Cycling event inconvenient

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Once again the USA Cycling Elite, U-23, Juniors and Paralympic Road National Championships will be held in Augusta.

We have received notice that Georgia Hwy. 221 will be closed from South Carolina Hwy. 28 to Washington Road from 6 a.m. to about 6 p.m. June 21.

Residents on Linder-McCurdy Road and Dent Road have no option of taking different routes to travel to or from work during normal work hours. The organization and community leaders do not recognize the impact this has on us. We complained last year with hope that they would find a different route. But apparently no one listened.

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desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/15/12 - 01:27 am
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Sorry for trouble. Events

Sorry for trouble. Events here in town routine cause me to alter my plans too. Sometimes for up to a week at a time. 12 hrs trapped in or out of a neighborhood does sound excessive. Surely, the government will provide a police/county escort in the event of an emergency. Sounds like lazy planning if no provisions for residents were provided.

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wribbs 06/15/12 - 05:15 am
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Our society has become so

Our society has become so accustomed to instant everything and believing that we should never be offended or inconvenienced in anyway whatsoever. It's one day out of the year. Can't you make plans around one day out of your work year?

desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/15/12 - 06:00 am
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Most major cycling events

Most major cycling events across the country use rolling check points, and/or provide passes/instructions for citizens cut off by routes for extended periods - 4 or more hours.

Techfan
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Techfan 06/15/12 - 06:30 am
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I would say residents could

I would say residents could alter their plans for one day a year. I also would understand if businesses complained if it resulted in decreased revenue.

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scgator 06/15/12 - 07:20 am
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You know, it is not really

You know, it is not really about a resident having to change their plans for a day..........it actually is about the disrespectful attitude by local officials towards its citizens. It is the "THIS IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO AND YOU JUST HAVE TO LIVE WITH IT" attitude that urks citizens; as the article writer said, "we asked them to make changes in the route last year" and they ignored it................I know the cycling event is a great event for those who participate; and, I know it is only one day, but I can hear the conversation now....."Boss, I know I was supposed to be at work yesterday, but, they had my street blocked for a bicycle race and I couldn't get out of my driveway. Oh, by the way, will you give me a reference for next employer ?"

jbenny2010
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jbenny2010 06/15/12 - 07:51 am
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Looking at the map

After looking at the map, you really don't have any other access out of your neighborhood. It seems like some consideration could have been made for you and your neighbors.

allhans
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allhans 06/15/12 - 07:53 am
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Talk with those who are

Talk with those who are inconvenienced for days during Masters week. Perhaps you can leave home before it begins???
In other words, grin and bear it.
It's a great event, and not that many hours in the day, I'm sure.

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noxiousfumes 06/15/12 - 08:07 am
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Hey, take the day off and go

Hey, take the day off and go out and watch the races. This is a major coup for Augusta to be able to host a national cycling event like this. The economic impact alone is in the millions of dollars. The rest of us have to rearrange our lives during the Masters for a week; you're only talking about 12 hours in one day.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/15/12 - 08:07 am
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I'm very empathetic

I'm very empathetic to your plight, but as others have said, it is a small sacrifice for the greater good.

It does seem, however, they could make an arrangement to get you in and out once each way since we are only talking about 2 residences.

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avidreader 06/15/12 - 08:46 am
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No Errands!

I would love a twelve-hour reprieve from running errands for my wife and having an excuse to avoid a boring movie or dinner engagement.

Buy a novel and a six-pack and relax.

desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/15/12 - 08:56 am
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Big difference between

Big difference between congestion, rerouting/redirecting, closures with alternative routes, and closure with no alternative routes. Simple solutions available to the county to mitigate the issue, but let's tell our fellow citizens to suck it up for the greater good. I know the residents could solve the issue themselves by leaving early and staying away all day, staying two nights in a hotel, or just sticking it out at home.

I've participated in bike races and events around the world as a participant and a volunteer, and have seen and been invovled in escorting locals along closed roads. Its kind of a race organizer good will gesture to the community to mitigate the impact.

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dichotomy 06/15/12 - 09:04 am
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I know all of you are saying

I know all of you are saying "it's only one day". Kind of like "it's only a penny" or "it's only health insurance...we won't make you buy brocolli or a Chevrolet". But what if......what if we all of a sudden became the bike race mecca of the world and they wanted to do this once a week? Or maybe every other day. I'm sorry but I believe it is wrong, and should be illegal, to prevent a property owner from using a public road to egress or ingress their property....period. And I don't care if it is just one person or 500 people. They should have to make some accomodation. They could put up cones and give the bike riders one lane and use flagmen and pace cars to lead traffic in the other. Being blocked from leaving or entering you home for 12 hours is wrong. If they can do it for one day a year then they can do it for 200 days a year. Would you agree to that if it were your home they were blocking access to? The right of the bike racers does not trump the right of a single property owner to come and go as they please on a public road to egress / ingress their property. I would be curious as to what kind of accomodation could be made or financial agreement would happen if the property owners filed suit and ask for a temporary restraining order.

