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|Tour de Georgia Route Details Announced
Road Atlanta will host one of the most unique events in its long and illustrious history on Thursday, April 24, when the Tour de Georgia presented by AT&T conducts the Team Time Trials stage.
Team Time Trials is a new stage for the Tour de Georgia presented by AT&T. Each of the 15 teams will race separately. All eight team members must start, and five must finish the 10-mile (four lap) race, and the fifth place finisher’s time counts for every member of the team. Thus, teammate is crucial.
The sixth season for this prestigious professional cycling event will include a record 13 Georgia Power Sprint lines and eight United Community Bank King of the Mountain climbs during the seven days of racing, April 21 to 27.
On Monday, April 21, the Tour will begin for the first time on Tybee Island, Ga., located on the coast. The event will move north along the eastern side of the state, entering South Carolina for the first time as part of the Stage 2 finish in Augusta, Ga. State 3 goes from Washington to downtown Gainesville. A 10-mile Team Time Trial at Road Atlanta is also a first and is expected to attract a record crowd for Stage 4. There will be a new route for one the signature mountain stages in the Blue Ridge Mountains before the event finishes with a new circuit course in downtown Atlanta on Sunday, April 27.
“The route this year will continue to challenge the best cyclists in the world over varied terrain, and it will provide thousands of race fans a chance to see many new beautiful parts of Georgia. The Tour de Georgia presented by AT&T has firmly established itself on the international racing calendar as one of the premier tune-up stage races for the Grand Tours of Europe, like the Tour de France. It has also substantiated itself as a showcase event for Georgia tourism and our world-class southern hospitality,” said Chris Aronhalt, managing partner of Medalist Sports and Event Director for the Tour de Georgia. Medalist Sports is responsible for all route planning and race logistics.
The Tour de Georgia presented by AT&T remains one of the highest ranked stage races outside of Europe with a 2.HC rating from the Union Cycliste Internationale (international governing body of cycling), and was the first race in North America to receive this top rating. It is one of 15 races on the 2008 USA Cycling Professional Tour. The event has grown from a five-stage race in 2003 to a seven-stage weeklong contest with 600 miles of racing. Last year the Tour challenged 15 of the top U.S. and ProTour professional teams with its longest route, covering 667 miles.
There is no admission fee to the Tour de Georgia presented by AT&T. Infield Parking at Road Atlanta will be available for $8, and fans are encouraged to bring their bikes to most easily get around to the various vantage points around the 2.54-mile road course.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of important tasks:
if you have questions about volunteering for Stage 4 at Road Atlanta, contact Jacqueline Wilson at email@example.com. The Volunteer sign up form is on the official Tour de Georgia presented by AT&T at www.tourdegeorgia.com.
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