Organizers of the 2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah have announced route details for all seven (7) days of the Men’s Professional Cycling Stage(s) of the Tour of UTAH race, on Aug. 3rd to 9th 2015. A field of 16 of the best [Five (5) Man] cycling teams, in the world, will compete over a grueling 712 mile(s), and traverse 51,442 feet of elevation(s), solidifying “America’s Toughest Stage Race”, the most challenging 2.HC race in North America (sanctioned by the “Union Cycliste Internationale” (“UCI”), headquartered in Aigle, Switzerland. [ http://www.uci.ch ]
With the Grand-Opening Start in Logan UTAH, the Tour of Utah will not only cover new territory throughout Northern Utah, it will also roll through a portion of Southern Idaho for the first time; a momentous moment for both Utah and Idaho! This is the second time in the 11-year history of the Tour of Utah that a second State has been accessed for the Tour of Utah race route (Wyoming was honored and visited in 2014). Across Utah, the bike-race will visit four new Counties, three (3) new State Parks (Bear Lake State Park, Antelope Island State Park and Wasatch Mountain State Park), and, one (1) new Ski Resort (Beaver Mountain, of Logan Canyon, Utah).
Overall, the race route will pass by a record Ten (10) Ski Resorts this (2015) Summer. The first four (4) days of bike-racing will feature new Utah and Idaho Mountain Terrain, along the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. New routes also will be offered in Salt Lake City for the returning Friday Circuit-Race, and, the start of Saturday’s “Queen Stage.” Snowbird is proud to host the Queen Stage of the 2015 Tour of Utah. Just like the road to Alpe-d’Huez in the Tour de France, Little Cottonwood Canyon will challenge the competitors with close to 3,000 feet of elevation gain over a six-mile climb with 8-12% gradients.
Tour of Utah Start Time(s), for the first five stages, have been modified to accommodate live national television broadcasts on FOX Sports Network (FSN). Logan Stage 1 to Stage 4 will be covered, live, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. US/MST. The majority of Stage 5 will be featured in a 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. US/MST timeslot for its live coverage. FSN will broadcast the final two (2) hours of Stage 6 and Stage 7 in the traditional 2 p.m. to 4 p.m US/MST timeslot across the U.S. Also, FSN will broadcast an evening(s) highlight(s) show(s), and, TourTracker, ( http://thetourtracker.com ) will provide start-to-finish live race coverage via web cast and mobile applications, all week long.
Courses and Start Times for the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic has also been announced.
On Monday, Aug. 3, the Women’s Criterium Classic will take place from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. US/MST, on a 1.5-mile circuit in lovely Downtown Logan Utah. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, the second day of racing will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. US/MST on a 1.45-mile circuit in Historic Downtown Ogden.
“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 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, making 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 Bike Race has been elevated to a 2.HC rating, one of only three (3) such multi-day events in North America. This year’s Tour of Utah will continue as the first internationally-sanctioned cycling competition in North America for men followed only by the Tour de France.
Stage 1: Logan Utah (Cache Co.) to Bear Lake Utah (Rich Co.), and back to Logan Utah. It is the longest Opening Day event in Tour of Utah’s history, at a grueling 132 miles, of mountainous and lakeside course(s). The route(s) will take riders from the Start/Finish line of Downtown Logan Utah, through scenic, mountainous, Logan Canyon State Park, and, through the Raspberry and Vacation land(s) of Garden City Utah; then, the Racers will navigate, first, downhill, thru switch-backs, dropping over 1500 feet in a three (3) mile run, and onto a 48 mile loop around Bear Lake, also known as the “Caribbean of the Rockies” for its turquoise-colored waters. The Racers will roll clockwise through the southern portion(s) of Idaho for the first time, around the north side of Bear Lake and then southward around the east shores of Bear Lake. Racers will then complete the trip around Bear Lake by returning, from the south, going north through Garden City Utah, and, once again back for a second time, now uphill, thru switch-backs, rising over 1500 feet in a three (3) mile run, back again, through Logan Canyon, Racers will pass, once again, the “Great Skiing Area” of Beaver Mountain Ski Resort, on their way back towards Logan Utah, this time, enjoying their speeds provided, in part, by cycling downhill!
There will be two circuits in downtown Logan Utah. The Men’s Finish Line is along North 100 East and Federal Avenue. Spectators in downtown Logan will also be treated to the Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic the same day, which uses the same Start/Finish Line as the men’s.
Stage 2 presented by Workers Compensation Fund will see the Tour of Utah start for the first time in Tremonton Utah, then through Garland Utah and on their way to Ogden Utah skirting the northern edge of one of the largest bird refuges in North America (Bear River Migratory Bird Sanctuary) and Willard Bay. Racers will enjoy the wide, rural roadway(s) of Box Elder County, including the famous Fruit Highway (Hwy 89). Rolling along the Wasatch Front through Honeyville, past famous Crystal Hot Springs (Mineral Baths), and on to Brigham City (Peach City). Then on to community(s) of Perry, Willard, Pleasant View, Utah, the race will then enter Weber County Utah, and, into the City of Ogden Utah. The Tour of Utah route then heads west through Ogden Canyon, and around Pineview Reservoir area and Eden before returning to Ogden City via the North Ogden Divide. Once the Racers re-enters Historic Downtown Ogden City, the spectators will be treated to a Three (3) Lap Sprint (2.28-mile) Circuit that will finish on Historic 25th Street across from Ogden Municipal Gardens. This is the first time the Tour of Utah has returned to Ogden for a Stage #2 Finish, since 2012. A similar Downtown Ogden Circuit will be used for the Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic.
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