Cedar City hosts Tour of Utah Stage 1

Professional cyclists participate in the Tour of Utah stage race, Cedar City, Utah, July 30, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Cedar City Events, Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY- Monday morning, 126 professional cyclists from all across the globe will soar through a 113.5- mile course that begins and ends in Cedar City. The event is the first stage of the seven total stages in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

This prestigious race is globally recognized as a leading international cycling competition that follows Tour de France. Sixteen teams from around the world will race in the Tour of Utah, including participants who will be racing on American soil for the very first time.

Last year, 15,000 spectators in Cedar City were joined by 200 million viewers watching the race from around the world.

Riders in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah take on the mountains near Cedar City, Utah, Circa July 30, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Cedar City Events
Riders in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah take on the mountains near Cedar City, Utah, July 30, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Cedar City Events, St. George News

“It’s a postcard of your area to the world,” Byron Linford, event coordinator for Cedar City, said.

Race registration will begin at 9 a.m., and athletes will participate in a meet-and-greet with fans near the starting line at 85 N. Main St. in Cedar City. Participants will sign autographs until the race begins at 10:40 a.m.

Stage one of the race will pass through Parowan Gap, up a steep incline to Parowan Canyon, through Brian Head and Cedar Breaks National Monument, along the lava fields in Mammoth Creek and down a 4,000-foot descent through Cedar Canyon, ending back in Cedar City. Estimated finish time for the racers is about 3:45 p.m.

Spectators are invited to watch the race from different vantage points in downtown Cedar City and also between Center Street and 200 North.

“Where else can you see the best of the world cyclists in your front yard, and we will do it for free,” Linford said. “Fourty-eight other states would love to have the opportunity we have.”

Team introductions will take place Saturday night at Main Street Park in Cedar city between 6-8 p.m. Anyone desiring to meet the athletes is invited to attend. There will be entertainment and live music.

Event details

  • When: Monday, August, 4 | Registration 9 a.m. | Race begins 10:40 a.m.
  • Where: 85 N. Main St., Cedar City, Utah
  • Admission: Free
  • Website: Tour of Utah

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3 Comments

  • Mark Vinclio August 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    it would be nice if you would put what road closures we can expect and times they will be closed.

  • Ken Davey August 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Seriously? “15,000 spectators in Cedar City were joined by 200 million viewers watching the race from around the world”? 200 million people watched the race last year on TV? Hey, it’s your credibility…..

    • Joyce Kuzmanic Joyce Kuzmanic August 3, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      I’m not sure what you’re doubting, Mr. Davey?
      As the Tour has grown, according to the Tour of Utah website:
      “With the big teams and all-star field of athletes came bigger crowds, as well as more national and international media coverage. In 2013, the Tour of Utah attracted more than 260,000 spectators along the 586-mile route and contributed as much as $17.5 million in economic impact to the state of Utah. It was also the second year for national television coverage on FOX Sports Network and live webcasting to a worldwide audience. FOX Sports Network aired 18 hours of broadcast coverage in the U.S. and Eurosport 2 coverage reached an international audience in 49 countries. The Tour Tracker® online experience was viewed by more than 153,000 race fans and generated more than 107,000 unique visitors from 146 countries to the official web site, tourofutah.com.”
      May I invite you to visit http://www.tourofutah.com/ – wander through its Web pages – there’s considerable information to get lost in there.
      The 2013 numbers that, if I understand your comment correctly, widened your eyes were given to us by Byron Linford, event coordinator for Cedar City.
      Let’s go indulge our spectating eyes on these serious pro athletes, shall we? Some might say they’re one in a million. 🙂
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