Tour of Utah Weekend in Cedar City 2018
Cedar City to Cedar City – 2018 Stage 1
Cedar City loves the Tour of Utah, and that love was rewarded with a fourth opportunity to serve as the race headquarters for the overall start festivities and to host Stage 1 as a start/finish on Tuesday, August 7. Fans will get a treat with the final three lap circuit around Southern Utah University campus. Cyclists will be introduced on the Ashton Family Greenshow Stage at the Beverly Center for the Arts and will engage with fans at the Tour of Utah Kickoff Party (Team Presentations) at 3:30 pm, on Saturday, August 4.
What is the Tour of Utah?
The Tour of Utah, known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race,” remains a 2.HC-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events for professional cycling teams in North America. It is also one of the prominent road cycling events that is also part of USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour. The event is free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today.
Tour of Utah 2018 (Prologue – Stage 1-6)
After a prologue (time trial) in St. George (Aug. 6), Cedar City will be the Stage 1 start and finish (Aug. 7) before the race moves to Payson City (Aug. 8); Antelope Island State Park and Layton City (Aug. 9); Salt Lake City (Aug. 10); Canyons Village and Snowbird Resort (Aug. 11), and Park City (Aug. 12).
Killer Diller Loop
Stage 1 of the Tour of Utah this year is called the “Killer Diller” loop by local cyclists for a good reason. With two King of the Mountain challenges, the loop includes 8,950 feet of elevation gain along the 101 mile/162.5k route. The Parowan to Brian Head KOM is a Category 1 climb that includes 4,500 vertical feet in 15 miles with some sections at a 15% grade. The second climbing challenge is the Bristlecone KOM, which begins after turning west on Highway 14 in the town of Duck Creek and the riders will face a long mellow climb up past Navajo Lake to the summit just past Midway (turnoff to Cedar Breaks National Monument).
Five World Tour Teams
A field of 17 teams has accepted invitations with five World Tour squads, seven UCI Pro Continental teams and five UCI Continental teams, including 26 riders who have earned either a stage win or classification jersey at past Tour of Utah.
Free Kids Bike Race – Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 1:00 pm
The Cedar City Kids’ Sprint to the Finish, presented by University of Utah Health, is a recreational bicycle race for children ages five to 12.
Kids will be able to ride their own bicycles at the finish line of the course used by the Tour of Utah pros (300 West University Blvd) in Cedar City on race day at 1 p.m.
Registration is available the day of the race on site (up to 12:45 p.m.). Just go to the University of Utah Health information tent in the Cedar City Velo Village/Expo.
All participating children are required to bring their own bicycles and helmets. Parents must sign waiver before child can participate.
One hour prior to the race start each day, the Papa John’s Rider Sign-In and Autograph Alley will permit fans to interact with the world’s best cyclists for photographs and signatures.
Fan Favorite Voting
Beginning Aug. 6 with the Prologue in St. George, fans can cast daily ballots at TourofUtah.com to select the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite rider. Six athletes will be nominated each day in various categories, such as a best climber or most promising rookie. The athletes who receive the most votes each day for a specific category will be recognized as the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite.
Coloring Contest details are being worked out, but kids, age 4-11, can find the Tour of Utah Kickoff Coloring Contest form at City Hall, Cedar City Aquatic Center or downloadable from Velo Cedar City Facebook page. Kids just need to color it and bring the poster and their parents to the SUMA building on Saturday during the Kickoff Party. All entries will be posted in the SUMA window for race day. The first 100 entries will receive a prize.
Route Information and Traffic Information for August 7
Tour of Utah – Cedar City Stage 1
(Tuesday, August 7-Start 10:50 am, Finish around 2:45 pm)
Stage 1 Route Overview
The 2018 Tour of Utah Stage 1 begins at SUU’s Beverley Center for the Arts on 300 West University Blvd., under the shadow of the Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA) building. A neutral rollout westward up onto Leigh Hill and down past Cedar High when the cyclists begin racing and let down the hammer and head out of town northward through Enoch, Parowan, Brian Head (KOM), Mammoth Creek, on Highway 14 past Duck Creek, Navajo Lake, Bristlecone (KOM) at Midway and then down Cedar Canyon. A huge American flag will greet riders as they enter Cedar City and begin a 2.5-mile circuit around Southern Utah University for 2.75 laps before finishing where they started under the shadow of the SUMA building.
No Parking on Streets along the Route
Citizens who live or own businesses along the Tour of Utah Stage 1 circuit route around SUU campus, should be aware that no parking of vehicles or trailers will be allowed on the street overnight Monday, August 6 through 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7. There will be police officers and course marshals that can help during emergency situations. Please plan your car trips around the times listed below. We appreciate your support of the Tour of Utah and the brief inconvenience the event will have in your neighborhood. Thanks!
