Tour of Utah Spectator Experience Features Autograph Alley, Healthy Living Expo, Kids’ Bike Races
July 26, 2019
SALT LAKE CITY (July 26, 2019) – An extensive program of new and returning spectator-friendly events, centered around the start and finish lines for each stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, are planned during the weeklong professional cycling event on Aug. 12-18.
“An exciting atmosphere surrounds the Tour of Utah on a daily basis as world-class cycling moves from community to community,” said John Kimball, managing director of the Tour of Utah. “The start and finish lines are a hub of activity that includes giveaways, autographs from the riders, entertainment, kids’ bike races, live big screen broadcast coverage of the entire race, and an interactive festival area with sponsor booths. It’s all free and a great way to enjoy race day.”
Before competition begins in the 477-mile stage race known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race,” the Team Presentation will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Snowbird Resort. Beginning at 4 p.m. on the Plaza Deck next to the Aerial Tram at Snowbird Center, the afternoon includes displays and giveaways, with prizes including bicycles and overnight stays at Snowbird Resort. The riders for all 17 professional cycling teams will be introduced with a formal program, followed by Snowbird’s Cool Air Concert Series. Music begins with Dan Weldon, followed by the headliner, Low Down Brass Band, playing from 7-8:30 p.m. General admission is free for the Team Presentation, and limited hospitality tickets are available for $125 per person.
Community celebrations are part of the revelry that surround the sports competition each day. Each community includes local flavors and sounds to create a party atmosphere for the crowds. Many free concerts have been added this year, from a pre-race cookout and concert in Brigham City the night before the Stage 2 start to live bands at Powder Mountain Resort, North Salt Lake and Canyons Village at Park City Mountain.
Among returning favorites for free and family-friendly activities at the Tour of Utah are children’s bicycle races, the interactive expo and an area to capture athlete autographs. New fan engagements introduced for 2019 will provide fans with additional commemorative souvenirs and experiences.
- Ford Fan Zone — A reserved space will be available at finish lines on a first-come, first-serve basis for 200 spectators for all seven days of racing. Fans will receive complimentary merchandise from Ford and the Tour of Utah. It is fun and free.
- Ford Fan Parade — Official Ford Tour vehicles will drive along the course at designated finish line areas to give away complimentary merchandise to spectators each day.
- BISH RV’s Ride with a Team — Ever want to see and hear what goes on inside an official team vehicle before a day of racing? Join one of the Tour of Utah teams in their RV and ride from start to finish of Stage 3. Winners not only get to watch the race from the team RV, they will also get VIP Hospitality passes for both the start and the finish lines. The contest began in mid-July. One lucky winner will receive this exclusive access, along with VIP passes to the stage.
- Ford Eco-Sport Lease Contest — Race fans can enter a Ford contest at all Tour of Utah Street Team events and at the KUTV 2 Lifestyle Expo during the first five days of racing (Prologue and Stages 1 to 4). On Friday, Aug. 16, 10 lucky winners will be selected to attend Stage 6 in Park City. On Monday, Aug. 19, one overall winner will receive a two-year lease on a Ford Eco-Sport, along with Yakima bike racks and two bicycles.
- Ford Caravan Vehicle Sale — Don’t miss your exclusive chance to purchase one of the Tour of Utah official Ford vehicles. Ten of the official Eco-Sport vehicles will be available for purchase after the race with bike racks and a bicycle.
- Rider Sign-In and Wildlife Generation Autograph Alley — Spectators will be allowed to interact with the professional athletes as they walk along Autograph Alley to the Sign-In stage. Race announcers will interview athletes from the stage, providing insights before the high-speed action commences. All photos and signatures are free for spectators. No Rider Sign-In will be conducted on Aug. 12 for the Prologue, but fans can grab a spot near the Start House to watch each rider race against the clock. Sponsored by Wildlife Generation.
- KUTV 2 Healthy Living Expo — Plan to arrive early to any of the seven finish line host venues and spend some time at the KUTV 2 Healthy Living Expo. This free, interactive festival area and sponsor showcase serves as a gateway to the finish line every day. It provides an array of interactive exhibits, official Tour merchandise and live entertainment, including jumbo television screens to watch the race unfold as it heads to the finish. Check the web site for each day’s location and hours of operation.
- America First Credit Union Fan Favorite — Each day during the race fans can cast votes online for their favorite athletes in various categories, such as best climber or most promising rookie. The athlete who receives the most votes each day will be recognized as the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite and receives a special award jersey. One fan will be chosen in a random drawing from ballots cast to receive a Tour of Utah gift bag and $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of America First Credit Union.
- Podium Award T-shirt Giveaway — At the conclusion of each day’s race, top athletes will be recognized in an awards ceremony with special jerseys, such as the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies Leader jersey and Utah Sports Commission Sprint jersey. These winners will autograph limited-edition, replica T-shirts for each award jersey and toss them into the crowd. Fans are encouraged to catch one-of-a-kind Tour of Utah T-shirts.
- Sprint to the Finish Kids’ Bike Races presented by University of Utah Health — Children ages five to 12 have the opportunity to race their bicycles near the finish line used by the pros at six race locations. To participate, a parent or guardian must sign a waiver at the University of Utah Health exhibit in the KUTV 2 Healthy Living Expo. Make sure each child brings his or her helmet, closed-toe shoes and a bicycle. Races will be held in North Logan City, Brigham City, North Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, Canyons Village at Park City Mountain, and Park City. Check the web site for start times.
Event VIP Hospitality tickets are available for individual days of racing at eight of the nine venues. Five Experience Packages provide guests with unique access to the race, including exclusive private viewing areas adjacent to start or finish areas, food/beverage service, and the seating close to the action. Prices begin at $150 per person for Hospitality and begin at $750 per person for Experience Packages. More information and purchases can be made online at https://www.tourofutah.com/experience/packages-experience.
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. In addition to being a UCI 2.HC stage race, the Tour is also part of the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. More information about the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (tourofutah), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (Tour of Utah).
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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, covering 477 miles of racing and 37,882 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, host venues and professional teams can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com.
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