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2011 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Goes Live!
 
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Date: 6/3/2011
2011 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Goes Live!
 

2011 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Goes Live!
National Television Broadcast Partnership Announced  - Unprecendented National Footprint to over 85 million Households Nightly, Plus Live Web Casting

Organizers of the 2011 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah announced that the August 9-14 professional bicycle race will receive national broadcast television coverage for all six days of the event with FOX Sports Network (FSN). The stage race, featuring some of the world’s best professional teams, also will be available to a worldwide audience via live web casting each day. This is the first time in the event’s seven-year history that broadcast television has been activated for a nationwide fan base.

As the national broadcast broadcast partner, FSN reaches 85+ million homes by way of nearly two dozen regional sports network affiliates across the country. Regional coverage of the Tour of Utah in the Western states will be broadcast by ROOT Sports.

ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain region is based in Denver and is the cable home of the Utah Jazz and Colorado Rockies, among a broad roster of sports programming . And the local broadcast affiliate will be KJZZ TV, an independent broadcast television station based in Salt Lake City which serves households across the entire state of Utah, as well as parts of five other western states.

All broadcast partners will air a one-hour recap show of the professional bicycle race each evening from August 9 to August 13, and a two-hour feature and recap show following the final stage on Sunday August 14. Both FSN and ROOT Sports plan to air nightly recap shows during race week at 11 p.m. (check local listings to confirm air times). KJZZ TV has announced it will air the weeknight and Saturday recap show at 9 p.m. mountain time, and the two-hour Sunday show from 9-11 p.m. mountain time.

“National and regional coverage with Fox Sports Newtork and ROOT Sports is perfect for the Tour of Utah, which has a vast fan base across the country. With a dedicated media partner in Utah’s KJZZ TV, we will run pre-race promotional spots to generate a local buzz for the event,” stated Steve Milller, president of Utah Cycling Partnership which owns the Tour of Utah. “The daily recap program is being produced by Ralph Mole’ of Windfall Productions. He brings us experience with pro cycling from the Tour DuPont era as well as Olympic Games production services.”

Windfall Productions will piece together four to five hours of daily video footage for each nightly show. Multiple camera operators will utilize creative resources, such as motorcycles, helicopters and roof tops throughout the week to capture the breakaways, sprints and competitive excitement of the six-day event. Mole' is one of the most diverse producers/directors in the freelance sports marketplace. He has been a member of four Emmy award winning TV production units over his 35 years. He returns to Utah, having directed the host broadcast feed of Alpine Downhill and Super-G for International Sports Broadcasting at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

Live web casting will be provided by Utah Cycling Partnership, which owns the Tour of Utah, via the official event web site, www.tourofutah.com. Social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Flickr, will continue to be used to engage cycling fans in advance of the event and during race week.

The 7th edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will consist of an opening prologue and five stages. The Prologue will take place at Utah Olympic Park on Tuesday, August 9. Stage races will be hosted the next two days by Ogden and Provo, respectively. On August 12 an individual time trial will be held for the fourth consecutive year at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. This will be followed on Saturday by a circuit race in downtown Salt Lake City and the closing “Queen Stage” on Sunday from Park City to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

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 7th 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 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. www.lhm.com

About FSN - FSN is the nation’s leading provider of local sports. Through its 19 owned-and-operated regional networks, FSN serves as the TV home to more than half of all MLB, NHL, and NBA teams. FSN’s nationwide roster of regional sports networks includes FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Houston, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Tennessee, FOX Sports West, FOX Sports Wisconsin, PRIME Ticket, SportSouth, and Sun Sports. FSN produces over 5,000 live local events each year, including more than 3,200 in high definition, making FSN the most prolific producers of HD Sports programming in the country. In addition to its thousands of home team games and a wide variety of locally produced sports programs, FSN televises national collegiate sports events and programs, including football and basketball from the Pac-10, Conference USA, SEC, and ACC, as well as Big 12 football.

About ROOT SPORTS™ - ROOT SPORTS™ (formerly FSN Rocky Mountain) is the cable home of the Colorado Rockies, Utah Jazz, University of Colorado, University of Denver, Big 12 Football & Women’s Basketball, Pac-10 Football & Basketball and ACC Basketball. The network reaches more than 2.6 million viewers across nine states and delivers more than 350 live events each year – all of which are also available in high definition. ROOT SPORTS™ is owned and operated by DIRECTV Sports Networks LLC, which operates regional sports networks in the Northwest, Pittsburgh and Rocky Mountain regions. The three networks combined reach more than 8.7 million viewers across 18 states and own exclusive programming and distribution partnerships with more than 25 teams and conferences. DIRECTV Sports Networks is a controlled subsidiary of DIRECTV, the world’s most popular television service.

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 event.
 www.medalistsports.com.


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