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Carleton Duvall 06/15/12 - 11:20 am
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Greater good

Based on current information just presented I am withdrawing my comment.

allhans
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allhans 06/15/12 - 10:00 am
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I don't think it will take

I don't think it will take long for the bikes to pass through the area. They move FAST!!

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RandyDuTeau 06/15/12 - 10:21 am
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The National Time Trial

The National Time Trial Championship next Thursday will be the final selection race for cyclists to earn a spot on the US Paralympics team that will compete in London this summer at the Paralympic Games. This race will also provide a first glimpse of the Elite Women who have been selected to compete on the US Olympic team. Local and national organizers of the championships are aware of the challenges presented with a closed course and have worked to mitigate any hardship faced by those who live within the venue. A detailed plan for the event has been developed in conjunction with the Georgia DOT, SC DOT, the US Army Corps of Engineers, McCormick County, and Columbia County.

Over the last few months a mailer has been sent to those impacted by the venue. In April a local representative made a presentation to the Clarks Hill Lake Association. On race day law enforcement, race officials and volunteer marshals will be onsite to escort non-race vehicles out of or into the venue. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience and ask for the community's understanding in hosting this event.

Last year 1,090 athletes participated in the five-day USA Cycling National Championships, generating an economic impact of nearly $2 million. Approximately 1,000 athletes have registered for this year's event. The event will move to Madison, Wisconsin in 2013. The Augusta Sports Council is grateful for the support of the numerous agencies and organzations that are supporting the entire USA Cycling National Championships. This is, and has been, a great opportunity for our entire region. Please join us next week in welcoming our national guests and please know that we are grateful for the publics understanding as we prepare to host the monumental event.

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David Parker 06/15/12 - 10:29 am
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I figure if litigation is

I figure if litigation is brought, those filing would be seen as very insensitive. The government and public safety are insensitive and rightfully so, but individuals standing against and bringing legal action to stop Juniors and Paralympic competitors from having their race are going to be viewed as icy cold snow-misers. I'm not siding, just stating an observation.

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burninater 06/15/12 - 11:01 am
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"On race day law enforcement,

"On race day law enforcement, race officials and volunteer marshals will be onsite to escort non-race vehicles out of or into the venue."
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Problem solved, and the "what if" march to RCMLA* avoided. Now, if the AC had just contacted a race organizer rather than printing a letter that apparently was unaware of existing accommodations for residents ...

*Road Closure Martial Law Armageddon

MTBer
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MTBer 06/15/12 - 10:54 am
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Escorts

Ummm...Susan, it sounds as though they did take your comments seriously. If I have read correctly what Randy is stating, they do have escorts available if you need egress/ingress.

There sure is a lot of hatred in the CSRA community for foot and cycling activities. Fortunately the powers that be, and the ones we elect for these positions, are not so irritable about sharing a few hours a year so we can have some great events, whether they be for charity (Best Dam Ride) or potential US Olympic attendees.

mosovich
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mosovich 06/15/12 - 11:18 am
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Come on..

Come on, you know it's easier to complain then inquire or read your mail..

countyman
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countyman 06/15/12 - 12:37 pm
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Soapy725... People still

People still live, work, play, and dine in the CBD everyday.. The CBD is used to holding many sporting events including cycling(Tour de Georgia)..

The race does run through the CBD, and it makes sense to spread the event around outside of downtown... Fort Gordon and McCormick County have the ability to hold events too...

I find it hilarious in the other article on the GHSU/ASU merger... Some people said Augusta University/U of Augusta were 'podunk', and 'Augusta' in the name won't attract people from around the country....

The word 'Augusta' can't be considered too podunk, or not have any national recognition.. The US cycling championships came here last year, and returned in 2012..

allhans
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allhans 06/15/12 - 12:27 pm
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What MTBer said.

What MTBer said.

David Parker
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David Parker 06/15/12 - 01:28 pm
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CM forgot to mention the 2012

CM forgot to mention the 2012 and 2013 NCAA National Soccer Championships

http://www.peachbeltconference.org/information/0910news/20100630ncaasoccer

Final Four tournament here at Blanchard Woods. Podunk? as Bill the Cat says "PFFTPT!!!"

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countyman 06/15/12 - 01:51 pm
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Excellent comment... Let's

Excellent comment... Let's add the largest half ironman man in the world, Westobou festival which attracts well over 100k, and the $172 million Starbucks plant in podunk 'Augusta'...

I notice we didn't even have to mention the Masters either..

desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/15/12 - 03:16 pm
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Escorts already in the plan.

Escorts already in the plan. Go figure.

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KSL 06/15/12 - 05:16 pm
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LOL, dcat.

LOL, dcat.

IsAnyoneAlwaysRight
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IsAnyoneAlwaysRight 06/16/12 - 01:05 pm
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Have to admit the lake and dam are a beautiful backdrop!

Good luck athletes; enjoy your special moment ;)

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