After literally months of planning and organization, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah began on Monday in Logan, and will reach Davis County tomorrow (Friday, Aug. 4). As outlined in our events guide we published in the Davis Clipper last week, racers will leave Constitution Circle in Layton about 8:45 a.m. and should conclude along Bountiful’s Main Street at about 1:45 p.m. Included in this year’s route is a trek through Hill Air Force Base (see separate story).
Admission is free to watch the Tour of Utah and for spectators to take part in festival activities, making professional road cycling one of the most unique sports in the world. A complete listing of race starts and festival activities can be found on individual stage pages at the Tour’s web site, www.tourofutah.com/stages.
One hour prior to the race start each day, the Papa John’s Rider Sign-In and Autograph Alley allows fans to interact with the world’s best cyclists for photographs and signatures. All athletes will parade along a special walkway -- Autograph Alley -- where spectators will be allowed to interact with the professional athletes. Race announcers will interview athletes from the Sign-In stage, providing insights into the peloton.
Stage finish areas feature the Harmons Healthy Living Expo. Each interactive festival area serves as a gateway to the finish line every day. The Harmons Healthy Living Expo delivers an array of interactive exhibits, official Tour merchandise, concessions, and live entertainment, including jumbo television screens to watch the race unfold as it heads to the finish. Admission is free to the Expo, which will be located adjacent to the finish line for all seven stages. This year is unique in that three host venues -- Logan, South Jordan City and Salt Lake City -- will have both start and finish festivities for their respective stages, which will offer activities throughout the day in close proximity to the start/finish lines.
The Sprint to the Finish Kids’ Bike Races presented by University of Utah Health are recreational bicycle races for children ages five to 12. This is an opportunity for children to ride their own bicycles on part of the course used by the pros. It is free to participate, once a parent or guardian has signed a waiver at the University of Utah Health tent in the Harmons Healthy Living Expo. Children must bring their own bicycles and helmets. A Sprint to the Finish race will be held daily except on Aug. 5. Races will be held at 11 a.m. in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Noon in Logan, Snowbasin Resort, South Jordan City and Bountiful, and 1:30 p.m. in Salt Lake City.
In Layton on Thursday night, pre-race events for Stage 5 take place 5-9 p.m. and include vendor booths, food trucks, and a free concert in the park featuring Beatles tribute band IMAGINE, (7 p.m.) On Friday, spectator activities in Layton run from 8-11:30 a.m., and include vendor booths, food vendors, kids toys and activities, kids bike race, autograph alley, and fan viewing for the Utah Sports Commission Sprint line, expected between 11-11:30 a.m.
A Street Party in Farmington will take place at 10 S. Main Street from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There will be food trucks, face painting, chalk art on the sidewalk, Dartside dart-tag, music, Utah Highway Patrol’s seatbelt simulator, balloon artist and giveaways.
Bountiful festivities begin with live music at 10:30 a.m., followed by kid’s bicycle rodeo (enter to win two bicycles), an obstacle course for children and adults, and a second local band performing at Noon. Food vendors include Donut Kabobs, Coldstone Ice Cream, El Taco Cart, Taste of Polynesia and Pizza Pie Cafe.