Bad news shook the world of bicycle racing in the United States, and helped to shake up the world arena. Tour of California, the only WorldTour event in the land of Uncle Sam, has been announced absent for 2020 later. It is also possible, the race will be lost forever.
For 14 years, the Tour of California has become the most prestigious event in America. Both for male and female races. Later, this race even rose to the status of “WorldTour.” The only highest level race in the country.
Big names have had success here. For example Peter Sagan, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Tejay van Garderen, Egan Bernal, and finally Tadej Pogacar.
Now, the ranks of American professionals must languish. Since this is the end of 2019, it is almost impossible to have a replacement race next year.
Not specifically explained why, but financial problems seem to be the main reason. “This is a very tough decision to make. However, the fundamentals of the Tour of California business have changed since we launched this race 14 years ago, “said Kristin Klein, president of the Tour of California and executive vice president of AEG Sports.
Klein continued, while “resting” in 2020, he would conduct a more thorough evaluation. Look for ways so that this race can be launched again in 2021.
With the absence of the Tour of California, the most prestigious race in America now rests on the Tour of Utah. Even though the level is not WorldTour, the race is still considered prestigious as well as challenging. Because it is held in a mountainous area with a spectacular view.
In America, lately indeed the road race competitions continue to have difficulty developing. The large cost of closing the road is said to be one of the main obstacles. On the other hand, the sport of cycling continues to grow, as evidenced by the mushrooming and soaring mass participation events. Like Dirty Kanza.
With this fact, the federation there (USA Cycling), really must do a special movement. How to care for the remaining contests. This is not easy. Because in America, sporting events are usually 100 percent private, without any money from the government.