AT&T’s $500K rescues financially ailing Tour de Ga.

Wed, 04/04/2007 - 3:47pm
By: Cal Beverly

AT&T to become major sponsor of Tour de Georgia; North America’s highest rated race to criss-cross state beginning April 16 in PTC

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue announced April 4 that AT&T will contribute $500,000 to become a major sponsor of the Tour de Georgia, which will be held the week of April 16-22.

The race — which had earlier lost its major financial sponsor, Ford Motor Co. — starts in Peachtree City.

“I am very pleased that our newest corporate citizen is continuing the long legacy of civic participation established by BellSouth and Cingular Wireless,” Gov. Perdue said. “I have met with representatives from the new AT&T and remain convinced the company will continue to have a tremendous impact on our state’s economy for decades to come.”

This year’s Tour de Georgia marks the fifth year for the race, and the first year the race has been lengthened from six to seven days.

The 2007 Tour de Georgia will cover 667 miles, making it the longest in the history of the event, and one of the longest professional stage races in the U.S. this year.

Previous winners include some of the major stars of the sport, including two previous winners that went on to capture the Tour de France title that same year, Lance Armstrong in 2004 and Floyd Landis in 2006.

“It is an honor to make this contribution to the Tour de Georgia, one of the great international cycling events,” said AT&T Georgia President Sylvia Anderson. “AT&T is committed to the state of Georgia and our communities. I believe this event will further showcase to the rest of the world our great state, our people and our culture. I want to thank Governor Perdue and the General Assembly for their leadership and commitment to economic development and tourism, which this great event will certainly contribute.”

The Tour de Georgia ( is North America’s premier, professional cycling event and rolling festival. Shining the world’s spotlight on the state of Georgia each spring, this international event is an annual, multi-day, professional cycling stage race that draws the most elite cyclists and showcases one-of-a-kind towns and terrain of the Southeast.

Sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and USA Cycling (USAC), the Tour de Georgia has a 2.Hors Classe rating, making the event one of the top-ranked stage races in the world.

The schedule for this year’s race is as follows:

Stage 1 - Peachtree City to Macon - April 16

Stage 2 - Thomaston to Rome - April 17

Stage 3 - Rome to Chattanooga, TN- April 18

Stage 4 - Chickamauga/Walker Co. to Lookout Mountain - April 19

Stage 5 - Dalton to Brasstown Bald/Towns Co. - April 20

Stage 6 - Lake Lanier Islands/Hall Co. to Stone Mountain Park - April 21

Stage 7 - Atlanta (77-mile circuit race) - April 22

Since 2003 The Tour de Georgia has drawn 2.3 million spectators and generated direct economic impact to the Georgia economy that has totaled over $121 million. In 2006 alone, the Tour generated a direct economic impact of $26 million to the state economy.

The Tour de Georgia’s primary charitable beneficiary is the Georgia Cancer Coalition. Proceeds from the Tour have totaled over $150,000 and go directly to the Georgia Cancer Coalition’s Cancer Research Fund for research grants in the state.

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Submitted by Morocco Mole on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 11:05am.

If this is, “one of the great international cycling events,” as AT&T Georgia President Sylvia Anderson has proclaimed it to be then why hasn’t anybody else stepped up to sponsor this event? I think I can answer this one by saying that most people gave up riding a bike by the time they were 13 and never thought about riding a bike again. And I’m sure most companies know this also. And why sponsor an event that only a few people even care about? I can’t see why. And it has been my experience from talking with other people that just about everyone perceives a cyclist on the road as a nuisance. And why have your company associated with a “sport” that most people could care less about? I guess most companies have a marketing department that has done their homework about cyclist, unlike AT&T. It’s like someone told me one time about cyclist; the only people who like cyclist are other cyclist.

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Submitted by Xaymaca on Sun, 04/08/2007 - 2:10am.

I think you might be surprised by the amount of potential cyclists in your town. The main problem that I have seen in Fayette county (excluding Peachtree City) is that there have not been many places to ride a bike. My first week as a resident in Ga and I darn near got ran off the road. I am so happy they are building paths in Fayetteville now.
Cycling is a low impact aerobic exercise that has many benefits. It sometimes seems like people here are more interested in riding around in cars, trucks and golf carts than doing any exercise at all. Well, that all catches up to a person eventually. Spandex? who cares?

