29 June 2011

2011 Tour of Utah Route

Yesterday, the Tour of Utah held a press conference to reveal the route for the 2011 Tour of Utah. I unfortunately couldn't attend the press conference, but here is the press release that they posted on their website.
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (June 28, 2011) – All 409 miles of climbs, descents, twists, and turns of the six-day Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah were revealed today by event organizers. The sixth season for this prestigious professional cycling event will begin with a new uphill Prologue at Utah Olympic Park on Tuesday, August 9. There will be a combination of familiar terrain and fresh territory for the five stages, including a new circuit course in downtown Salt Lake City. The Tour of Utah culminates on Sunday, August 14, with its signature mountaintop stage finish at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

“The route this year will definitely challenge the best cyclists from around the globe. We expect each course to be packed with spectators, while enjoying the striking parts of the state of Utah and the local communities. Six days of challenging courses and terrain will not only test pro cyclists, but showcase Utah in a national and international spotlight,” said Steve Miller, president of the Utah Cycling Partnership which owns the Tour of Utah.

The six-day race and rolling festival was elevated this year by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to a 2.1-rated stage race, which makes it one of the top three pro cycling events of its kind for North America. The Tour of Utah promises to uphold its distinction as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM” with close to 30,000 feet of climbing over the total route, as well as providing stunning scenery along the Wasatch Front in and around six unique Host Venues.

The Overall Start on August 9 debuts at legendary Utah Olympic Park (UOP) in Park City with an uphill Prologue, presented by KJZZ-TV and KFAN (Sports Radio-AM 1320). The Prologue, a short preliminary time trial to establish the race leader, will cover 1.25 miles (2 km). But it won’t be a full-throttle sprint, as the pro cyclists will have to climb the entire distance. The start will be located at the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, which houses the Alf Engen Ski Museum and 2002 Eccles Winter Olympic Museum. The finish will be located at the summit of UOP, near the start house of the sliding track used for bobsled, luge and skeleton. This acclaimed 389-acre facility has been recognized as having the fastest sliding track and highest-elevated ski jumps in the world. The stage will begin at 2 p.m. and end at approximately 4:30 p.m.

The Stage One Road Race, presented by Miller Lite, is the longest stage of the week at 116 miles (187 km). This start and finish line on Wednesday is located in downtown Ogden on Historic 25th Street near the Ogden Amphitheater. Pro cyclists will encounter 8,250 feet of climbing, navigating a 38.5-mile course three times. This includes multiple climbs over the challenging North Ogden Pass, traveling past Pineview Reservoir and returning to Ogden through Ogden Canyon. This makes it a great day for spectators to see the peloton pass numerous times. It is the first time Ogden will host a start and finish for the Tour of Utah. A climbing stage with a flat finish, it will begin at 11 a.m. in Ogden and is expected to finish between 3:45-4:30 p.m.

The Stage Two Road Race, presented by Adobe, provides a rolling, 100-mile (161 km) course that offers a new finish line area in Provo. For the second year in a row, the start line of this stage is located at the headquarters of XANGO (a leading global nutrition company) on the north side of Utah Lake, less than 20 miles away from Provo. The peloton will encounter 2,820 feet of rolling hills as they ride around the west side of Utah Lake, passing through Goshen, Mona, Santaquin, and Springville. After passing near Brigham Young University in Provo, cyclists will finish at Vivint headquarters (one of the largest home automation companies in North America) at The Shops at Riverwoods on N. University Avenue in Provo. This is the first time in four years that Provo is an official host city. The start will begin at 11 a.m. and the finish should be between 2:45-3:30 p.m.

Miller Motorsports Park will host the Stage Three Individual Time Trial, presented by UnitedHealthcare, on August 12. It is the fourth consecutive year this “race of truth” will be contested near Tooele, Utah at this state-of-the-art road racing facility completed in 2006 for automobiles, motorcycles and karts. This year’s route is very similar to previous years, with both the start and finish located in front of the facility’s pit row area. At 9.7 miles (14.5 km), the time trial course has 16 turns on the race track, including one out-and-back section and a turnaround area within walking distance of pit row. In this exciting event, cyclists take turns racing against the clock, going at intervals on the course rather than a large peloton, or pack. Because of high temperatures that occur on the race track in the middle of the day, the athletes will begin taking turns in the ITT at 5 p.m. The competition should conclude by 8 p.m.

