By VeloNews Interactive
The 2006 Tour de Georgia kicks off on Tuesday in Augusta, and VeloNews.com will be there as North America’s only hors classe (2.HC) professional cycling stage race begins its grueling 600-mile-plus journey toward the finish April 23 in Alpharetta.
The six-day, six-stage race will return to the Georgia host cities of Macon, Fayetteville, Rome, Dalton, Dahlonega, Blairsville/Union County, Brasstown Bald Mountain/Towns County, and Alpharetta. New host cities for 2006 include Chickamauga/Walker County, Cumming/Forsyth County and Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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Race schedule (all times EST):
Stage 1: Tuesday, April 18 – Augusta-Macon
Start – 11:30 a.m. Finish – 4:15-5 p.m.
Stage 2: Wednesday, April 19 – Fayetteville-Rome
Start – 1:30 p.m. Finish – 5:40-6:30 p.m.
Stage 3: Thursday, April 20 – Individual Time Trial-Chickamauga/Walker Co., GA, to Chattanooga, TN
Start – 11 a.m. Finish – 12-2 p.m.
Stage 4: Friday, April 21 – Dalton, GA to Dahlonega, GA
Start – 10:30 a.m. Finish – 3-4 p.m.
Stage 5: Saturday, April 22 – Blairsville/Union Co.-Brasstown Bald Mountain/Towns Co.
Start – 11:30 a.m. Finish – 3:20-4 p.m.
Stage 6: Sunday, April 23 – Cumming/Forsyth Co., Ga. to Alpharetta, Ga.
Start – 12:30 p.m. Finish – 4:45-6 p.m.