of tourist dollars into your economy over the years. I mean without that race most of us would have never ventured down that way.
So given your penchant for fantasy over truth, I'd say you are the "clown" . Name calling is easy over the internet.
Nah

Santa Fe, NM

#3 Jan 13, 2011
Lance isn't coming cuz the Gila Monster TOASTED him and had him for Brunch 2 years in a row. Burp.
Wang

Salem, OH

#4 Jan 13, 2011
TNT wrote:
i dont care about any of these clowns in spandex.but what i do care about is how much garbage is left behind along the road when these clowns are done riding.they ride through the gila wilderness and when they are done...garbage all along the road.these spandex clowns also tie up the only roads going in and out of the wilderness preventing residents from coming and going as they please.i think these spandex clowns should go race in and spoil someone elses wilderness.i dont think these bicycles even belong on the road that tax payers pay for.i bet none of the bicycles are registered,licensed,or insured which is required by law to operate on the tax payers roads.go play somewhere else you spandex clowns.
Looks like the only garbage isn't along the side of roads. Get it? Probably not.
New Mexico Native

Auburn, IN

#5 Jan 13, 2011
TNT shares the opinion of a very small minority in Grant County who always have something to bitch about. As the old saying goes, "you can please some of the people some of the time but you can't please all of the people all of the time."

As a native of Grant County I can tell you that a majority of people look forward to the races every year. They provide great entertainment for the community. In addition, the fact that the race has grown over the years is a testament to the fact that not only is it a worthwhile race but it is also beautiful country to ride in. Thus, many cyclists are compelled to come back at other times to see what else the area has to offer. As for the trash, here is what I can and will say, most cyclists are very environmentally conscious. I find it hard to believe that they would litter the very roads they ride on. For one it's unsafe and for two it's unsightly. With regard to the clogged roads, it's also a known fact that the whole downtown area is IMPOSSIBLE to get through during 4th of July festivities, yet no one complains about that. Everyone just finds an alternate route.

To the many cyclists who come, I say WELCOME! BIENVENIDOS! and rest assured that a majority of us are proud to call this place our home. We are always happy to see new faces. The monetary incentive you provide is icing on the cake!
Newby to Silver

United States

#6 Jan 13, 2011
TNT is worried about the garbage on the road. I clean up beer cans and fast food wrappers on my street 3 times a month left by people that have live here.

The race organization cleans the roads prior to the race to impress the competitors from all over the country and then they send out crews to clean it up after the race as to not offend locals. I can tell you that all the roads are left cleaner than they were before the riders came through.
joe

Silver City, NM

#7 Jan 13, 2011
i guess tnt is more worried about the hoopla hoop of not so toilet trained spectators who hang around those events rather than the self conscious riders themselves
i mean i constantly see beer cans and kfc wrappings trashing the road up to ghs ...
and who need those tourists anyhow ...not me!
joe

Silver City, NM

#8 Jan 13, 2011
...and its the only 'accessible' public road to the ghs and its inhabitant... so keep it that way
Observer

United States

#9 Jan 14, 2011
Road bikers need to learn to share the road with traffic; they can ride single file not 2-4 wide blocking the highway. This is a relief to me and Im glad there will be less bikers in town.
New Mexico Native

Auburn, IN

#10 Jan 14, 2011
Observer wrote:
Road bikers need to learn to share the road with traffic; they can ride single file not 2-4 wide blocking the highway. This is a relief to me and Im glad there will be less bikers in town.
Have you ever tried riding single file in a race?
joe

Silver City, NM

#11 Jan 14, 2011
New Mexico Native wrote:
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Have you ever tried riding single file in a race?
'have you ever' been a hood ornament?
country boy

Silver City, NM

#12 Jan 14, 2011
The Tour of the Gila has become a storied event for Silver City and Grant County. It has a great history and a dedicated bunch of local bike racing enthusiasts who work year-round planning the next event. Each year, it brings in hundreds visitors, including racers, chase crews, and spectators. Many of our businesses benefit from the additional patrons, and so do our local governments from additional taxes collected on sales.

Sure, we are all somewhat inconvenienced for a couple of days each year, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. I am not a bicyclist, nor do I actively follow the racing results from year to year, but I know a good thing when I see it.
JAMES

Albuquerque, NM

#13 Jan 14, 2011
Cry Cry Cry, yes its a pain for a few days but its good for SC. God people it seems most here in SC would complain if I gave them a gold bar, yes its worth alot but you would complain its TOO heavy!!

YOU FUC@ING CRY BABIES SHOULD MOVE TO THE GOHST TOWN OF MOGOLLON, MAYBE YOU BE HAPPY THERE. I DOUBT IT !!
New Mexico Native

Auburn, IN

#14 Jan 15, 2011
JAMES wrote:
Cry Cry Cry, yes its a pain for a few days but its good for SC. God people it seems most here in SC would complain if I gave them a gold bar, yes its worth alot but you would complain its TOO heavy!!
YOU FUC@ING CRY BABIES SHOULD MOVE TO THE GOHST TOWN OF MOGOLLON, MAYBE YOU BE HAPPY THERE. I DOUBT IT !!
I agree whole-heartedly. Then again there's hunting around Mogollon...I'm sure that would be an "inconvenience" as well. LOL. These people will bitch about anything.

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