The Tour Of Utah

The Tour of Utah starts on August 4th and if you haven’t heard of it, it’s billed as America’s toughest race. Even though it’s only 7 days and nowhere near the length of a grand tour, this one really is a brute.

Let’s just explain a couple of things about this race, firstly there are climbs every day, in fact climbs of over 57,000 feet in total. Secondly in case you’ve missed it, the race is in Utah and it’s August so hardly a pleasant breezy day in England.

The Tour of Utah started in 2004 and gained UCI 2.1 status in 2010, past winners include Levi Leipheimer and Thomas Danielson.

The race comes right off the back of the Tour de France so you can probably count out a lot of that field from entering. It does also come in the middle of the European calendar so this does often get over looked by some riders.

Fear not though as the race does take on some big teams which this year include Belkin, BMC, Cannondale and Garmin.

This year’s tour is planned out like this:

Stage 1

CEDAR CITY  – CEDAR CITY
TOTAL DISTANCE – 113.5 MI/182.6 KM
ELEVATION GAIN – 8,873 FT/2,704.5 M

Stage 2

PANGUITCH TO TORREY
TOTAL DISTANCE – 130.7 MI/210.3 KM
ELEVATION GAIN – 10,162 FT/3,097.3 M

Stage 3

LEHI TO MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK
TOTAL DISTANCE – 118.3 MI/190.3 KM
ELEVATION GAIN – 3,953 FT/1,205 M

Stage 4

OGDEN TO POWDER MOUNTAIN
TOTAL DISTANCE – 104.7 MI/168.5 KM
ELEVATION GAIN – 8,893 FT/2,710.5 M

Stage 5

EVANSTON TO KAMAS
TOTAL DISTANCE – 101.4 MI/163.1 KM
ELEVATION GAIN – 5,706 FT/1,739 M

Stage 6

SALT LAKE CITY TO SNOWBIRD
TOTAL DISTANCE – 107.2 MI/172.5 KM
ELEVATION GAIN – 12,643 FT/5,853.5 M

Stage 7

PARK CITY TO PARK CITY
TOTAL DISTANCE – 78 MI/125.5 KM
ELEVATION GAIN – 7,633 FT/2,326.5 M

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The Utah race is largely an all American affair with all the U.S pro teams competing as well as the big boys.

The main players in the past have been home grown so it’s safe to say Chris Horner and Thomas Danielson will be wanting to make a mark in this.

BMC have brought Cadel Evans though, Ivan Basso has signed up and good old Jen Voight is also in the mix so this race does have the hallmarks of a classic battle.

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