In my post-Tour de France haze, I’ve been working through my withdrawal by surfing the web and wishing I could find something – anything, that could possibly fill the void. So far I haven’t had much luck, and I’ve pretty much resigned myself to waiting another year before the world’s best cycling event returns. But thanks to Jeff Doran over at HikinginTheSmokys.blogspot.com, I’ve at least got something to ponder.
In a blog post this morning, Jeff wrote an open letter to Tour Director Christian Prudhomme suggesting that he consider bringing Le Tour to North America, with the justification that the race has already visited 10 other countries, albeit all European nations. He even suggests a possible itinerary, with the Prologue being held in Quebec City in Canada, and Stage 1 being run between Quebec and Montreal. Stage 2 would then jump over to the States and run from Albany to New York City, with the following day being a rest/travel day back to France. Jeff even goes so far as to suggest that the Tour make the jump for the 100th anniversary, which will be run in 2013 as well. He further bolsters his argument by saying that bringing the Tour to North America would increase its popularity in the States, and bring in more fans in the post-Lance Armstrong era.
This is a very compelling case, and as a fan of cycling and the Tour, I’d love to see it here in North America. Heck, I’d probably even try to make the trip to watch it in person myself. Unfortunately, I doubt it would ever happen, as the travel back across the Atlantic to France would probably incite a riot amongst the cyclists who are a touchy bunch as it is. I do think it would be great for the sport, and give the Tour great exposure outside of Europe, and while I support this idea whole heartedly, I think realistically it’ll never happen. Still, it is fun to think about and speculate some. So? Who else would love to see the Tour her in North America?