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Las Vegas is well known as the land of the ridiculous and the press conference for the recently announced Tour of America held true to this.

Talk of a new race first came out during the Interbike show that took place this week. But with wild claims of a bigger event than the Tour de France coming from a group that few in the sport had heard of, the idea of a Tour of America wasn't being taken seriously.

A press conference held on Thursday (Sept 27) did little to convince people that this was a genuine event to be added to the cycling calendar. It has no UCI sanction, and the race director has never organised a cycling event before.

Below is the supposed outline of the race.

Date: Sept 6 2008 ? Oct 5 2008

27 stages

30 days (three rest days)

4,500 miles

225 riders

25 teams

$30m budget

$11m prize money

$1m first prize

Start ? New York, Finish San Fransisco

Six mountain stages

Four time trials (including prologue to finish at Ground Zero)

13 stages over 200 miles

Four stages over 250 miles

And it wasn?t even April 1st.


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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.