Tour de Georgia--A World Class Cycling Event

Real Estate Agent with Mopper-Stapen,Realtors


For cycling fans in Georgia and elsewhere this is a great week of racing. The Tour de Georgia a weeklong cycling race with 7 stages -started it's run on Monday 4/21-from Tybee Island, Ga. ending later that afternoon in Downtown Savannah.  The 71 mile, Stage 1 run -which double looped thru the city before ending at the Civic Center-saw excited crowds all along the race course.  Approximately, 15 teams with 119 cyclists competed in the first leg of the Tour which ends in Atlanta, Ga. on Sunday -4/27. The 2nd leg of the tour on Tuesday was from Statesboro, Ga. (45 mi. n.w. of savannah) to Augusta, Ga.

As a real estate agent working both the Savannah and Statesboro market, I had the opportunity to see parts of the race in both of those locations.  It was amazing to see the cyclists whizzing by - at incredible speeds and to see the turn out of spectators, not counting all the crew and media cars traveling up and down I-16 to cover the event between Savannah and Statesboro.

This international cycling event, which features some of the world ‘s best and fastest cyclists are competing in this 7 day event to improve their standing nationally and internationally. Among the 15 teams:  4 are UCI Pro Tour (elite international teams), 2 are UCI Professional Continental (teams trying to earn invitations to events such as Tour De France), 8 are Continental-UCI American Tour (teams that concentrate on domestic events) and 1-Continental-UCI Asia Tour.

The winner of Stage I in Savannah, was Ivan Dominguez " the Cuban Missile Crisis" a native of Havana, Cuba who rides for Toyota-United. His winning time was 2:30:18.2, with two other racers only  .1 of a second behind him.  In fact, the top 10 were only a total of .7 of a second behind. There were fears of heavy head winds riding out of Tybee Island but they never materialized-and the temperature was perfect making for a great race.

For more information about the race as it winds through Georgia-go to:  or go to  for audio and video of the races start and progress.






Comments (5)

Beth Camp
Century 21 Adams-Walker - Concord, GA
Great, positive event. Sad to see it is not coming through my part of Geiorgia!
Apr 23, 2008 02:32 PM
andrea re
Mopper-Stapen,Realtors - Savannah, GA

beth-- it is a great event---thanks for the comment --and sorry it's not close enough for you to view. 

Apr 23, 2008 02:51 PM
steve baylock
nalley insurance - Columbus, NM
You know I think it has came through Blue Ridge Georgia before.  I like that Georgia has this kind of events I used to live there.
Apr 23, 2008 02:57 PM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor
Andrea, this is a great race. We didn't have races like this in the US 30 years ago when I was racing.
Apr 23, 2008 03:07 PM
andrea re
Mopper-Stapen,Realtors - Savannah, GA


you are right--these races didn't exist in the us-30yrs. ago--but isn't grand that we are finally having some great races here!!!  Just wish there were more ---so people could see the excitement-and cheer on the teams---and undertand what cyclinging is all about--andreA

Apr 23, 2008 06:31 PM