This summer’s five-stage Tour de New York bicycle race in Rochester is expected to draw 125,000 spectators.
Mayor Robert Duffy has called pro cycling a major tourism engine for the region.
“He’s been my saving grace,” Page said. “He’s always been supportive and he’s had the vision of where this thing is going.”
While the event is labeled Tour de New York, the race’s long-range intention is to remain centered on western New York.
Unlike the Tour de France or Tour de California in which riders and their entourages move from location to location, the Tour de New York will use Rochester as its base of operations.
TOUR DE NEW YORK
What: 5-day stage road cycling event for professionals and elite amateurs sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale. When: Aug. 7-11 on courses through Rochester and Finger Lakes. Format: Criterium downtown, Saturday, Aug. 7; 10-mile time trial on Lake Ontario Parkway, Sunday, Aug. 8; three road races of varying lengths Aug. 9, 10 and 11. Information:www.tourdenewyork.com.