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Tour De Georgia: See It – Ride It
Lance Armstrong recently announced he’s added the Tour de Georgia as part of his race line-up for 2004, making this the biggest race in America. Discover Adventure Tours is offering the best way to see the race, ride the routes, and forget about customs inspectors…



Billed as “America’s premier cycling event”, the Dodge Tour de Georgia features 7 stages from April 20 – 25, and Discover Adventures, the official tour operator for the event, has designed two distinct tours for racing enthusiasts.

Both tours, the week-long and the weekend version, will allow guests to ride the actual race course the day of the event. Guests will enjoy special partitioned-off prime observation areas orchestrated with the assistance of the directors from the race. Riders of all levels can be accommodated, allowing for everyone from recreational cyclists to professionals in training to ride the country roads of Georgia and enjoy the race too. Three groups (easy, moderate & challenging) will begin each day at varying distances from the next stage finish to maximize each group’s mileage on the actual race course.

Stages include a race around Historic Macon, a rolling stage into Columbus, a stage finish and an individual time trial in the lovely town of Rome, and two mountain stages in the North Georgia Mountains before returning for a final stage near Alpharetta.


It’ been years since we had a chance to see Lance stage race on home soil, so his commitment to the Tour De Georgia has easily elevated the profile of this second year event. Their commitment to Lance is also impressive – as organizers changed key stages on the route to better suit Lance’s Tour de France prep.


The groups will be divided into three groups…serious (80-100 miles/day), enthusiast (50-80 miles/day) and recreational (25-50 miles/day). Accommodations will be in Hampton Inns, Best Westerns, and Spring Hill Suites, located conveniently between stage finishes and starts, to minimize transfers and maximize riding.

Expecting about 30 guests each in enthusiast and recreational, and between 10-15 for the serious group. Guides will be at about an 8:1 ratio, and riders will be fully supported.



Guests on the long tour will be special guests to the Opening Gala where each of the teams are introduced. This event is in Macon, open only to sponsors, vips and our tour group.

Tom McManners, director of Discover Adventures told us: “All guests (on both the week long and the weekend tour) will be guests in the Farewell Gala on the closing evening. Again, with the riders, winners, VIP’s, our group is invited. We also include a visit to the Frogtown Vineyards for a special dinner and wine tasting at one of Georgia’s premier vineyards, a Saturday night in the amazing mountain town of Helen, GA, a “true” German village!”


Sounds like a pretty good way to spend some quality time with your bike…

Here’s the details:
The Week-Long Trip
Trip 6 Race days/7 nights
Tour Start/End Atlanta, GA
Activity Level Easy, Moderate OR Challenging
(Recreational, Enthusiast, Serious)
Tour Date April 19-26, 2004
Tour Price $1,398 p/p
Single Supplement $250

Monday, April 19th – Afternoon Arrival to Atlanta & Shuttle to Macon
Tuesday, April 20th – Stage One, Macon Loop
Wednesday, April 21st – Stage Two, Thomaston to Columbus
Thursday, April 22nd – Stage Three, Carrollton to Rome & Individual Time Trial in Rome
Friday, April 23rd – Stage Four, Dalton to Dahlonega (Mountain Stage)
Saturday, April 24th – Stage Five, Athens to Brasstown Bald (Mountain Stage)
Sunday, April 25th – Stage Six, Dawsonville to Alpharetta
Monday, April 26th – Early Departure from Atlanta

You will witness – Race Starts: 2
Race Finishes: 5
Mountain Summits: 2
Time Trial: 1


Weekend Excursion
Trip 3 Race days/4 nights
Tour Start/End Atlanta, GA
Activity Level Easy, Moderate OR Challenging
(Recreational, Enthusiast OR Serious)
Tour Date April 22-26, 2004
Tour Price $998 p/p
Single Supplement $250

Thursday, April 22nd – Arrival & Shuttle to North Georgia*
Friday, April 23rd – Stage Four, Dalton to Dahlonega (Mountain Stage)
Saturday, April 24th – Stage Five, Athens to Brasstown Bald (Mountain Stage)
Sunday, April 25th – Stage Six, Dawsonville to Alpharetta
Monday, April 26th – Departure from Atlanta
*Participants choosing to arrive Wednesday can depart on early Thursday shuttles to observe the Individual Time Trials in Rome, GA.

You will witness -
Race Starts: 1
Race Finishes: 2
Mountain Summits: 2
Time Trial: 1 (Optional*)





For more ‘tour-of-the-tour’ information, contact
Discover Adventures toll free at 866.44.ACTIVE or visit their specific webpage for the 2004 Dodge Tour de Georgia Tours. Reservation deadline is Friday, March 26, 2004.


 

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