A combined total of 43,000 vertical feet, climbing over 586 miles in six days. These are the critical stats that define this year’s Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. What is not in these stats is the extremely high caliber of cyclists who will be coming to Utah to compete. The Tour of Utah is now recognized as one of the top ten cycling races in the world. Most of the same professional teams that competed in this year’s Tour de France will be in the state in August.
There are two new stages to pay close attention to. The Southern Utah route follows Highway 12 from Panguitch to Torrey. This will be one of the most scenic venues in the world. The Utah Office of Tourism is sponsoring this stage and Utah Stories will be there to cover the action.
The other stage we are looking forward to is on Saturday, August 10th from Snowbasin to Snowbird. Riders will climb over 10,600 vertical feet in 113 miles. What makes this stage especially interesting is that organizers will open the event to non-professional cyclists for “The Ultimate Challenge.” Last year, 500 riders from 22 states and three countries participated. This year they believe there will be an even bigger turnout.
For the 2013 Tour Fox Sports Network will provide 18 hours of national coverage, 12 of which will be live coverage. The year’s tour board is greatly encouraging locals to get involved by volunteering, visiting stage finish lines, cheering along the way, or participating in the various ultimate challenge events.
Visit http://www.tourofutah.com for more information.