LOGAN—The date is drawing near when professional cyclists from around the world will compete in the 13th annual <a href=”https://www.tourofutah.com/”>Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah</a>. The race takes place July 31-August 6, and the <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/local/article_38d8cff6-424d-11e7-9911-03c6d10397fc.html”>7-stage route was announced in late May</a>. For the second time in just three years, Logan will play a major role in the event, with Stage 1 of the race winding through Logan Canyon along the same course riders traversed in 2015.
<a href=”http://www.logandowntown.org/”>Logan Downtown</a> Manager Gary Saxton, who is chairing Logan’s involvement in the event, describes the 600-mile competition as a men’s professional bike race, with 38,525 feet of elevation gain and three mountaintop finishes. The Tour of Utah has also been dubbed “America’s Toughest Stage Race.”
Because Cache Valley marks the start of the race, Saxton said pre-tour events will begin in Logan two days before the ride begins. The first comes on Saturday, July 29, when a presentation will take place at the <a href=”http://www.logancountryclub.com/”>Logan Country Club</a>.
“That’s free to everyone to attend, so we invite everyone to the Logan Golf and Country Club that evening,” Saxton said. “Probably get there—around 6 p.m. would be a good time, and then they present all of the athletes who will be participating this year. That’s a great event to get up close with some of the cyclists coming and get to see some of the big names.”
Saxton said a worldwide press conference is scheduled for Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m. at the <a href=”https://edithbowen.usu.edu/”>Edith Bowen Laboratory School</a>, where some of the athletes and managers will be introduced. The race itself begins Monday, July 31, at 8:35 a.m.
While Saxton believes many people will watch the Tour of Utah on television, he invites the community to attend the event in person.
“We have a lot of roads opened so you can get in and out with your vehicle,” Saxton said. “We’ve changed a few things from two years ago. There’s plenty of parking, so we invite all the public to make a fun day of watching cycling in Logan with world class athletes.”
The Tour of Utah is sanctioned by the <a href=”http://www.uci.ch/”>Union Cycliste Internationale</a> and offers participants a total of eight Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain Climbs and 11 Utah Sports Commission Sprint Lines.