Tour de LA is still a go for 41st running

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By Mike Cote

With just a couple of days left before it’s scheduled to go off, things are still on schedule for the return of the Tour de Los Alamos.
The Tour de Los Alamos will be Sunday. The cycling race, which bills itself as the oldest in the southwestern United States, will follow its traditional loop from N.M. 501 through the Back Gate, down N.M. 4 through White Rock and back up toward Los Alamos National Laboratory. The race will start Sunday morning with a low-speed “parade” from downtown Los Alamos to the Research Park.
As of Thursday night, 78 cyclists had registered online. Event organizer Dave Zerkle said that’s about what he would expect for most years, as the vast majority of racers enter Saturday night or on the day of the race.
Zerkle, who with his wife Carolyn have organized the race since 2006, said even with the concerns about the Thompson Ridge Fire and smoke conditions, a big drop-off in participation for the 2013 race isn’t anticipated.
“It has been a little slower because people were feeling out the fire, but (registration has) improved in the last couple of days,” Zerkle said.
Should the Thompson Ridge Fire threaten the course or if smoke conditions are bad, Zerkle said the Tour would be called off, but he’s not anticipating a need for such drastic measures.

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