Judge upholds 'Toona suit

A Pennsylvania judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Altoona Bicycle Club against the...

A Pennsylvania judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Altoona Bicycle Club against the former promoter of the International Tour de 'Toona. The stage race had become a mainstay of U.S. racing over the past 20 years, attracting the best riders from across the country for the week-long race.

This year, the event has been reduced to a one-day race due in part to the $370,825 that the club alleges was taken by former club president Kirk Leidy without club permission. This dispute along with a lawsuit brought by a racer who was paralyzed in a crash in the event two years ago had temporarily reduced the race to one day, but the club's president, Larry Bilotto, said the race would be back to its normal format next year.

According to the Altoona Mirror, Leidy's lawyer asked for all but one of the charges to be dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired. The case is now set to go to trial, although no date has been announced.

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