What do you guys think? I think Messick is being a bit too optimistic, I don't foresee next years field to be anything like previous years. Granted that you'll get a nice field of big name American riders, but in terms of big names...it's gonna go down drastically.
And while we are on the subject of California, or the US for that matter...maybe I'm not looking good enough, but why is the US so into crits? Seems like every local race I look into is a criterium
Some american teams and riders will be in CA. First tier Euro teams will be at the Giro, 1 of the three 'grand tours' in the world today. Some continental teams from Europe will be there also but only if they can't get an invite to the Giro.
TV? Most are going to watch the Giro, I know I will. If he thinks this 'tour' will be a serious competitor to the Giro, a race that has been followed religiously for almost a CENTURY by the center of cycling(Europe) he is nutz...
Crits are the cheapest to put on, better spectator sports for non tifosi.