The "new" stage race will be a leg of each discipline: road, mountain and cyclocross.
The first stage would be the road event. Perhaps it would have a circuit feel to allow for good crowd support and feel like the other stages. It should allow the road geeks the ability to distance themselves from the peloton before they leave the pavement. The team aspect to the road portion would be minimal as it really doesn't carry too much to other the stages. Maybe maximum 4 members for each team? After the first stage, each rider's time will be recorded and placings will be determined with time bonuses, etc.
The second stage would be a mountain stage that is technical but not so much that the roadies are dead at the end of the day. That wouldn't be fair. Obviously the two disciplines (road and mountain) are so different that there would be an opportunity for the fat tire freaks to pull equal with the road specialists. To make it equal to stage one, the race would be a challenging circuit that was X number of laps that was timed.
The final stage would be the lung buster. A fixed number of laps on a cyclocross bike of a course that would allow both disciplines a chance to shine - some flat out speed and steady climbs mixed with a few gnarly climbs and scary descents. Normally a timed event, but that would be tough to keep the placing square as far as I can figure.
Here are some the things I think are good about this idea:
- You need to have at least 3 bikes. I love bikes.
- You can wear spandex 3 days in a row - you don't even have to change.
- It lets everyone hang out together like cycling best buds (roadies, off-roadies, pscyo-Xer's)
- Everyone could have a coffee together in the morning and a beer together at night.
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Drawbacks to this idea:
- Ryder Hesjedal would win every race if it went to a pro discipline (or is that a positive?)
- Lance would come out of retirement and blame Oprah for his downfall.
- Bike shops would be overwhelmed by demand for all the bikes.
- Jens would tell the legs to "shut up" and would take second place behind Ryder after he also comes out of retirement.
- The women's division would be ruled by Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (or is that also a positive?)
So if you want to help me start this discipline, I am looking for a marketing genius with deep pocket to get this off the ground. I think the public will get behind it ... or not. But I think the coffee, beer and racing thing seems to work out most times. Just look at NASCAR, minus the coffee.