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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Tour of Utah Professional Bike Race Will Be Held Aug 9-14

Top pro bicycle racers will be in town next week participating in the Tour of Utah, which is billed as the toughest stage bike race in America.

The race will draw considerable media attention, and will definitely affect travel as it moves from Park City through various parts of northern Utah before ending at Snowbird Resort. See the race website for information about the race. The website offers these tidbits:

"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.

Cyclingfan.net has this report about the race. Below are excerpts.

The preliminary start list for the Tour of Utah was released a couple of days ago, and it seems that several big names from this year’s Tour de France will be lining up for the start. Riders such as BMC Racing’s George Hincapie, Garmin Cervelo’s Tom Danielson and last year’s champion Levi Leipheimer from RadioShack will have eyes locked on them to see who will still have the form.

There will be 120 riders and 16 teams starting in the Tour of Utah. The race begins on August 9th and will last six days. The 16 teams will compete for a total of 116,000 dollars over the six days. The race begins in Park City with a prologue time trail. 409 miles later, the race finishes in Snowbird Ski Resort.

UtahPulse.com has this salient summary of the race:

Next is the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah professional cycling race, which takes place Aug. 9-14 in northern Utah. The race is one of the top three pro stage races in North America now, with $116,000 in prize money and five teams coming from Tour de France. Race organizers anticipate a significant, world-wide following during the event, with 300,000 people watching via live web casts each day and another 10 million households watching the event on TV via FOX Sports Network/ROOT Sports. Utah's "Life Elevated®" brand will be at the forefront of all this media coverage, as the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Utah Office of Tourism (UOT), an agency of GOED, and the Utah Sports Commission have partnered to sponsor the professional cycling event.

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