g4 Productions has postponed the Austin International for one year. First announced in November, the inaugural edition of the race, which was to be held in Lance Armstrong's hometown, has been rescheduled for June 2008. The race had earned a UCI category 1.1 rating.
"We have formed some fantastic partnerships in the Austin community and we will continue to work closely with the city, the Austin Sports Commission, our media partners and the Austin cycling community to make the 2008 race one of the best one day races in America," said Robin Morton, partner, g4 Productions.
The ongoing doping problems affected promoter's efforts to secure funds needed for a 2007 edition of the race. "We've obviously felt some impact of the scandals of 2006 on the sponsorship side," said Morton. "Now planning ahead for 2008, we have provided our sponsors and partners ample time to plan for and effectively activate their sponsorships."
Matthew Pay, Executive Director of the Austin Sports Commission voiced his organization's commitment to the event. "While unfortunate that we will have to wait another year, the partners of g4 have the full support of the Austin Sports Commission and we will continue to work closely with them to produce a world-class event.