Tour of Missouri
-- the world-class cycling race that almost got shut down last summer -- ended up generating several million more dollars in spectator spending than previous editions. Daily RFT
could not find an official copy of the economic impact report on the race's website
, but Fired Up Missouri
a link here
Race-goers reportedly forked over $38.1 million this year, up from $29.8 in 2008
and $26.2 million the year before. Even cycling superman Lance Armstrong
himself called our governor
in September to encourage him to keep the race going.
The event got politicized
in July when Governor Jay Nixon
proposed yanking the state's $1.5. million commitment to the race as part of a budget-cutting measure. The event is also a pet project of Republican Lt. Governor, Peter Kinder.
Nixon eventually relented
and released the funds after getting promises of more detailed and transparent spending reports
from race organizers.
This is all fine and good, though the Daily RFT
would like to renew its gripe
over the fact that the pretty girls on the podium weren't all from Missouri...
Looks like the 2009