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Excluding the smaller domestic races and crit scene, the U.S. has always had an identity crisis when trying to position itself on the international cycling calendar. At its best, it's cute; at its worst, it's downright embarrassing.

Watching some of the bigger events often feels like you're being presented the Disney version of European cycling. They use similar terminology, and play off of cycling's legitimate history, but the end result usually seems sterilized and underwhelming when compared to the real thing. Fancy packaging only goes so far when the product inside is a cheap knock-off.

Making it even weirder still: The fans often play along, as if characters in a Disney production as well. They want to be seen imitating European fan behavior, promoting European food and drink, and generally searching for acceptance as "true" cycling fans. I understand that much of it is just people having fun with the imagery, but it's odd.
Yes.

This whole spiel about California being the "fourth-biggest stage race" was part of that, too.
Let's be real: The fourth-biggest stage race is the Tour de Suisse, with Dauphiné and Paris-Nice close behind. Any stage race in the US, however great it may be, can't hope to come near that status until it's been running, continuously, for ~50 years.

But that's not a problem. Not everything has to always be the biggest and bestest - on the contrary, finding a good niche will often be more successful than desperately trying to be(come) something you're certifiably not.
Focus on your strengths.
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    But that's not a problem. Not everything has to always be the biggest and bestest - on the contrary, finding a good niche will often be more successful than desperately trying to be(come) something you're certifiably not.

    Strade Bianche being the perfect example. What's that race, only 12 -years-old?

    I was really thinking that the Tour of the Battenkill would've grown to something more substantial and significant by now, but it has gotten more popular, and developed quite the cult attraction. The Red Hook Crit is another invention of the U.S scene that has spread internationally and developed quite a hard-core following.

    Trying to be "too much" has been the biggest downfall of U.S. races, IMO.

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    I had totally forgotten that Battenkill added a Gran Fondo since I was last there. I would like to do that, for sure. Or even just be a volunteer next year. It's an extremely cool event.
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     I know that the UK likes to mimic all things US, but I hope that we aren't heading for a similar California experience over here. Although, Cali did follow the UK in terms of introducing equal men's and women's prize money.

    https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/tour-of-britain/tour-britain-womens-tour-searching-new-main-sponsor-replace-ovo-energy-441711
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    I know that the UK likes to mimic all things US, but I hope that we aren't heading for a similar California experience over here.
    I think OVO simply saw the end of the sponsorship coming and didn't think they would profit from extending the contract.

    Even with no new title sponsor(s) secured (yet), Sweetspot have said that the races (ToB, WT, Tour Series) will definitely be held next year.
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    https://venezuelapaisdefuturo.blogspot.com/2019/11/vuelta-al-tachira-2020.html?spref=tw

    Tachira could visit Colombia for two stages.

    An Italian (Androni), a Spanish (?) and Colombian teams are expected to be part of the peloton.
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    An Italian (Androni), a Spanish (?) and Colombian teams are expected to be part of the peloton.

    Caja Rural maybe?! They signed (Vuelta a Venezuela winner) Orluis Aular for 2020.
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    Yes.

    This whole spiel about California being the "fourth-biggest stage race" was part of that, too.
    Let's be real: The fourth-biggest stage race is the Tour de Suisse, with Dauphiné and Paris-Nice close behind. Any stage race in the US, however great it may be, can't hope to come near that status until it's been running, continuously, for ~50 years.

    But that's not a problem. Not everything has to always be the biggest and bestest - on the contrary, finding a good niche will often be more successful than desperately trying to be(come) something you're certifiably not.
    Focus on your strengths.

    They have the biggest roads. The whole peloton can ride abreast on some of them, and frequently do until the sprint.

    IMO, to add to the fact that TOC is the most boring stage race on the calendar about from a couple of stages each year, it’s also on at 10pm to midnight in Europe, a bit of a barrier for most.
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    http://www.ciclismointernacional.com/la-vuelta-a-san-juan-2020-anuncio-etapas-y-equipos-participantes/

    Teams for San Juan:

    Bora
    UAE
    Movistar
    Deceuninck QuickStep
    Cofidis
    Israel Cycling Academy

    Androni
    Bardiani
    Neri Sottoli
    Fundación Euskadi
    Rally UHC
    Epowers Factory

    Virgen de Fátima
    SEP – San Juan
    Mun. Pocito
    Mun. Rawson
    Puertas de Cuyo
    Amore e Vita
    GW Shimano
    Medellín

    Argentina
    Italia
    Uruguay
    Russia

    A handful of teams less than normal and when E-Powers fail to show it will be even fewer.
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    https://twitter.com/TourofBritain/status/1193890873290846210

    From one end of Britain to the other in 2020. Part of the package is that the race will then start in Aberdeen in 2021.
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    https://venezuelapaisdefuturo.blogspot.com/2019/11/vuelta-al-tachira-2020.html?spref=tw

    Tachira could visit Colombia for two stages.

    An Italian (Androni), a Spanish (?) and Colombian teams are expected to be part of the peloton.
    #androni Giovanni Ellena says, they'll start the season either in San Juan (January 26th) or, if they can secure an invitation, in the Tropicale (January 20th).

    https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2019/11/11/1573419388/giovanni-ellena-androni-sidermec-crescere-i-giovani

    So maybe no Tachira (supposed to start on January 10th) for them (or no Tachira at all)?!
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