Tour de France 2020

Tour VTT back from the grave?

France's Tour VTT -- the granddaddy of mountain bike stage races -- may be reincarnated next season. The race, which first ran in 1994 and folded after the 1997 event, is organized by the Société du Tour de France; the company is looking at reviving the event in August of 2002, according to comments made on March 8. "There has been a kind of frustration on behalf of mountain bike enthusiasts," declared Jean-François Pescheux, sporting director of the Société. One option being studied is to open the event to the general public, rather than restricting it to elite riders, as was done in

By VeloNews Interactive Wire ServicesCopyright AFP 2001

France’s Tour VTT — the granddaddy of mountain bike stage races — may be reincarnated next season. The race, which first ran in 1994 and folded after the 1997 event, is organized by the Société du Tour de France; the company is looking at reviving the event in August of 2002, according to comments made on March 8.

“There has been a kind of frustration on behalf of mountain bike enthusiasts,” declared Jean-François Pescheux, sporting director of the Société. One option being studied is to open the event to the general public, rather than restricting it to elite riders, as was done in years past.

The Société pulled the plug on the event in the late ’90s because it was a money-loser for the company.

“It is a challenge which we did not give up,” confirmed Philippe Sudres, director of the communication of the organizing company. The final decision on bringing the event back is expected in June.

Copyright AFP 2001