There will be a new race in town next year:
The Tour of Pennsylvania:
The USA Cycling-sanctioned tour will begin with a Prologue Time Trial in Philadelphia and cover approximately 500 miles over six days (June 24-29, 2008), with finish-line events in Valley Forge, Harrisburg, Bedford and the Laurel Highlands, and a race grand finale in Pittsburgh to help celebrate the southwestern Pennsylvania region’s 250th anniversary. A total of $250,000 will be awarded in stage prizes, overall general classification and special competitions – the world’s largest-ever prize for U25 riders.
Winding through Pennsylvania from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, 120 cyclists (under the age of 25) from around the world will race approximately 500 miles over six days in June 2008. The tour is sanctioned by USA Cycling and will feature future stars of the Olympics and Tour de France. The race offers the world’s largest total purse ($250,000) for young cyclists and will be televised around the world. The tour is sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters and Highmark Healthy High 5 and organized by Tour of PA, LLC, a partnership between ISM-USA of Pittsburgh and Pro Cycling Tour, LLC of Norristown.