Lots of us followed the Tour de France when Lance was doing his thing and gettin' it done over in France. Now that Lance is not racing anymore, the Tour de France seems so far removed.
If you're still a bike race fan, but want to support something a little closer to home then maybe you should check out The Tour Of Pennsylvania, June 24-29th, 2008. (I know it seems way in the future, but I am excited to spread the news about it). This is a six-day stage race televised around the world and covering more than 450 miles of Pennsylvania’s rolling hills and city streets. 20 teams of six riders each, from the United States and around the world will compete in the race. What makes this race different from any other ol' bike race? The Tour de PA is for up-and-coming riders under the age of 25. I'm psyched to watch the race and see the up and comers in biking. Who knows, maybe we'll even spot the next Lance?
My bet on the most difficult part of the race? Biking past the Hershey factory, with the eminent smell of chocolate, and not wanting to get off your bike and indulge. Maybe that's just me though.