Cyclists take over Park City on Sunday
Park City’s Main Street is no stranger to large crowds.
Whether it’s the Sundance Film Festival, the Park Silly Sunday Market, the Deer Valley Freestyle World Cup kickoff concert or any number of other events, people flock to the iconic area regularly.
However, Main Street is quite possibly at its busiest during Stage 7 of the Tour of Utah. This year’s stage will be held this Sunday, beginning and ending on Main Street.
Along the way, riders will travel through Browns Canyon, Kamas, Wolf Creek, Heber, Midway and climb up Empire Pass before descending to the finish line on Main Street.
Park City rider Tanner Putt, a member of the UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, finished Monday’s Stage 1 in 10th place, crossing the finish line in 3 hours, 7 minutes and 20 seconds. Silber Pro Cycling rider Kris Dahl, of Canada, won the stage in Cedar City to claim the early lead.
Last year, Lachlan Norris of the Drapac Professional Cycling team timed his final sprint perfectly, overtaking BMC Racing Team rider Brent Bookwalter in the last few feet of the race to claim the stage victory. Joe Dombrowski of the Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team won the overall title.
“I was pretty excited,” Norris said at a press conference after Stage 7 last year. “It’s a big win for me and huge for the team as well. We came here wanting to win a stage and, unfortunately, it was a bit hillier than we thought for our sprint boys, so it was up to the skinny guys. I’m glad I could take a win for the team.”
Tuesday’s Stage 2, which concluded after this issue went to press, began in Escalante and ended in Torrey. Wednesday’s Stage 3 will begin in Richfield at 11:10 a.m. and end in Payson. Thursday’s Stage 4 begins at 12:10 p.m. in Lehi and ends in Kearns. Friday’s Stage 5 starts at 11:15 a.m. at Antelope Island State Park and ends in Bountiful. Saturday’s Stage 6 begins at 10:50 a.m. at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville and ends at Snowbird, with riders climbing Guardsman Pass along the way.
Sunday’s Stage 7 begins and ends on Park City’s Main Street. Racing starts at 12:15 p.m. and the estimated time of finish is 3:30 p.m.
Visit http://www.tourofutah.com for more information and download the Tour Tracker app for live updates throughout the remaining stages of the race.
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Tosh Martin, a Park City High School junior, was the Miners’ sole selection to the Class 4A UHSAA All-State soccer first team.