World Championships Opinion: A Star-Crossed Event
The 2003 Hamilton Road World Cycling Championships have been star-crossed.
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First there was local opposition. Business people and others objected to closing a large part of downtown <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>
Then there was the war in
Then there was SARS. It struck
Then the Canadian dollar, which used to hover around 60 cents
Then the government of
And to top it off -- on November 10 Hamiltonians will go to the polls in a municipal election.
Then there was
Is it any wonder, then, that the grandstands and the spectator areas along the course have been a lot less than filled during the first two days of racing? A race official said, when approached during the racing on Wednesday, that about 2,000 tickets had been sold for the day.
Of course, the crowds will surely be larger for the women?s and men?s elite road races on Saturday and Sunday ? but will it will be enough?
Also quite noticeable is the dearth of sponsorship ads on the fencing along the route.
The glorious weather and the terrific displays of riding put on by the young racers and the great organization by the Union Cycliste Internationale ? all are making a very positive impression.
But one is left to wonder: what could this event have been with a little better luck?