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PRESS RELEASE – Professional Bicycle Racing Pit-Stops At Lime Rock Park

TORRINGTON, CT (April 15, 2004) - Situated in scenic northwesternConnecticut, Lime Rock Park is recognized and revered for its scenic beautyand its place in motor-sports history.  As of May 20th, at 12:00 noon,professional cyclists will descend on this hallowed racing ground and itmay never be the same again.Lime Rock Park will host the 2nd leg of the second annual Tour of Connecticutwith a 50K circuit race on the 1.53 Miles (2.45 K) road racing course. An international field of professional cyclists and invited Category 1&2 cyclists will compete in a fast a furious race.  Cyclists will takea

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TORRINGTON, CT (April 15, 2004) – Situated in scenic northwesternConnecticut, Lime Rock Park is recognized and revered for its scenic beautyand its place in motor-sports history.  As of May 20th, at 12:00 noon,professional cyclists will descend on this hallowed racing ground and itmay never be the same again.Lime Rock Park will host the 2nd leg of the second annual Tour of Connecticutwith a 50K circuit race on the 1.53 Miles (2.45 K) road racing course. An international field of professional cyclists and invited Category 1&2 cyclists will compete in a fast a furious race.  Cyclists will takea little over 20 laps around the historic track in about an hour, averagingspeeds around 30mph.  The event is free to the public and directionscan be found at:  www.limerock.com.  Bring your lunch and enjoythe competition!“We look forward to hosting a stage of the Tour of Connecticut and hopethe cycling community and general spectators enjoys the experience,” LimeRock Park General Manager Michael Johnson said. “We also hope this eventbecomes the launching point for the track to host more cycling events inthe future.”Cycling and car racing are very similar regarding tactics, team playand who’s “got the legs” to win that day.  Teams work for the teammatemost likely to win by drafting for him, blocking other teams, and generallyallowing him to use less energy during the race in order to have more powerat the finish.  Like car racing, drafting along with speed may bethe most important aspect.  A cyclist can save up to 30% of his energydrafting; you’ll see teammates taking turns at the head of a peleton (agroup of riders) drafting for their leader.Another important aspect of racing both bikes and cars is the mentalenergy.  Concentration of the cyclist to catch moves in the peleton,being aware of another competitor’s strengths and weaknesses, health andexperience goes a long way into winning or losing a race.“Fans will be amazed at how fast these guys go and how dramatic bicycleracing is,” explained John Eustice, Race Director.  “The cyclistswill have the advantage of racing on a track that holds their tires, whichcould create some additional play-making.”Lime Rock’s historic road course has challenged the world’s best sportscar drivers since 1957, and will present several unique twists for theTour of Connecticut cyclists, including the Big Bend turn at the end ofthe 2,400-foot front straightaway, the left- and-right-hand combinationof the Esses, and the high-speed downhill turn that leads into the mainstraight.Since it opened, Lime Rock has played host to nearly every great roadracing driver, car and series, establishing a rich tradition as The RoadRacing Center of the East.
 
Lime Rock is one of the busiest racing facilities in North Americawith more than 215 events per year that draw nearly 350,000 people annually.The track rests on 325 acres of rolling Berkshire-foothills that createa natural amphitheater, delivering a truly unparalleled experience forviewing the top-notch cycling at the Tour of Connecticut. Lime Rock istruly a park and fans are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs andview the racing from the grassy spectator hillsides.The Tour of Connecticut will be televised on Connecticut’s UPN stationWCTX & ABC’s WTNH.  It will also be videocast internationallyon ARIA TV SPORTS an internet-based channel that delivers high qualitysports programming across the net:  www.ariatv.com. The final stageof the TOC, the Housatonic Classic, will be broadcast live on WLAD-AM80Radio.The race is presented by North West Connecticut Convention and VisitorsBureau, Land Rover, the Housatonic Valley Sports Organizing Committee,Council of Elected Officials and Economic Development Partnership and Mavic.The Tour of Connecticut is produced by Sparta Cycling of New York City. Sparta Cycling, Inc. is one of America’s top cycling event promoters thatdesigns and implements world-class cycling events based on strong communityinvolvement. Sparta properties include the Tour of Connecticut, the HousatonicValley Classic and the Univest Grand Prix.


The 2004 Tour of Connecticut May 16th – 23rdOverview:  
The 2004 Tour of Connecticut brings international professional cyclingto the towns and cities of Connecticut.  With the speed and colorof a day at the Tour de France, the race has proven to be the best preparationground for teams on the hunt for the USPRO cycling championship in Philadelphiain early June.   Pros and Cat 1&2 cyclists will compete.
 
Schedule:
May 16th Road Race in Litchfield 208K Start: 11:20 Additional Racesfor Amateur Category 2/3 and Masters 35+
May 20th Circuit race on the Lime Rock racing track 50K  Start:12:00
May 21st Criterium in New Haven 50K  Start:  6:00p
May 22nd Waterbury 80K  Start:  11:30 (Juniors); 12:45 (Pros)
May 23rd Housatonic Valley Classic 160K  Start:  1:00
 
Special Events:   Cycling Expo
 
Purse:   $20,000
 
Classifications
5 jerseys will be awarded:
Leader – Tour of Connecticut yellow
Climber – Belimo Air Controls polka dot
Under-23 (U-23) – Aria TV Sports
First Amateur – Chanler Lewis
 
Media Partners:   WTNH – ABC and WCTX- UPN; Internationalcoverage on ARIA TV SPORTS an internet television channel
 
2004 Sponsors :   The race is presented by North WestConnecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau, Land Rover, the HousatonicValley Sports Organizing Committee, Council of Elected Officials and EconomicDevelopment Partnership and Mavic.
 
Tour of Connecticut   Now in its second year, the Tourgrew out of the original Housatonic Valley Classic first established in2001 and the permanent site of the final stage of the Tour. The TOC is350 miles of racing held over five days, and involving 25 Connecticut townsand cities. Community festivals and events are held wherever the Tour goes. The TOC is presented by the Housatonic Valley Sports Organizing Committee,WTNH -ABC & WCTX – UPN, ARIA TV SPORTS, Land Rover, Housatonic ValleyCouncil of Elected Officials and Economic Development Partnership and theNorth West Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau. It is produced bySparta Cycling.  The TOC is a National Calendar event and is sanctionedby USA Cycling, the national governing body for cycling in the U.S. Log on to www.tourofct.com for further information.
 For more information, visit:
www.tourofct.com
www.spartacycling.com
www.limerock.com