Tour of Colorado Springs bicycling event in trouble

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All that upbeat talk last week about a new Tour of Colorado Springs bicycling event, with perhaps thousands of participants following a course around the city, vanished this morning.

Mayor Steve Bach announced that he has withdrawn his support for the proposed event this summer, and it likely will be taken off the agenda for City Council next week, Council President Scott Hente says.

Bach and Council had given an initial go-ahead to organizers last week for the city to help sponsor the proposed event, similar to one that has been hugely successful in Tucson, Ariz.

“I am not supporting it today,” Bach said at the Mayor's Counsel meeting this morning. He added that when he gave initial approval last week, he didn’t understand the proposal that well, and was going on staff recommendations. The mayor says he still hasn't seen the Tour's business plan or paperwork he had requested.

Bach said he'd feel better if the event had private-sector partners. He added that his office had talked to organizers about perhaps delaying it until 2013 and perhaps seeking money from the city's lodging and car rental tax.

Councilor Bernie Herpin said he had reservations about the event getting enough volunteers, saying, “I thought this was all kind of rushed."

Hente and Bach said the city will be taking a closer look at all events that the local government sponsors.

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