Tour of Utah Returns to Cedar City, This Time as Race Headquarters
CEDAR CITY, Utah (July 30th, 2018) —The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is expecting over 120 riders representing over 16 teams for the week-long men’s Professional cycling race. Known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race,” the tour will run from Tuesday, August 6 to Sunday, August 12 as participants ride from Cedar City to Park City, passing many Utah cities and sites along the way. This year, Cedar City is not only on route for Stage 1 of the race, but will also serve as race headquarters for overall race start festivities.
“The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will break new ground with its southernmost start amid the red rocks of St. George before traveling north to the ultimate finish line in Park City,” said John Kimball, managing director of the Tour of Utah. “The 2018 race will captivate fans across the state, showcase the beauty of Utah and demonstrate the diversity of our communities and terrain. With the commitment of five World Tour teams, we look forward to hosting a world-class peloton in Utah.”
Starting festivities begin Saturday, August 4 with a kick-off party at the Beverly Center for the Arts (200 W University Blvd) with live music, food vendors, activities and opportunities to meet the cyclists. These events are free to visitors, spectators and others interested in participating.
“Cedar City is excited and honored to host the Tour of Utah for the fourth time,” said Maria Twitchell, executive director of the Cedar City – Brian Head Tourism Bureau. “We encourage everyone – locals and visitors – to come out and support the cyclists and enjoy this beautiful city and surrounding area.”
On August 7, the racers will cover 101 miles as they bike around Cedar City. Throughout this part of event, the participants climb 8,950 feet in elevation, which happens to be the highest climb of the week. The biking path leads bikers through Cedar Breaks National Monument and many other landscapes such as Mammoth Creek lava flows, Duck Creek Village, Bristlecone pine trees, and the campus of Southern Utah University.
Over the entire 2018 Tour of Utah, bikers will ride a total distance of 536 miles and gain 43,780 feet in elevation. Throughout the race are nine Utah Office of Tourism KOM climbs and 13 Utah Sports Commission Sprint lines. The prologue, starting in St. George, is the first of its kind since 2011.
The Tour of Utah not only has many challenges and new elements to it, but also has many national and worldwide recognitions. The Tour of Utah is a 2.HC stage race on the UCI America Tour; therefore, becoming one of the premier events in North America. This race is also part of the USA Cycling Professional Road Tour and attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event after the Tour de France. Each year the race changes, introducing new places and new challenges for the riders to experience.
About Visit Cedar City:
The Cedar City • Brian Head Tourism Bureau is the development office for Iron County whose mission is to improve the area economy by attracting leisure travelers and meeting goers to the county. Marketing efforts feature the positive qualities that make Iron County a unique destination and visitor services are provided to encourage longer stays and future returns.