While most spectators want to be at the start and finish line at 300 W. University Blvd, some like to watch the sprint finishes, run along with the riders on steep climbs or campout at scenic outlooks along the way in Parowan, Brian Head, Mammoth, Duck Creek, and Cedar Canyon.
Parking around SUU Campus
Parking at Southern Utah University will limited due to the circuit around campus. Utah Shakespeare Festival patrons are encouraged to park in the lots on 200 south and 300 west. All other visitors attending the Lifestyle Expo/Velo Village are encouraged to park in the open lots near the SUU football stadium and SUU housing complex, behind downtown businesses, or in the Cedar City parking garage on 100 East.
Morning Route on Cedar City Streets
At 10:50 a.m. on Tuesday, August 7, the race is off on a neutral rollout from the Start line at 300 West University Blvd, the peloton will head west over the freeway to College Way, left on Highway 56 and climbing up Cove Drive past the new Cedar City LDS Temple to the top of Leigh Hill. The controlled pace of the peloton will take riders past the Lake at the Hills Recreation Complex, Aquatic Center on Royal Hunte Drive, left on Ridge Road and a sharp right on Sage Drive and down the hill over the freeway and on to 600 South. The race begins in front of Cedar High School (approximately 11 am), where cyclists are cut free to race northward out of town. From 600 South, the route turns north on 300 West, then east on 200 South to Main Street. The peloton will make its sole pass through Downtown Cedar City about 20 minutes into the race. At Coal Creek Road the cyclists will take a left off of Main Street and head over I-15 for the third time and stay right and go north on Bulldog Road through Cedar City’s gravel industrial area to the hay farms as they head east on 3000 North and through the Bowling Alley Intersection and on to Old Highway 91 (frontage road) into Enoch, Summit and on to Parowan.
Return and Finish
After 22.5 miles of the 101 mile course, the leading cyclists will compete for sprint points in Parowan, then the race will hit its first climb — and it’s a big one. The Category 1 climb, up Parowan Canyon through the ski resort town of Brian Head into Cedar Breaks National Monument, climbs 4,500 ft in 15 miles with some pitches hitting 15%. This will also be the highest climb of the week for the TOU cyclists, topping out at 10,600’. Riders will traverse the Markagunt Plateau and serpentine through the Mammoth Creek lava flows. After turning west on Highway 14 in the town of Duck Creek, the riders will face a long mellow climb up past Navajo Lake to the Bristlecone KOM. Then, through scenic Cedar Canyon, it’s all downhill from there speeding into Cedar City. The riders will enter the circuit when they turn from Center Street south on 200 East and then right on 200 South all the way to 1150 West by the Eccles Coliseum. Heading north past the stadium, they will take another right-hand turn on University Blvd. and the crowds at the start/finish line. The breakaways and peloton will make a clockwise circle around the Southern Utah University campus 2.75 times. The finish line will be on the east side of the intersection at 300 West and University Blvd in the shadow of the Southern Utah Museum of Art.
Motorists, residents, business owners and pedestrians are asked to join us in this celebration of cycling in Cedar City and to plan their schedules around the event which will impact City streets on the morning and afternoon of Tuesday, August 7. There will be inconveniences and patience and knowing how to maneuver around the race route will be helpful. The morning race will include temporary rolling closures of intersections and roads (delays of 5 to 15 minutes), along the route to ensure the safety of the riders and motorists. The afternoon finishing circuit will require hard closures around the perimeter of SUU campus for 45 to 60 minutes. (see below for streets affected).
The race finishing laps, from approximately 2:30 to 3: 45 pm (or until last rider completes race), will require a complete circuit lockdown (200 East to 1150 West and University/Center St. to 200 South), police and volunteers will have barriers and cones or caution tape with instructions on how traffic can flow around the race.
Alternative Routes during Afternoon Closure
Southbound traffic (Main Street to 200 North/Hwy 56)
Traffic attempting to get to the south side of Cedar City can get on Interstate 15 at Exit 59 (200 North), or take surface streets on the east or west side of downtown Cedar City. West side detour roads are College Way, left on University Blvd, left on Ridge Road. East side detour roads are 300 East, left on Center Street, right on 400 East.
Northbound traffic (Main Street to 600 South)
Traffic attempting to get to the north side of Cedar City can get on Interstate 15 at Exit 57 and get off at Exit 59 or 62, or take surface streets from detour. West side will go west on 600 South, across bridge (over I-15), up Sage Drive and right on Ridge Road. East side will take 400 South to 400 East, left on Center Street and right on 300 East.
