Northern Utah Route Introduces Five New Host Venues for Tour of Utah Cycling Event in 2015
Women’s Edition Expands with Two-Day Criterium Classic
Pioneering a new trail for professional cycling across northern Utah, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will include five new host venues in 2015. Using a series of announcements on social media platforms today, organizers of the Tour of Utah announced the 10 locations that will host start and finish lines for the 11th edition of the race on Monday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. For the first time, the event also will include a two-day competition for women.
The overall start for the weeklong competition and rolling festival will begin in Logan, located in the northernmost section of the Wasatch Mountain Range. Tremonton and Bountiful join Logan as first-time host cities for the Tour. Two additional inaugural stops are state parks Antelope Island State Park in Davis County and Soldier Hollow, which is part of Wasatch Mountain State Park in the Heber Valley. Returning host venues are Ogden, Park City, Salt Lake City, and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, which have all provided a start or finish line for the Tour seven or more times. Salt Lake City is hosting two stages during race week for the fourth time.
“The Tour of Utah elects to change the race route each year as is traditional in the Grand Tours of Europe,” said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties, which organizes the Tour of Utah. “We are excited to explore the scenic, open roads of northern Utah with five new host venues as well as return to the favorite locales of our fans along the Wasatch Front. We have a tremendous lineup of host venues for a week of world-class cycling next summer.”
Tour of Utah organizers have expanded competitive racing for elite and professional women’s teams to include two full days of racing. Logan and Ogden will host the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic. The event, an omnium format, is part of the National Criterium Calendar with USA Cycling and will be held Aug. 3-4.
This year’s host venues allow the Tour of Utah to expand to the most northern sections of the state. This area along the western Rocky Mountains includes some of the most scenic canyons, alpine terrain and waterways. From race stages on the largest island in the Great Salt Lake (Antelope Island in Davis County for Stage 3) to the site of 23 Nordic events at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games (Soldier Hollow in the Heber Valley), the 2015 Tour will offer unique venues for both competitors and spectators. Details regarding each stage route (race mileage, elevation gain, start/finish times) and spectator festivities will be announced in the coming months.
"The Utah Sports Commission has been proud to be involved and see the Tour of Utah become a significant event in Utah, generating economic impact and worldwide exposure for Utah," said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.
In 2014, the Tour of Utah set records with 275,000 spectators and $20 million in economic impact for the state. The seven-day event, known “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM”, featured 753 miles of racing and 57,863 vertical feet of climbing for 16 of the best men’s professional teams in the U.S. and abroad. American Tom Danielson of Team Garmin-Sharp claimed the overall title for the weeklong Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah for a second year in a row. The inaugural Tour of Utah Women’s Edition presented by PlayHard GiveBack was held on Aug. 6, a 15-lap circuit race at Miller Motorsports Park, and was won by American Coryn Rivera of UnitedHealthcare.
Next year’s Tour of Utah will continue as the first internationally-sanctioned cycling competition in North America following the Tour de France. More information about the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (@thetourofutah #TOU14), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (2014 Tour of Utah).
2015 Tour of Utah route
Stage 1: Monday, August 3, Logan
Stage 2: Tuesday, August 4, Tremonton to Ogden Stage 3: Wednesday, August 5, Antelope Island State Park to Bountiful Stage 4: Thursday, August 6, Soldier Hollow to Heber Valley Stage 5: Friday, August 7, Salt Lake City Stage 6: Saturday, August 8, Salt Lake City to Snowbird Ski Stage 7: Sunday, August 9, Summer Resort Park City
About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, referred to as "America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM," is a week-long, professional stage race for the best cycling teams in the world. In 2014, the Tour of Utah expanded to seven days of racing and community festivals. The 2014 Tour of Utah covered 753 miles of racing and 57,863 feet of climbing. The 2015 event has been elevated to a 2.HC-rated stage race, making it one of the premier events in North America. A total of 16 professional teams, including six from the Tour de France, competed in 2014, bringing 122 athletes from 24 countries. The Tour added competitions for the top professional and elite women’s cycling teams in 2014.
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