Mayor Steve Bach announced Wednesday that he was pulling general fund support for the proposed Tour of Colorado Springs cycling event in 2012.
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The Pro Cycling Challenge drew more than 1 million spectators and harvested $83.5 million in economic impact and no, that can’t be compared directly to this race, BUT professional riders come with sag wagons and a team, hence the expected numbers of people.
Professional races come with spectators, hence the numbers. 22% of spectators at the Pro Cycling Race came from outside the state and 94% of attendees surveyed said they planned to return for next year’s race.
161 countries watched the race on TV and NBC broadcast 25 hours of coverage. No, this race is not that big, but the impact of keeping us on the tour schedules is an ongoing impact.
This fool mayor thinks cyclist are all lib’ruls so doesn’t want to support this even if it makes business sense, which any FOOL can see it does. Councilman Leigh alone certainly dispels the bigotry that all cyclists are li’bruls.