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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.
The new UCI 2.1 stage race planned for Virginia in late August will not run this year due to a lack of sponsorship. The event was proposed by RPM Events, a company formed last year to produce both the Virginia race and the new Colorado Classic. That race is happening as planned as organisers have been able to secure sponsorship, as well as an entertainment component for an additional revenue stream.
“The Colorado event developed much more quickly than the Virginia event did,” Commonwealth Classic Executive Director Tim Miller told Cyclingnews. Miller, the COO of RPM Events, formed the group with Colorado businessmen Ken Gart, Chairman, and CEO David Koff.
“We weren’t making the progress in Virginia, and ultimately those guys had to make a business decision based on what was best for the business and what was best for the investors. A decision was made to cancel or postpone the Virginia event. I wouldn’t characterise it as taking money from Virginia and pouring it into Colorado.”
Miller, who was COO of the Richmond UCI Road World Championships in 2015, said multiple reasons forced the cancellation, including a short timeline to start a brand new event and a changing political climate in Richmond, the capital.
He said that while there is a core group of people that will try to make the event happen in 2018, he will not be leading it.
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