"It's a long, long race," said Ben Towry, the tour's promoter. "They all battled it out in the last 200 meters."
Cameron Hoffman came around the last turn first, Towry said, pushing the lead group into the wind. As Hoffman faded, Cortlan Brown and Chase Pinkham eclipsed him. Turkington drafted, shielding himself from the wind, then crept out in the last few meters to pull just ahead. He finished in 7:04:58.
Charity finished the women's race in 7:56:29, just four seconds ahead of Anne Perry. Breanne Nalder rode a 7:56:46 to claim third.
The elite division formed only one of the tour's eight categories, which together comprised 608 riders and employed 70 volunteers. Pro riders dotted the field, but most athletes raced as amateurs.
"It's a mix of weekend warriors and those who race bikes full-time," Towery said. "We sold out in multiple categories. It's a bucket list type of event."
For most casual riders, the 157-mile course proves daunting. The pavement yields to a five-and-a-half mile section of dirt road at the top of Chalk Creek that leads racers into Evanston. Towery said, "It reminds me of a lot of the classic races in Europe that have a lot of dirt roads."
The ride's crux, the ascent to the 10,750-foot summit of Bald Mountain, comes right before the smooth finish at Richardson Flats.
Towery said many riders use the tour as a tune-up or substitute for the LoToJa, a premier endurance bike race from Logan to Jackson.
"We're hoping to build that kind of reputation," Towery added. The Tour de Park City's mountainous course, which Towery said is tougher than LoToJa's flat ride, gives organizers a solid foundation.