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Submitted by Enigma on Sun, 04/08/2007 - 6:22am.

And productive too. Bike riding - not so much, huh?

As for the grown men in spandex, it ranks right up there with hairy backed fat men in thongs on the beach.

If it doesn't have a motor - give it to the kids to play with. Eye-wink

basmati to Myword_Mark: "I wouldn't go as far as to call you a "pedophile"...
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Submitted by playfair on Mon, 04/09/2007 - 6:06pm.

to we women, as when it's covering these lean, muscular athletes in bike races. As far as hairy backed fat men, I saw more then I cared to at the one and only Nascar race I attended. You sound like an overweight, jealous keyboard potato.

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Submitted by Xaymaca on Mon, 04/09/2007 - 1:58pm.

Yeah, I have to admit, not everyone should be wearing spandex but as a rider I know there are definite benefits. Most decent bike shorts have PADDING where you really need it the most. Smiling Trust me after riding 20 plus miles you will start feeling saddle sore without the right gear.

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Submitted by Enigma on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 6:03pm.

How did we ever get the to point in America when riding a bicycle could make you a "hero" (even if you cheated on your wife like 'Lance') or become something that grown men did, and admitted doing, while wearing spandex shorts? And this is a 'sporting event'?

Blonde highlights, spiked hair, pierced ears, tattoos of Chinese characters and fake tans? Woody Hayes was exactly right; the feminization of the American male will be its downfall.

I wonder what language will be spoken here in 75 years.

God, does America ever need a ‘John Wayne’.

Submitted by Concerned Citizen on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 7:25pm.


Lance Armstrong turned the French dominated sport of cycling on it's ear. You and those pansy frenchies are alot alike, talk action.

Let's refresh your memory, he had cancer of the testicles...spread to his liver...spread to his brain. He had a less than one percent chance of living, endured seemingly endless chemo and was reduced to a bag of bones. Then comes back from impossible odds to win one of the most grueling sporting events on times in a row. Thats feminization?

I guess it's easy to type without thinking. I'm not even that much of a cycling fan, I do have respect for the sport though. Golf is a game but people call Tiger Woods a world class athlete. To me, you can't get more sporting than a race of HUMAN power like running or cycling. I can't count how many times I have heard people talk about how difficult it really is to drive a NASCAR racecar. Sure, it's probably just as tough as racing America hating eurotrash to the top of a mountain...Jeff Gordon and Enigma could knock that out in about 45 min.

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Submitted by Enigma on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 7:41pm.

Wow. Beating the french - now that's an accomplishment! It's not like they just give up or anything!

So, you like to ride a bicycle....and Lance Armstrong surviving testicle cancer and then abandoning the woman (and children) who stayed beside him through all of that makes you a hero? Wow.

I guess running through the jungle for 12 straight days avoiding Charlie pales in comparison. I stand corrected - real men survive cancer (no God's will there - just pure 'manhood'), cheat on their wife, and beat the french in a bicycle race - gotcha.

And all this time I thought Todd Beamer and the people on flight 93 were what heros were made of.

I apologize for offending your feminine side and I stand corrected.

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Submitted by Xaymaca on Sun, 04/08/2007 - 2:16am.

Are we still eating "freedom fries'? Lol.
Didn't the French play a pivotal role in the American War for Independence? Isn't Fayette County and Fayetteville named after a French Man? Marquis de La"FAYETTE" is rolling in his grave.

Submitted by wrkhrd4it on Sun, 04/08/2007 - 9:48am.

The French helped us during the revolution and helped the South during the Civil War. They hated the English ( and still do ), and to keep England from becoming too powerful,would have backed anyone that was fighting Britain. They backed the South in the civil war to try and keep the new powerhouse,( USA ) from becoming too powerful. In both instances, the interests of France were their sole concern.

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Submitted by Enigma on Sun, 04/08/2007 - 6:29am.

Gee, I forgot about that whole 230 plus year ago thing they helped us do. I stand corrected. I have let the last 100 years cloud my judgement. You're right, I feel foolish. Allow me to repent:

The French are the epitome of real men bike riders, freedom, democracy, spandex, and independence!

