Pro Cycling Coming to Canada

In the last year, I’ve become a big road cycling fan.  I bought my first road bike a little over a year ago and have been following the sport pretty closely.

I credit my best friend, along with Lance Armstrong’s return to the sport in 2009, with the push I needed to pay attention.  I’m glad I did.

In a couple of weeks, the greatness that is professional cycling is coming to Canada.  For the first time ever, a UCI ProTour event is being held in North America: Sept 10 in Quebec City and Sept 12 in Montreal.

All the ProTeams (including Team RadioShack with Lance) will be there.

Racers on the preliminary list include:

George Hincapie

Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack)
Robert Gesnick (Rabobank)
George Hincapie (BMC)A
lessandro Ballan (BMC)
Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions, Canadian)
Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
Sandy Casar (FDJ)
Ivan Basso (Liguigas) – 2-time Giro winner
Damiano Cunego (Lampre)
Thomas Voeckler (BBox)

I’m planning on getting out to Montreal for the second race.  Here’s the route – any suggestions where to plant myself for the best view?

If you’re into professional cycling – get out to Montreal – and support the race.  This is a huge deal for Canadian cycling.

David Coletto is CEO of Abacus Data and leads its Public Affairs research practice. He has a PhD from the University of Calgary and is an adjunct professor at Carleton University.

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