It takes serious cash to pull together a top level cycling event. The Tour de France for example costs millions of dollars every year. Carkulis won’t say how much he spent on the Exergy Tour. He chuckles and says “Let’s just say that it costs a lot of money.”
He says that money – whatever the figure – is the answer to helping grow and elevate women’s cycling. “The investment needs to be made if we’re going to have female venues and we are very short of female venues in the U.S.”
The inaugural Exergy Tour drew a lot of excitement among the racers. Many of the women said afterward they were amazed at how many people came to cheer on the riders. They also were impressed with how professional the race felt.
As for Carkulis, he has big plans for the Tour. “There can be a fourth major in the United States and in North America,” he says. “And we intend to make the Exergy Tour that fourth major.”"
It’s great to see that the Exergy Tour sounds like it’s not just going to be a one-off, Olympic year thing - such good news!