Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Tour de Toona is Here Again

My favorite sufferfest is almost here – the Tour de Toona starts on Monday! This stage race in Pennsylvania lasts seven days and there is something for everyone: climbers, sprinters, all-arounders, and teams. The courses are huge loops, superbly marshaled by literally hundreds of dedicated volunteers, many of whom take a week’s vacation from work just to volunteer at the race. Altoona is the one race where women and men race the same distances for the same prize money (and the one race that doesn’t follow the law of the inverse relationship between the difficulty of a race and how much money you can win). All of a sudden I realize I have been racing forever (good thing I love the journey, right?), and have a bunch of stories that could be fun, maybe even informative.

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