2011 Tour of Utah - Parcours Revealed
Route Details were announced for the 6th edition of the Six-Day Tour of Utah
opens with uphill prologue gravity test
UCI 2.1 August 9 -14, 2011
“America’s Toughest Stage Race”TM
All 409 miles of climbs, descents, twists, and turns of the six-day Larry H.
Miller Tour of Utah were revealed today by event organizers. The sixth season
for this prestigious professional bike fight will begin with a new uphill
Prologue at Utah Olympic Park on Tuesday, August 9. There will be a combination
of familiar terrain and fresh territory for the five stages, including a new
circuit course in downtown Salt Lake City. The Tour of Utah culminates on
Sunday, August 14, with its signature mountaintop stage finish at Snowbird Ski
and Summer Resort.
“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.
The six-day race and rolling festival was elevated this year by the Union
Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to a 2.1-rated stage race, which makes it one of
the top three pro cycling events of its kind for North America. The Tour of Utah
promises to uphold its distinction as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM”
with close to 30,000 feet of climbing over the total route, as well as providing
stunning scenery along the Wasatch Front in and around six unique Host Venues.
Prologue 2 km
The Overall Start on August 9 debuts at legendary Utah Olympic Park (UOP) in
Park City with an uphill Prologue, presented by KJZZ-TV and KFAN (Sports
Radio-AM 1320). The Prologue, a short preliminary time trial to establish the
race leader, will cover 1.25 miles (2 km). But it won’t be a full-throttle
sprint, as the pro cyclists will have to climb the entire distance.
The start will be located at the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, which
houses the Alf Engen Ski Museum and 2002 Eccles Winter Olympic Museum. The
finish will be located at the summit of UOP, near the start house of the sliding
track used for bobsled, luge and skeleton. This acclaimed 389-acre facility has
been recognized as having the fastest sliding track and highest-elevated ski
jumps in the world.
The stage begins at 2 p.m. and end at approximately 4:30 p.m. (all times Central
Stage 1 Road Circuit Race 187 km
The first stage will be presented by Miller Lite, is the
longest stage of the week at 116 miles (187 km). The start and finish line on
Wednesday is located in downtown Ogden on Historic 25th Street near the Ogden
Amphitheater. The riders will confront 8,250 feet of climbing, navigating a
38.5-mile course three times. This includes multiple climbs over the challenging
North Ogden Pass, traveling past Pineview Reservoir and returning to Ogden
through Ogden Canyon.
It will be a great day for spectators to see the peloton pass numerous times.
It is the first time Ogden will host a start and finish for the Tour of Utah. A
climbing stage with a flat finish, it will begin at 11 a.m. in Ogden and is
expected to finish between 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Stage 2 Utah Lake - Provo 161 km
Stage 2 is presented by Adobe, provides a rolling, 100-mile (161 km)
course that offers a new finish line area in Provo. For the second year in a
row, the start line of this stage is located at the headquarters of Xango (a
leading global nutrition company) on the north side of Utah Lake, less than 20
miles away from Provo.
The peloton will encounter 2,820 feet of rolling hills as they ride around
the west side of Utah Lake, passing through Goshen, Mona, Santaquin, and
Springville. After passing near Brigham Young University in Provo, cyclists will
finish at Vivint headquarters (one of the largest home automation companies in
North America) at The Shops at Riverwoods on North University Avenue in Provo.
This is the first time in four years that Provo is an official host city.
The start will begin at 11 a.m. and the finish should be between 2:45-3:30 p.m.
Stage 3 Individual Time Trial 14.5 km
Miller Motorsports Park will host the Stage Three Individual Time Trial,
presented by UnitedHealthcare, on August 12. It is the fourth consecutive year
this “race of truth” will be contested near Tooele, Utah at this
state-of-the-art road racing facility completed in 2006 for automobiles,
motorcycles and karts.
This year’s route is very similar to previous years, with both the start and
finish located in front of the facility’s pit row area. At 9.7 miles (14.5 km),
the time trial course has 16 turns on the race track, including one out-and-back
section and a turnaround area within walking distance of pit row. In this
exciting event, cyclists take turns racing against the clock, going at intervals
on the course rather than a large peloton, or pack. Because of high temperatures
that occur on the race track in the middle of the day, the athletes will begin
taking turns in the ITT at 5 p.m. The competition should conclude by 8 p.m.
Stage Four Salt Lake City Circuit Race 131 km
A new course is expected to draw huge crowds on Saturday, with the Stage Four
Circuit Race, presented by University of Utah Health Care, in downtown Salt Lake
City. The Prologue has been hosted by Salt Lake City in past years, but this
year the capital city has planned a high-intensity 81.4-mile (131km) race with a
total of 7,246 feet of climbing. The circuit is 7.4 miles in length, which will
require cyclists to make 11 laps.
The course begins on Capitol Hill and continues through City Creek Canyon. It
continues along 11th Avenue through the Avenues neighborhood and south on
Virginia Street into the Federal Heights neighborhood. The peloton should fly
along tree-lined Presidents Circle on the University of Utah campus then sprint
along South Temple Street, past the Governor’s Mansion and under Eagle Gate to
Capitol Hill for the finish. The circuit race begins at 1 p.m. and is expected
to finish close to 4:30 p.m.
Stage 5 Snowbird Summit Finish 161 km
The Tour of Utah returns to Park City on Sunday for the start of the Stage Five
Road Race, presented by Zions Bank. This is the showcase “Queen Stage” of the
Tour with the epic mountaintop finish at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort. It is
the fourth consecutive year for this century (161 km) route, which features four
significant mountain climbs and a total of 10,900 vertical feet of elevation
gain. Going east from Newpark Town Center in Park City, one of the first climbs
is along the Jordanelle Reservoir near Kamas.
The next major climb is past Midway along the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway, an
8.7-mile climb that crosses Mount Timpanogos near Sundance Resort. After a
descent down American Fork Canyon (Hwy. 92) through Uinta National Forest,
riders head over the Suncrest Drive climb and past Sandy City. The final climb
up Little Cottonwood Canyon covers 3,000 vertical feet in six miles, with 8-12
percent gradients, to the finish at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah began as the Thanksgiving Point Stage Race &
Cycling Festival, a three-day event over Memorial Day weekend in 2004. The Utah
Cycling Partnership, owned by family members from the Larry H. Miller Group of
Companies, purchased the event in 2007 and re-launched the cycling event in
2008. The race had grown from 9,000 feet of climbing in the first years to
nearly 30,000 feet of elevation gain, gaining reputation as “America’s Toughest
Stage Race”. The Tour of Utah is now sanctioned by both USA Cycling, Inc. and
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah continues to be free to all spectators,
making professional cycling one of the most unique pro sports in the world
today. Race maps, information about teams, VIP Packages, The Ultimate Challenge
and additional event information can be found by visiting
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