With the Tour of Missouri spiked, there’s a window opening in the August-September time frame, and among those said to be planning to dive through it are Gov. Bill Ritter, Medalist Sports and some carpetbagger from Texas who likes hanging out in Aspen when he’s not falling off his bike in France. An official announcement is expected next week.
I’m told that the players are calling their project, in casual conversation at least, the “Tour of Colorado.” Thing is, there already is a Tour of Colorado, a series that’s in its third season. Sand Creek Sports honcho Andy Bohlmann owns the name — he says he registered a trade name in 2005 with the state of Colorado and has sought to trademark it — and the domain name as well. Andy says further discussions of financial recompense have yet to bear fruit; I’ve not rung up the Medalist guys, reasoning that if they won’t talk to VeloNews about the matter, they sure as shit won’t talk to me. But Andy and I are old pals.
Andy and his family have put on a lot of races around here over the years, on road and off, and if they’ve become insanely rich from doing so I have yet to see any evidence of it. So while I’m as happy as any velo-weenie at the thought of top-level road racing returning to Colorado after all these years, I hope these big dogs don’t piss all over a grass-roots guy in the process of making it happen.
More as it develops.