Especially in Professional Women cycling circles, there is a lot of interest in returning for the International Tour de ' Toona series of races in the Altoona Area this summer. Coming up with the money needed to stage the event is the only thing standing in the way of the event returning to Blair County in August. Race promoter , organizer, and State Representative Rick Geist says especially when it comes to the professional women riders, planning for the event is already in place. Geist says everything is in place to host a full week long series of stage races that would bring back to this region many of the best female riders in the world. Tentative plans call for the event to run from August 23'rd to the 29'th. The only thing still needed is firm commitments from corporate and other sponsors to cover the projected prize purse of $50 thousand and the overall $300 thousand cost of staging the Tour.
Race organizers are currently going all out to try and lock down the sponsorships needed to fund this year's tour. With about 30 days until they will have to let racers know if the event is on or off, an announcement on the future of the tour is expected within a couple of weeks.