By VeloNews Interactive
The post-Tour de France criterium on the streets of Manhattan has been canceled, according to an announcement issued by the promoters. On Tuesday, Threshold Sports announced that the New York City Cycling Championship, scheduled for August 2, will not be held this year, stating that it had been “rescheduled from August, 2001, to August, 2002.” The text of the announcement follows:
In order to better meet planning and timing needs of key sponsors and thereby ensure a truly world class event, the First Annual New York City Professional Cycling Championship has been rescheduled from August, 2001, to August, 2002.
Every indication is that, with more leadtime, this will be an enormously successful event which will establish New York as a major professional cycling venue. Lance Armstrong has assured us that he will compete next year and our relationships with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, WABC-TV, MarComm Partners and Rubenstein Associates remain firmly in place with all parties fully committed to making the 2002 event even better than originally anticipated. The administration of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani continues to support this event.
Planning is well underway to launch a multi-faceted fund-raising initiative for Memorial Sloan Kettering, provide live coverage of the race on WABC-TV and create some unique marketing partnerships among interested sponsors. Over the next several months we will be scheduling meetings with all parties to finalize these details.
We regret any inconvenience, but we are committed to organizing a top quality – a New York quality – event, and realize that time constraints would not make that possible.