Appears to be a good idea
How difficult can it be to plan an event like this?
Two of the larger cities in north America?
By Matt Viser, Globe Staff | May 10, 2007
Forget the image of dozens of elite riders on featherweight bicycles cruising past the Public Garden and through the Back Bay, at least for now.
Saying they lack the money and the time needed to put the race together, organizers of a Montréal- to-Boston bicycle race said yesterday that the event scheduled for August has been put on hold. They hope to hold the race in summer 2008.
The eight-day race, which was being organized by a race director in Montréal, was to begin in Montréal on Aug 5. After a week of stages in Canada, Vermont, and New Hampshire, the riders were to arrive in Boston on the last day.
Daniel Manibal, race director, attributed the postponement to the "logistical complexity" of coordinating the race with officials.
The race was scheduled to be the first international race after the Tour de France, and Boston was hoping the final stage would resemble the one in Paris, where cyclists circle several times around the Champs Elysées.
Hub officials had hope of heavy media coverage and large crowds that would play on Boston's image as a European-friendly city.
Mayor s Thomas M. Menino of Boston and Gérald Tremblay of Montréal issued statements promising the race would eventually go forward. "This event is about much more than a bike race," Menino said. "It's about promoting our tourism, growing our economies, and educating people about both the health benefits of bicycling and the history and culture along the route."