Tour of Utah Elevates Mileage and Climbing to Become Longest Stage Race in North America | KJZZ

Tour of Utah Elevates Mileage and Climbing to Become Longest Stage Race in North America

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – Organizers of the 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah revealed the detailed race route today that will go the distance as the longest professional cycling stage race in North America this year with 753.8 miles and 57,863 feet of vertical gain in seven heart-pounding days of racing. A world-class, 16-team field of riders will be tested by increases of 30 percent in climbing terrain and 32 percent in mileage on August 4-10 for the 10th anniversary of the Tour of Utah.

Corporate partners have also been announced for all seven stages of the Tour of Utah. Detailed maps and videos for race week are now available at the official web site, www.tourofutah.com.

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will begin in southern Utah for a second consecutive year and roll north through 12 host cities and venues in Utah and Wyoming. This year’s Tour of Utah will feature 17 Ski Utah King of the Mountain climbs and 14 Utah Sports Commission Sprint lines. Along with two mountaintop finishes this year (stages 4 and 6), the Tour route will pass or finish near seven ski resorts, from Brian Head in the south to the new finish at Powder Mountain in the north. At 10,759 feet above sea level, Bald Mountain Pass on Stage 5 presented by Subaru will be the highest point ever crossed by the peloton at the Tour of Utah.

The 2014 Tour of Utah is “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM:

  • Most mileage – 753.8 miles/1,213 kilometers
  • Most climbing – 57,863 feet/17,636.6 meters of elevation gain
  • Most number of stages – 7
  • Most number of ski resorts passed – 7
  • Highest number of King of the Mountain climbs – 17
  • Highest number of Sprint lines – 14
  • Highest elevation to be crossed by the race – 10,759 feet above sea level on Stage 5
  • First time race extended outside Utah – Evanston, Wyoming
  • First women’s event added to race week – Tour of Utah Women’s Edition

“The Tour of Utah will achieve multiple first-time superlatives in the 10th edition of the race,” said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties which organizes the Tour of Utah. “For the first time, the race has been expanded to seven days. We will surpass the milestones of 750 miles and 57,000 feet of climbing. We have expanded the route beyond Utah’s borders. However, the iconic red rock scenery, national forests and mountain passes remain as the foundation of an awe-inspiring course for our spectators and cyclists to experience.”

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah was elevated in 2011 by the Union Cycliste International, the global governing body of the sport of cycling, to a 2.1-rated stage race. Sanctioned by both USA Cycling and the UCI, the Tour of Utah continues as one of the top four UCI America Tour events covering a full week of racing in North America this year. Host venues for 2014 are Cedar City, Panguitch, Torrey, Lehi, Miller Motorsports Park, Ogden, Powder Mountain, Evanston (Wyoming), Kamas, Salt Lake City, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and Park City.

“This event continues to raise the bar as America’s Toughest Stage Race,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “With stage three returning to Miller Motorsports Park, one of Utah’s many world-class venues will be highlighted and showcased around the world.”

The Utah Sports Commission, which is a founding partner of the Tour, is the presenting sponsor for Stage 3 and all 14 sprint lines along the course. The additional stages in the Tour of Utah are presented by Zions Bank, iON Camera, Workers Compensation Fund, Subaru, University of Utah Health Care, and VLCM and Barracuda Networks. The Ski Utah King of the Mountain (KOM) climbs are sponsored by the Utah Office of Tourism.

Watch the Tour of Utah Recap Show starting Monday August 8 at 8:00 PM.

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