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Tour of Utah to Become Longest Stage Race in North America

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June 12, 2014

Salt Lake City – Organizers of the 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah revealed the detailed race route, which will make the tour the longest professional cycling stage race in North America this year. The tour will extend over 753.8 miles and 57,863 feet of vertical gain over seven 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.

The Tour of Utah will take place August 4–10 and will mark its 10th anniversary this year. Detailed maps and videos for race week are available at www.tourofutah.com" title="blocked::http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=28230713&msgid=290538&act=KPR1&c=1199739&destination=http://www.tourofutah.com">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 will be the highest point ever crossed by the peloton at the Tour of Utah.  

“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.

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