This week, organizers for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, revealed this year’s race route, which will take riders over 712 miles – and for the first time into parts of Idaho.
In addition, the UCI has given the Tour of Utah a bump in status as well this year, putting it on the same level as the Amgen Tour of California and the USA Pro Challenge.
This year’s “queen stage,” stage 6, will take riders over 13,000 feet of elevation gain, to the finish in Snowbird.
“With the route for the Tour of Utah changing each year, we are proud to design courses that continue to challenge the best cyclists on the planet with the toughest mountain terrain,” said Jenn Andrs, executive director of the Tour of Utah. “The race route gives us an opportunity to showcase the diverse beauty of northern Utah, and a portion of Idaho for the first time, making it a win-win scenario for new communities and cycling fans.”
Details for the women’s race were also released this week as well, which will entail two days of criterium racing on August 3-4.
Stage 1: August 3, Logan, 132 miles
Stage 2: August 4, Tremonton to Ogden, 100.3 miles
Stage 3: August 5, Antelope Island State Park to Bountiful, 107.9 miles
Stage 4: August 6, Soldier Hollow in Heber Valley, 128.7 miles
Stage 5: August 7, Salt Lake City, 55 miles
Stage 6: August 8, Salt Lake City to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, 110.4 miles
Stage 7: August 9, Park City, 78 miles
Day 1: August 3, Logan
Day 2: August 4, Ogden
Organizers of the 2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah today published maps and route details on its website for all seven days of the men’s professional cycling stage race on Aug. 3-9. A field of 16 of the best men’s cycling teams in the world will compete over 712 miles and 51,442 feet of elevation gain, solidifying “America’s Toughest Stage Race” as the most challenging 2.HC race in North America, sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
With the overall start in Logan, the Tour of Utah will not only cover new territory in northern Utah, it will also roll through Idaho for the first time. This is the second time in the 11-year history of the Tour that a second state has been accessed for the race route (Wyoming visited in 2014). Across Utah, the race will visit four new counties, three new state parks and one new ski resort. Overall, the race route will pass by a record 10 ski resorts this summer. The first four days of racing will feature completely new mountain terrain along the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. New routes will also be offered in Salt Lake City for the returning Friday circuit race and the start of Saturday’s “Queen Stage.”
Start times for the first five stages have been modified to accommodate live national television broadcasts on FOX Sports Network (FSN). Stage 1 to Stage 4 will be covered live from 1-3 p.m. MT. The majority of Stage 5 will be featured in a 5-7 p.m. MT time slot for live coverage. FSN will broadcast the final two hours of Stage 6 and Stage 7 in the traditional 2-4 p.m. MT time slot across the U.S. FSN will also broadcast evening highlight shows, and TourTracker will provide start-to-finish live race coverage via web cast and mobile applications all week.
Courses and start times for the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic have also been announced. On Monday, Aug. 3, the Criterium Classic will take place from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on a 1.5-mile circuit in downtown Logan. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the second day of racing will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on a 1.45-mile circuit in downtown Ogden.
2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Route Highlights
“With the route for the Tour of Utah changing each year, we are proud to design courses that continue to challenge the best cyclists on the planet with the toughest mountain terrain,” said Jenn Andrs, executive di- rector of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, a division of Miller Sports Properties. “The race route gives us an opportunity to showcase the diverse beauty of northern Utah, and a portion of Idaho for the first time, mak- ing it a win-win scenario for new communities and cycling fans.”
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah gained international status in 2011 when it was sanctioned by the UCI, the global governing body of the sport of cycling. In 2015 the race has been elevated to a 2.HC rating, one of only three such multi-day events in North America. This year’s Tour of Utah will continue as the first interna- tionally-sanctioned cycling competition in North America for men following the Tour de France.
Organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah have confirmed that 11 women’s professional and domestic elite cycling teams have accepted invitations to race at the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic on Aug. 3-4. The Criterium Classic is sanctioned by USA Cycling as part of the National Criterium Calendar (NCC).
The omnium-style competition will take place in Logan, Utah on Aug. 3 and Ogden, Utah on Aug. 4, held in conjunction with the first two days of the week-long Larry H. Miller Tour of
Utah men’s stage race.
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