Nashua, New Hampshire Mayor, Bernie Streeter, has hit out at the city's disinterest in Le Tour Montréal - Boston, a new UCI 2.1 event which was postponed last week. The eight day event, originally slated for August 5-12, was postponed after issues with the "logistical complexity" of planning the event which was to cross six different jurisdictions, including New Hampshire, on the trip from Montréal, Canada to Boston, United States of America.
"This announcement is disappointing to say the least," read a statement from Streeter. "As mayor, I am personally offended by the city of Boston's lack of interest and support. I know our state officials who have worked long and hard on this event also are crushed with this decision."
While no firm postponement date has been set, it's expected to be sometime in the summer of 2008, according to a statement that announced the organiser's decision.
"We want to thank all our partners, who did not hesitate to give their time and support to this project," said Daniel Manibal, president of the event, in a statement. "They have already accomplished an amazing feat, and we want to assure them of our determination to make the Montreal-Boston Tour a reality.
"This tour goes far beyond the realm of a simple cycling event, helping to promote the beauty of Quebec and New England," he added.
Despite the tour's cancellation events planned to coincide with its arrival in Boston are expected to go ahead as planned.