After a one year absence, the Tour of Utah is coming back to Cache Valley.
Representatives from one of the top professional cycling events in North America were in Logan this week. They met with Cache County Council members Tuesday to seal the deal.
The race goes for seven days with the first stage scheduled to take place in Cache Valley.
County Councilman Jon White says this is a win for the community.
“It brings a lot of people,” said White Tuesday. “We get recognition.”
White said the event is funded in part through the Recreation, Arts, Parks, and Zoos tax.
The RAPZ tax is a local option sales tax that was approved by the voters and enacted by the Cache County Council in November 2002. The funds generated support for a multitude of cultural events throughout the county, the development or improvement of parks, trails, and recreational facilities.
“Hopefully, maybe this year we’ll have them tour Cache Valley instead of go over to Bear Lake,” said White. “That would be what I would like to see happen.”
The Tour of Utah attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France.
Last year, a total of 17 teams participated in the event, including five WorldTour Teams, seven Pro Continental teams and five Continental teams.
The race will be held sometime in August 2019.