Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah cycling event expands to Southern Utah; new host venues revealed

CEDAR CITY – For the first time in the history of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah professional cycling event, organizers will include several cities and venues in Southern Utah.

At a press conference in Cedar City this week, 10 host venues were unveiled, seven of which are first-time venues for the event.

“We are excited to see the continued growth of the Tour that will now expand into the southern part of the state,” said Jeff Robbins, president and chief executive officer of the Utah Sports Commission. “The event generates significant economic impact for the state and will now be able to showcase Utah’s red rock scenery along with the beauty of the northern part of our great state.”

The Tour will begin Aug. 5, with opening festivities in Cedar City and continue across the state for six more days of racing, from red rock country to the alpine peaks of the Wasatch Front. The competition includes five road races and one circuit race.

Race legs

  • Brian Head to Cedar City Stage 1 Road Race – Aug. 6
  • Panguitch to Torrey Stage 2 Road Race – Aug. 7
  • Richfield to Payson Stage 3 Road Race – Aug. 8
  • Salt Lake City Stage 4 Circuit Race – Aug. 9
  • Snowbasin Resort to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort Stage 5 Road Race – Aug. 10
  • Park City Stage 6 Road Race – Aug. 11

Detailed routes and race mileage will be announced in the coming months.

Also new for 2013 is the route for the Ultimate Challenge, a recreational ride for amateur cyclists held the same day as Stage 5 of the Tour. Riding from Snowbasin Resort to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, participants will be treated to incomparable scenery, full logistical support and the ultimate road cycling experience, with 10,000 feet of climbing. Advance registration is required.

Promoted as “America’s Toughest Stage Race,” the Tour continues for a third consecutive year as one of the top professional cycling events in North America, a 2.1-rated stage race sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale. Last year, seven of the 17 participating teams also competed in the Tour de France.

The Tour is free to all spectators and over 2,000 volunteer positions will be filled during the event. More information and updates can be found on the Tour’s web site, Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.

“We’ve always had our eye on expanding the Tour to the southern part of the state, and with great fan, sponsor and community support, we’ve been able to do that,” said Steve Miller, president of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. “Our fan base provided solid crowds every day last year, and we attracted widespread audiences watching the race live on FOX Sports Network and on the web with TourTracker. The Tour of Utah generated $14 million in direct economic impact for the state in 2012 and our race expansion is expected to have an even greater impact. From Cedar City to Park City, we appreciate the support of all our 2013 host cities and look forward to the biggest year yet.”

Submitted by: Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau

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