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Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

October 2, 2009 1:02 PM

They say close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. They're wrong. It counts when it come to Olympic bids too.

Chicago's bid for the 2016 summer games came up short and with it Madison's hopes to host the Olympic cycling events. But what's true in sports is true in life and the life of a city: trying is the thing.

We tried hard - thanks in large part to the great work of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau to be part of a winning bid and we have the new muscle to show for it. It's kind of like training for an Ironman competition only to break your ankle the day before the event. We didn't get to do the race, but we're still in really good shape.

For one thing we've got those Olympic routes, including an incredibly pretty 13 miles through Madison that would have been the time trial course. Those routes were certifiably great enough for Olympic competitors, so let's use them. I've even got a half-baked idea right now to sign the time trial route as the Chicago Summer Games Trail and our Economic Development Director offered the bright idea of hosting a community bike ride along the route on the day of the 2016 Olympic biking competition in Rio.

While all that might be a little playfully in-your-face, immediately after the announcement I did talk with several people about the serious potential for all kinds of cycling events taking advantage of those routes. It's possible we could have some ideas take shape in the coming months. Stay tuned.

Look, this would have been icing on Madison's cake. But let's not forget that we've got pretty good cake even without it. And, hey, who needs the calories?



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