Organisers of the Rochester Twilight Omnium announced Friday that the event would expand into a six-day, UCI-ranked 2.2 event for 2009. The race, which was three-days this year, will cover six stages next year through the Western New York and Finger Lakes Regions of upstate New York from August 8th through August 13th.
The original event began in 2004 as the Saturn Rochester Twilight Criterium and has experienced exponential growth each year in all areas including spectator attendance and economic impact. "2008's three-day Rochester Omnium was designed specifically as a platform to introduce the Tour de New York. The planning has been in the works for several years and we're incredibly excited to launch the six-day Tour," said Scott Page, the event's Executive Director. "The long term plan for the Tour de New York is to explore different areas of New York State each year for a portion of the event".
Professional cyclists, including Olympic, World and National Champions, will compete in the following stages of the Tour de New York:
Rochester Twilight Criterium - Saturday, August 8th
Individual Time Trial – Sunday, August 9th
Genesee Valley Park Road Race - Monday, August 10th
Ellicottville Circuit Race - Tuesday, August 11th
Warsaw Road Race - Wednesday August 12th
Pittsford Road Race - Thursday, August 13th