Désirent ardemment la France de phase !

Now, how do you say that in Farsi like the French do now???

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Submitted by Concerned Citizen on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 8:21pm.

Well, it would seem that in an attempt to seem more manly you chose to brag about your military service. I can tell you the defensiveness is not becoming.

Again you have failed to think or research before typing. Lance Armstrong did not meet his wife until after he beat cancer (at a fundraiser for his organization). He and his ex-wife remain great friends and he still takes care of his kids. Why the anger?

Lets recap: Todd Beamer, hero. Lance Armstrong, inspiration. Cyclists, athletes. Enigma, defensive foot chewing whiner. Hey, you made it!

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Submitted by Enigma on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 8:36pm.

So, you didn't serve? Wow. I bet it takes years to convince yourself you didn't need to to be a 'real man' huh? Don't be so hard on yourself. I bet you failed the physical, huh? That's too bad.

That wasn't me that ran through the jungle for 12 hours by the way ... but thanks for the compliment. Eye-wink

Since you bring 'me' up, but know nothing of 'me', or about 'me', your hollow words and your shallow mind really can't grasp who I am or what I have done - surely you know this...well, let me re-phrase that - surely you SHOULD know this. Let's just say that in my mind I am not a hero. I do have some medals - but none that came from the French. But enough about 'me', let’s talk about you. Smiling

Are you a man hating bitter old divorced woman or a man that's just very, very, VERY in touch with your emotional side?

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 9:57pm.

Don't want to get spun up so soon after the moratorium. I prefer knobby tire riding by the way. A good bike ride for me ends with blood somewhere, and usually an unintentional dismount. Smiling

Kevin "Hack" King

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Submitted by Enigma on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 9:59am.

Just fly - leave that preaching to bro Ceflo $.

I didn't qualify expert on this .45 to keep it strapped Eye-wink Check the comments and timelines.

By the way, the British kept it in the holster - how'd that work out for you?

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Submitted by AF A-10 on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 10:05am.

It worked out very well. I am surprised, but very happy for the Brits.

Kevin "Hack" King

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Submitted by Enigma on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 10:41am.

It's good to see a pilot get happy.

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Submitted by Enigma on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 10:41am.

But, at what cost in the long run? Regardless, glad they came home. So, about that thunb.....

Submitted by skyspy on Wed, 04/04/2007 - 10:41pm.

Do we still get our free DUI day???
harold promised placate us while he used our hard earned tax dollars for his drunk fest. Is our free public drunk day still on??? Well?

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Submitted by Enigma on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 7:59pm.

This is a major 'sporting' event. Didn't you read the Concerned Citizen's blog to me?!

Heros will be riding bikes for God's sake! No drinking! Show some reverance.

In case you missed it- Lance beat the French (took steroids), and gave his left testicle all just for this 'sport'! He even abondoned his family for a rock star who has since dupmed the hero. It's a human powered sport sky! Not like those non-people powered other sports.?!

And for God's sake, save the drinking for the pansy games like football, rugby, jai-ali, boxing, Ultimate Fighting, Karate, Judo, Greco Wrestling and all those other contact games. Jeez!

Submitted by skyspy on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 7:11am.

I was being sarcastic. I guess if harold wants to keep up the "spirit" of this sport he should serve us all illegal steriods, instead of the alcohol party he has planned.

I'm disgusted that he is wasting our taxdollar this way. Now that this group has a sponsor he better leave our money alone.

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Submitted by Enigma on Fri, 04/06/2007 - 10:04am.

I know you were - and you are right about the 'roids Eye-wink I thought what you said was funny Eye-wink I just love seeing our tax money spent on bike riding. Like Hack, my bike has a motor - and it always has. I started out in the GMC with knobbies and raced from age 6-12. I have been on street bikes since I was 14 and have a custom built bike now.

Wasting tax payer money has become an art form and there is no shortage of artists around here.


Submitted by Concerned Citizen on Thu, 04/05/2007 - 8:25pm.

I'll bet a Saturday around your house is great. Lot's of Greco roman wrestling. I hope Skyspy jumps in to help you....and please consider drinking more before you play rugby, you may come out of it smarter. Greco Roman Wrestling huh? Uhhhh ok.

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