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Tour of Utah rides into town

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

In just a few days some of the best cyclists in the state and the country will ride the highways and byways of Utah. The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, which will be held Aug. 7-12, is bringing nearly 100 riders to the state for a six-stage race, two of which will be held in Summit and Wasatch Counties.

Organizers say the race will cover over 500 miles and offer some of the most ideal racing conditions in the country. According to Ronda Thomas Farrell, president and CEO of the Park City-based Exordium Group that is marketing the event, many of the top professional cyclists signed on for the race just to experience the final stage from Deer Valley to Snowbird.

"That is one of the most amazing stages in the country," Thomas Farrell said. "It’s really the only U.S. race that has these kinds of mountains comparable to European grand tours."

Stage six, which starts at Snow Park Lodge and winds though Provo Canyon, the Alpine Loop, Suncrest Ridge and on to Snowbird Ski Resort features 12,000 feet of vertical elevation and will complete the tour with a festival at the end.

Besides national teams like Navigators Insurance, Toyota United, and Health Net by MAXXIS, there will be two locally sponsored groups. The 101.9 The End All-Stars team will feature homegrown racers and the KJZZ composite team has some Utah faces. Local road racer Todd Hageman will be riding for Team End. Other national teams include, TIAA CREF, Kodakgallery.com/Sierra Nevada Pro Cycling, Symmetrics Cycling, Priority Health, Team Successful Living Pro Cycling, Team Einstein’s Cycling, Sienna Development-Goble Knee Clinic, California Giant Strawberries, Vitamin Cottage, BMS Racing, Broadmark. A purse of $45,00 will be awarded to the winning rider.

Park City cycling enthusiasts are invited to make the trip down to Salt Lake for the Freedom Peleton on Aug. 11 a ride to raise money for the Larry H. Miller Charities, which benefit education and promote child health and fitness in Utah. Donations will also be given to the Utah Bicycle Coalition. The race will take place at 6 p.m. before the Salt Lake Downtown Circuit Race. Riders must raise a minimum of $100 to participate. The rider who raises the most money will receive a one-year lease on an official Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah vehicle.

All of the start and finish lines of each stage are free and open to the public. There is no finish festival for Stage four. Food, beverage and cycling equipment vendors will be present at the finish festivals. Thomas Farrell says that she is hoping that the stages in or near Park City will be well attended by all of the cycling enthusiasts in the area.

For a complete listing of stage dates, times, maps, Freedom Peleton information and finish festivals visit http://www.tourofutah.com.


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