Tour of Shenandoah Wraps Up

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

It's stage six and the grand finale for this year's Tour of the Shenandoah. Cyclists were out gearing up for one last race.

"The support and the racing and the racers are at a high level and its really, really enjoyable," says cyclist Thomas Soladay.

Even more-so for Soladay. Later on, he would eventually win the men's three and four race.
But he wasn't the only one scoring Sunday.

"The sponsors are getting great exposure for our area," says Waynesboro Tourism Director Lianne Crookshanks. "My intention is that they all look around and see the terrific opportunity for the cycling needs here in town."

Point taken by local sponsor Water Works, Inc., they've been touring since stage one.

"I think people don't realize that these are profesional bike racers, they are sponsored and they bring alot here to the valley," said worker Bob Coakley.

Like out of town business, Butch Balzano and his cycling shop are in the River City for the first time, thanks to the race.

"It' new to me. This is the first time Im in the town so I only have a very small opportunity to see Waynesboro and this is it."

Yes tourism, a definite draw when you bring in some of the best cyclists from all over the world. But the city has definitely done its part to make it all happen.

"The city of Waynesboro does a great job of promoting it and helping support the race," says official Kevin Long. "They take care of us very well."

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