A new course is expected to draw huge crowds on Saturday, with the Stage Four Circuit Race, presented by University of Utah Health Care, in downtown Salt Lake City. The Prologue has been hosted by Salt Lake City in past years, but this year the capital city has planned a high-intensity 81.4-mile (131-km) race with a total of 7,246 feet of climbing. The circuit is 7.4 miles in length, which will require cyclists to make 11 laps. The course begins on Capitol Hill and continues through City Creek Canyon. It continues along 11th Avenue through the Avenues neighborhood and south on Virginia Street into the Federal Heights neighborhood. The peloton should fly along tree-lined Presidents Circle on the University of Utah campus then sprint along South Temple Street, past the Governor’s Mansion and under Eagle Gate to Capitol Hill for the finish. The circuit race begins at 1 p.m. and is expected to finish at close to 4:30 p.m.

The Tour of Utah returns to Park City on Sunday for the start of the Stage Five Road Race, presented by Zions Bank. This is the showcase “Queen Stage” of the Tour with the epic mountaintop finish at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. It is the fourth consecutive year for this century (161-km) route, which features four significant mountain climbs and a total of 10,900 vertical feet of elevation gain. Going east from Newpark Town Center in Park City, one of the first climbs is along the Jordanelle Reservoir near Kamas. The next major climb is past Midway along the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, an 8.7-mile climb that crosses Mt. Timpanogos near Sundance Resort. After a descent down American Fork Canyon (Hwy. 92) through Uinta National Forest, riders head over the Suncrest Drive climb and past Sandy City. The final climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon covers 3,000 vertical feet in six miles, with 8-12 percent gradients, to the finish at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah began as the Thanksgiving Point Stage Race & Cycling Festival, a three-day event over Memorial Day weekend in 2004. The Utah Cycling Partnership, owned by family members from the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, purchased the event in 2007 and re-launched the cycling event in 2008. The race had grown from 9,000 feet of climbing in the first years to nearly 30,000 feet of elevation gain, gaining reputation as “America’s Toughest Stage Race”. The Tour of Utah is now sanctioned by both USA Cycling, Inc. and the UCI.

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah continues to be free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique pro sports in the world today. Information about teams, VIP Packages, The Ultimate Challenge and additional event information can be found by visiting http://www.tourofutah.com/, with updates on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah

Deemed "America's Toughest Stage Race," the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a six-day, six-stage, professional bicycle road race along the Rocky Mountain's Wasatch Range. It traditionally covers more than 400 total miles of racing through some of Utah's most beautiful and challenging terrain. Now in its seventh year, the 2011 Tour of Utah is scheduled to take place August 9-14 as a UCI 2.1 sanctioned road race for the best pro cyclists in the world. The event is owned and operated by the Utah Cycling Partnership. The 2011 Tour of Utah will be accompanied by a colorful, rolling festival celebration that will take place at each day’s finish line host venue. More information can be found by visiting http://www.tourofutah.com./

About the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies

The Larry H. Miller Group of Companies began with a single automotive dealership, Larry H. Miller Toyota, in Murray, Utah in 1979. Since that time, the Group has amassed more than 80 businesses and properties in the western United States. Most notable are the Utah Jazz NBA professional basketball franchise, EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, the Salt Lake Bees Class-AAA professional baseball affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, state-of-the-art Miller Motorsports Park, Megaplex Theatres across Utah and 40 automobile dealerships representing 23 different automotive brands in seven Western states. The company website is http://www.lhm.com/.

About Medalist Sports

Medalist Sports, LLC is an international, full-service, sports management and production company. An industry leader, Medalist Sports specializes in the successful planning, promotion and management of special events, ranging from professional competitions to amateur experiences, to cause-related/fundraising events. Members of the Medalist team are proud to have been involved with and helped manage such events and properties as Tour DuPont, Tour of China, Amgen Tour of California, USA Pro Cycling Challenge, Tour de Georgia, Tour of Missouri, the Lance Armstrong Foundation (Livestrong Challenge), USA Cycling Professional Championships, the Tour of Hope, The Dempsey Challenge presented by Amgen and more. Medalist Sports’ headquarters are located south of metro Atlanta at P.O. Box 415, Tyrone, Ga. 30290. The company website is http://www.medalistsports.com/.
I can't wait! I'll be at several of the stages - as work allows.

1 comment:

Kelly Hill said...

Firstly, I did NOT read all of that. Too long. And boring. ;) But I always read YOUR words, all of them. I do have a question. How did we get to attend the Miller Sportspark thing last year? Can we do that again this year? I know you enjoyed that immensely, so I just wondered. Okay, bye. Gotta do some math.