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by Mark Zalewski
March 4, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Yohann Gene wins fifth stage of La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, takes lead; From indoor superstar to cobbled spring races: Talking to Zwift Academy winner Leah Thorvilson; Valverde to miss Paris-Nice due to illness; Cancellara has Strade Bianche section named for him; Large quantities of corticosteroid triamcinolone ordered by Richard Freeman; Sagan says all or nothing with disc brakes; Virginia Commonwealth Classic race cancelled; Government support for Reading 120 race in question; SRAM-Fox Factory litigation costs mounting; Mysterious toilet plungers protecting cyclists; Video: Mavic #lesangjaune; Street Transformations – Manhattan’s Chrystie Street protected lane; Season X. Reflection.
A letter sent to race organisers and local municipalities by the Berks County commissioners said it is withdrawing logistical support, including use of deputy sheriffs and the county department of emergency services, for the Reading 120 race in Pennsylvania, a UCI 2.1 event.
The letter said it had lost faith in race promoter John Eustice, a long time promoter in the region. Eustice told the Reading Eagle that he was shocked by the letter. Commissioners cited logistical issues as well as delays in payment as rationale for sending the letter. As well they said it was unclear if Eustice had the financial backing needed to run the event this year, scheduled for 9 September.
“I, for one, am uncomfortable with John orchestrating a race,” Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt said. “He’s filled with empty promises. John seems to be running the race and figuring out the details later. That is the big issue.”
“This is an international event,” Eustice said. “It’s like having the Rose Bowl or the Golden Gloves boxing championships in Reading, Pa. I’m really sorry the commissioner found it necessary to bad mouth me.”
Reading Mayor Wally Scott seems to be on Eustice’s side. “We’ll find the money,” Scott said. “We’ll make it work. The bike race is a very positive event and really showcases the city in a favorable light.”
Click through to read more at the Reading Eagle.