2009 Tour of Utah - Stages Announced
America's Toughest Stage Race, The Tour of Utah Rolls out it's Third Edition
on August 18th 2009 - Six stages, 325 miles, & $45,000 purse.
The 2009 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
Presented by Zions Bank
SALT LAKE CITY (November 24, 2008) – Terry
McGinnis, Executive Director of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Presented by
Zions Bank, announced the dates for the 2009 cycling race today. Billed as
“America’s Toughest Stage Race,” the Tour will feature more climbing than any
other bicycle stage race in the United States: a prologue, five stages, and 325
miles over six days. Dates for the event are August 18
through 23, 2009.
“With a $45,000 prize purse and NRC status (USA Cycling National Race
Calendar) we expect to attract the best cycling teams in North America for the
2009 race,” said Executive Director Terry McGinnis. “We had an outstanding field
for last year’s race and they were treated to great crowds along the routes.
Given the terrain the race covers, pro riders in the U.S. have a rare
opportunity to compete in a Tour de France style race unlike any other in North
America. Multiple long climbs are uncommon in U.S. racing where criterium events
are the norm.”
The 2009 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Stages:
Prologue - 8/18: 1.4 Miles
This first day features a 1.4 mile uphill course in the heart of
downtown Salt Lake City. A perfect event to establish the race’s first leaders.
Stage 1 - 8/19: Ogden to Salt Lake 82 Miles
With a fast start at Ogden Canyon, riders will face two tough climbs and 82
miles with an exciting finish at Research Park in Salt Lake City.
Stage 2 - 8/20: Thanksgiving Point to Mount Nebo
A new stage this year, Thanksgiving Point to Nebo is a mostly flat course with
the exception of a grueling 20 mile climb to the summit finish.
Stage 3 - 8/21: Miller Motorsports Park Individual
A10-mile time trial on a loop course starting and finishing at the Miller
Motorsports Park, a world-class race track, in Tooele, Utah.
Stage 4 - 8/22: Park City to Snowbird*
The “Queen Stage,” with a mountaintop finish following five fierce climbs. From
Park City, through the outskirts of Salt Lake to Snowbird Ski Resort—a road race
of 99 mountainous miles.
Stage 5 8/23: Salt Lake Downtown
The downtown Salt Lake criterium is a 90-minute speed festival around a flat,
four-cornered track around the City County building and Library Square. Fast and
furious, the circuit is one mile in length. After 90 minutes, the winner’s will
have completed 40 to 45 miles.
Race staff includes, President Steve Miller; Executive Director Terry McGinnis;
Deputy Director Karen Weiss; Operations Director Chad Sperry; Course Director
Brad Ross; Venue Director Bill Warburton; Technical Director Jeff Lorenzen;
Volunteer Director Kellie Storms; Media Director Tre Hendricks; and Public
Relations Director Linda Luchetti.
About the Larry H. Miller Group -
The Larry H. Miller Group is a consortium of companies owning automotive,
sports, entertainment and other enterprises in and around Salt Lake City,
including the Utah Jazz and Miller Motorsports Park. The Larry H. Miller Group’s
involvement with the Tour of Utah dates back to 2006, when the Tour delivered
Utah its biggest cycling event in history. More info:
http://www.lhm.com/ About Larry Miller:
About Zions Bank - Zions
Bancorporation is one of the nation's premier financial services companies,
consisting of a collection of great banks in select high growth markets. Zions
operates over 500 full-service banking offices in Arizona, California, Colorado,
Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.
For more information about the Tour, stage profiles and other
details, visit www.tourofutah.com
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