Intersection 300 West University Blvd Closed Two Days
The intersection of 300 West and University Blvd. will be closed one block in each direction starting 6 a.m., on Monday, August 6, to allow finish line and Fox Sports television crews to set up the finish line and broadcast structures and expo areas. The intersection will reopen by 5:00 pm, on Tuesday, August 7.
Old Highway 91, State Route 143, Mammoth Road and Highway 14, and roads in Enoch, Summit, Parowan, Brian Head, Mammoth Creek and Duck Creek will also require some temporary street closures and traffic diversions.
While cyclists are approaching both Parowan and Cedar Canyon routes, there will be total canyon closures to ensure rider safety. The first closure will take place as the cyclists climb the Category 1 climb up Highway 143 in Parowan Canyon approximately from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Highway 14 (Duck Creek to mouth of Cedar Canyon) will be shut down to traffic approximately from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Motorists can choose to go up or down Cedar Canyon in the morning and Parowan Canyon in the afternoon to miss the peloton and staff vehicles.
Volunteer for the Tour of Utah
Cedar City’s LOC is accepting volunteer applications online to fill about 100 remaining positions including Kickoff Party/Team Presentation and staff check-in on Aug. 4, and race day slots on Aug. 7.
Some volunteers have already been assigned areas to help the Tour of Utah staff and Cedar City LOC directly, but there is an additional need for additional course marshals, bike valets, production team, green team and other positions.
Individuals can request a specific assignment for one or multiple shifts. Group assignments are available for families, corporations, clubs and civic organizations to inspire teamwork and to support the local community.
Each volunteer that signs up will receive a commemorative Tour of Utah t-shirt, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen products. A box lunch will also be provided.
The recommended age for volunteers is 18 and older. Applicants must sign a waiver, or have a signature provided by an adult or legal guardian if the applicant is 17 years of age or younger.
General registration will remain open through the end of July. A “Frequently Asked Questions” section is provided on the website to provide descriptions of specific positions, opportunities for groups and more information at www.TourofUtah.com/experience/2018volunteers.
History of the Tour in Utah in Cedar City
For the fourth time, Cedar City will entertain some of the top cyclists in the world as the overall start headquarters for the Tour of Utah and Stage 1 host (2013, 2014, 2016, 2018).
Southern Utah University provides an “Olympic” feel to the event, not only as the host of the Start and Finish Line, but as an “Athlete Village, equipped with student housing and a cafeteria for the teams arrive in town early to train, acclimate and compete. While the cyclists are being taken care of before the event, the Cedar City Local Organizing Committee welcomes Tour of Utah staff and volunteers during check-in, assignments and training. All race staging, banners, start/finish structures, supplies and equipment are shipped and locally processed in Cedar City in preparation for race operations and Fox Sports television broadcast. They must be readied for seven-days of building, tearing down and shipping to various stages and cities throughout Utah.
2013 – Brian Head to Cedar City—Stage 1 Finish
The Tour of Utah came to the south part of the state for the first time ever. With the altitude of 9,600’ at the start line in Brian Head, it was the highest elevation of the Tour that year. The route went east from Brian Head to Panguitch, Hatch, and westward on Highway 14 through Duck Creek and down Cedar Canyon. Belgium’s Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing, won the Stage (finishing going north on Main Street in Downtown Cedar City), completing the 112-mile (180 km) Stage in 4:11.0.
2014 – Cedar City to Cedar City-Stage 1 Start & Finish
Downtown Cedar City on Main Street was the premier site of the Start-Finish with the route going north out of town through Parowan Gap, Parowan, Brian Head, Duck Creek, and down Cedar Canyon. Holland’s Moreno Hofland of Belkin Cycling Team, won the Stage in a finish going south uphill on Main Street and completing the 113.5-mile (180 km) course in 4:51.2.
2016 – Zion to Cedar City–Stage 1 Finish
It will go down as one of the most spectacular, scenic pro cycling stages ever held. After three -years of planning, The Tour, in conjunction with the celebration of the U.S. National Parks Centennial, started at the south gate with a neutral rollout through Zion National Park, climbing up through the tunnels and out the Park’s East Gate and eventually down through Cedar Canyon. Ending with a three-lap circuit around Southern Utah University campus. The finish line was located in front of the recently opened Southern Utah Museum of Art and Beverley Center for the Arts, the home to the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Canadian Kristofer Dahl of Silber Pro Cycling, won the 83.9-mile (135 km) Stage with 6,679 ft of climbing in a time of 3:07.19. Dahl was presented a special Cedar City Stage 1 trophy (a beautifully crafted wooden bowl), from the Southern Utah Woodturners.