SALT LAKE CITY – One of the most popular bicycle races in Utah is making its return for a ninth consecutive run in early August.
When the Tour of Utah begins on Tuesday, Aug. 6, cyclists will be part of the longest event in the brief history of the race.
Those who finish will have trekked through 586 miles and gained more than 43,000 feet in elevation. The race will also pass through eight national forests, monuments and parks as well as six ski resorts, said organizers of the race in a press release.
“There is tremendous anticipation for this year’s race and the new courses,” said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties, in a press release about the event. “The opportunity to bring our race to these national parks and national monuments is unprecedented for professional cycling. Athletically, the Tour of Utah will truly challenge our riders while spectators enjoy the competition against the backdrop of the state’s stunning scenery.”
This year’s course was rated 2.1 for the is the third consecutive year by the Union Cyclist International (UCI), thanks to its tough climbs and descents.
It was given the moniker “America’s Toughest Stage Race” by many of its participants.
It will also be picked up by television stations through each of the five stages.
None will run through Davis County; however, one stage will be through Salt Lake City and another will be North of Ogden City.
“It makes us proud to host the Tour of Utah С one of the world’s premiere professional cycling races,” said Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, in a press release. “Utah’s spectacular and diverse scenery is on the world stage as we host the sport’s elite riders right after the Tour de France. Television viewers will get a peek at ‘The Mighty Five’ С our five spectacular national parks and our red rock country.”
Half of the stages this year will be at least 113 miles long. The shortest stage is the fourth, at 33.8 miles, and the longest is the second, at 131 miles.
The event is free to attend. For more information, visit tourofutah.com.