The United Texas Tour, which was to take place for the first time in September 2005, has been postponed indefinitely, the organisers announced today. "In light of growing worldwide humanitarian needs such as the South Asian tragedy, we are reluctant to solicit the level of sponsorship funding needed to ensure the success of this event," said Eddie Owens, executive director of the United Texas Tour. "We are simply uncomfortable asking companies to fund the race when those dollars could be used for more immediate social concerns.
"The reception we have received from Texas communities to date has been nothing short of overwhelming. We are deeply grateful to all the sponsors who have pledged their support for the event, most especially our title sponsor, United Supermarkets and Market Street, and to the local and international cycling communities for embracing our vision for a world-class professional cycling race."