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Prelude to "The International"  (formerly the Tour de 'Toona)
"America's Premier Stage Road Race"

Pittsburgh, PA | July 28, 2002

Just 90 miles west of Altoona, home the Tour 'de Toona, The American Flying Mile was launched on an excellent course in the North Side of Pittsburgh, between Heinz Field, home of football's Steelers, and PNC Park, pride of baseball's Pirates. After multiple, progressive men's and women's heats, a final heat decided the top three of each gender. Also honored were the cyclists who logged the fastest overall single mile times, regardless of the heat in which it was achieved.  This was the first time such as event was held as an introduction to the long time Altoona stage race. Pittsburgh was a good choice because of its late, great Thrift Drug Classic, its close proximity to Altoona, and the striking urban and natural backdrop of the course.

For press coverage of The American Flying Mile and the results of The International (formerly Tour 'de Toona), visit:

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The International's new logo
New name, new logo

Pittsburgh skyline race backdrop         Racers turn corner past Heinz Field           Women's final AFM heat
Pittsburgh backdrop         |        Men Turn Corner Past Heinz Field        |         Women's Final Heat      

Men's final AFM heat
Men's Final Heat

Fastest mile time winners - Men       Top 3 Males Overall      Fastest mile time winners - Women     
Fastest Male Milers            |            Top Three Men             |            Fastest Female Milers            |            Top Three Women

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