“America’s Toughest Stage Race” for Pro Cycling Teams Features Overall Start at Snowbird Resort and Finish in Park City
SALT LAKE CITY (January 9, 2019) – Nine host venues across the northern mountains and valleys of Utah will comprise the 15th edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the men’s professional cycling stage race. The Tour of Utah, known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race,” will feature seven days of racing from Monday, Aug. 12 to Sunday, Aug. 18.
Four ski resorts will host the Tour of Utah, starting the week-long festivities with an opening Prologue at Snowbird Resort. A mountaintop finish at Powder Mountain Resort will return to the mix for the first time since 2014. The final weekend of racing will culminate in two areas of Park City, including a start-finish combination on the penultimate day at Canyons Village at Park City Mountain.
Two venues will make their Tour of Utah debuts with North Logan City and North Salt Lake. The world-class cycling event also returns to Salt Lake City, Brigham City and Antelope Island State Park as part of the stage race.
“We are excited to have these nine host communities for the 2019 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. Each community is a key player in showcasing the diverse beauty of our state,” said John Kimball, managing director of the Tour of Utah. “We are shaking up the traditional northern route with an overall start at Snowbird Resort. This provides an intriguing launch pad for the entire week, from a great setting for the Team Presentation to an uphill battle on the first day of racing for the leader’s jersey.”
Here is the lineup of host venues for the seven days of racing:
- Prologue – Monday August, 12 – Snowbird Resort
- Stage 1 – Tuesday, August 13 – North Logan City
- Stage 2 – Wednesday, August 14 – Brigham City to Powder Mountain Resort
- Stage 3 – Thursday, August 15 – Antelope Island State Park to North Salt Lake
- Stage 4 – Friday, August 16 – Salt Lake City
- Stage 5 – Saturday, August 17 – Canyons Village at Park City Mountain
- Stage 6 – Sunday, August 18 – Park City
The 2019 Tour of Utah host venue video and additional information on the race is available at tourofutah.com. Details regarding each stage route, such as race mileage and formats, elevation gain, and start/finish times as well as spectator festivities, will be announced in the late spring.
The Tour of Utah changes its geographical configuration each year to introduce the sport of cycling to new communities across the state, as well as present diverse courses for the professional athletes. It is only the fifth time since the Tour began in 2004 that a Prologue, a short individual time trial, will be held on the opening day of competition. Snowbird Resort will see the return of the Tour for a 12th time, this year hosting the Team Presentation and the overall start for the first time. The venue has traditionally been used for its grueling six-mile climb in Little Cottonwood Canyon on the final weekend of the event.
The Tour makes its inaugural appearance at North Logan City for Stage 1 on Tuesday of race week. Located just 26 miles from the border of Idaho, North Logan City rests in the Cache Valley of northern Utah hugged by high-elevation terrain in the Bear River Mountains.
Nearby Brigham City will host a stage start for a second time on Aug. 14. The finish line for Stage 2 will culminate over one of the steepest roads in Utah, taking riders to the top of Powder Mountain Resort on seven miles of pavement that push upwards of 16 percent in gradient. The only other time the Tour made this ascent was five years ago.
Stage 3 takes place in Davis County on Aug. 15. The day will begin on the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, which will be a fourth visit to Antelope Island State Park. The day will conclude for the first time in North Salt Lake, tucked into the western slopes of the Wasatch Range.
Salt Lake City takes center stage for a 12th time with Stage 4 on Friday, Aug. 16. Along with Snowbird Resort, Salt Lake City joins the short list of venues which have hosted the Tour of Utah most often.
Racing will conclude with two days in Park City. Canyons Village at Park City Mountain, a four-season resort, returns for a second consecutive year for a Stage 5 start and adds the finish line as well on Aug. 17. The start/finish for the grand finale returns to Park City on Aug. 18. It is the 10th year Park City has served as a host city, and the seventh time it has hosted the overall finish of the Tour of Utah.
The mid-August dates provide flexibility for WorldTeams to travel to the U.S. following the Tour de France, which takes place on July 6-28, 2019. The Tour of Utah will begin extending invitations to UCI WorldTeams, UCI Pro Continental and UCI Continental squads in January and will announce a field of 16 men’s teams in early spring.
In 2018, American Sepp Kuss of Team LottoNL-Jumbo captured the overall title at the Tour of Utah, which featured 548 miles of racing and 43,780 vertical feet of climbing. The event was broadcast to an international audience in 193 markets, including live coverage in the U.S. with FOX Sports Network. A full week of webcasting with Tour Tracker presented by Adobe engaged thousands of fans across 129 countries through consumption on mobile devices and the Tour’s website. The Tour of Utah is the only North American stage race that offers live start-to-finish online coverage via Tour Tracker.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today. The Tour of Utah remains a 2.HC-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events for professional cycling teams in North America. It is also one of the prominent road cycling events that is featured on USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour. For Tour of Utah video highlights and additional information on the venues, visit www.tourofutah.com.
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About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, referred to as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM,” is a week-long, professional cycling stage race for the best men’s teams in the world. The 2019 event will be held Aug. 12-18. Last year the Tour covered 548 miles of racing and 43,780 feet of elevation gain. Now in its 15th year, the event was elevated in 2015 as a 2.HC-rated UCI stage race, making it one of the premier events in North America. The Tour of Utah is owned by Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. More information about the Tour of Utah and host venues can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (tourofutah), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (tourofutah).
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