Kamas could host a stage of the 2014 Tour of Utah, although the discussion is still in its preliminary stages. Kamas Mayor Lewis Marchant said he plans on
Kamas could host a stage of the 2014 Tour of Utah, although the discussion is still in its preliminary stages. Kamas Mayor Lewis Marchant said he plans on writing a letter of intent to host a stage. (Park Record file photo)

Dialogue is just in the preliminary stages, but if the necessary steps are taken Kamas could be a stage host for the 2014 Tour of Utah, one of the most high-profile professional cycling events in North America.

The possibility was discussed at the last Kamas City Council meeting on Dec. 10, and Kamas Mayor Lewis Marchant said the discussion went "very positively," adding that the city will be sending a letter of intent to host a stage of the race.

"This is the first time we've done anything with [Tour of Utah]," Marchant said. "We had some hesitation but thought it might be something worthwhile to the community and [would] showcase Kamas."

Tour of Utah's Course Director Todd Hageman said they reach out to a lot of different communities across Utah to gauge their interest in hosting a stage of the tour. This past meeting in Kamas represents a first step in the process, he said.

Katie Stellpflug, a Kamas resident of three years and owner of Artique, said she was asked by Hageman as a resident and business owner to assemble a group of people for the meeting to discuss the benefits that hosting a stage would bring.

"I think it's a great thing for Kamas. It's one of those special places we like the quietness and being in close proximity to the Uintas," Stellpflug said. "Featuring the Mirror Lake Highway in the Tour of Utah is a very good thing."

Hageman said Tour of Utah will be having further talks with Kamas early next year, during either the second or third week of January. He said the Tour still has to follow due diligence in making Kamas a stage host city.

This year's Tour of Utah had its sixth and final stage start and end in Park City, with riders going through Kamas. Marchant said that hosting a stage could present economic benefits to the community.

"This could be an opportunity for some of our businesses to have extra business come in," Marchant said. "Let's have [the Tour] go through once and see what happens."

For more information on the Tour of Utah race, visit tourofutah.com.