It has been a week since the Tour de Georgia passed through Suwanee, GA. Were you one of the lucky one's who was able to skip work so you could witness the excitement as Suwanee hosted the 5th Stage (of 7 Stages) of Tour de Georgia? The race has passed through Buford, GA in previous years, but this is the first time Gwinnett County hosted the start for one of the stages in the race. And, Gwinnett County gave the bicyclists a real southern welcome. It is esimated approximately 2,500 people showed up to cheer them on - one of the biggest crowds experienced at the beginning of this race! Well done Gwinnett!!!
I don't know about you, but I know nothing about pro bicycling! I am an avid runner so when I do see bicyclists, I don't know why, but I am always impressed and wonder where they find the endurance. And, what I didn't know is that the Tour de Georgia, is one of the highest-rated races in North America.
Even with my little knowledge, when I heard Suwanee was going to host this event, I was excited. If you have read my posts before, you know I have lived in Suwanee a l - o - n - g time! Twenty years to be exact. When I moved out here, I had people asking me how we found this place. NOW! It seems everyone is beginning to take notice. Who would have thought Suwanee would be the host of Stage 5 for Tour de Georgia! Stage 5 began at the Suwanee Town Center and the route continued along Lake Lanier into the north Georgia mountains. The final destination was Dahlonega. The total leg of Stage 5 was 214.7 kilometers (133.4 miles). Richard England, 26 from Australia, won Stage 5 with a time of 5 hours, 15 minutes and 15 seconds.
But it was Kanstain Sivtsov, competing in his first race in the United States, who pulled out the win in the Tour de Georgia.
Race routes change every year, so who knows if Suwanee will host next year's event. So I hope you were one of the lucky one's out cheering them on this year. If you were, we would love for you to share your experience. And, for those who missed out, if the race finds itself coming through Suwanee, Georgia again, we will be ready with another real southern welcome and hope you'll join us!