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Domestic Intel: Utah unveils tour route; Nature Valley names teams; Page signs deal

Jonathan Page signs a deal to ride for Competitive Cyclist in 2013-14

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Tour of Utah route takes in 43,621 feet of climbing

Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah organizers unveiled a challenging route for the August race that will include a run through Bryce National Park, a new approach to the Little Cottonwood Canyon climb, and a return to Empire Pass for the finale. The six-stage UCI race takes place August 6-11 and will start in the state’s southern canyons for the first time.

“Featuring the signature red rock country of southern Utah for the first time, there is tremendous anticipation for this year’s race and the new courses,” Miller Sports Properties president Steve Miller said in a press release. “The opportunity to bring our race to these national parks and national monuments is unprecedented for professional cycling. Athletically, the Tour of Utah will truly challenge our riders while spectators enjoy the competition against the backdrop of the state’s stunning scenery.”

The race’s third stage will return to Mount Nebo, the highest peak in the Wasatch Range, and will climb 43,621 vertical feet over 586 total miles. For more route information, visit the Tour of Utah’s website.

Nature Valley Grand Prix names teams and composite rosters

Nature Valley Grand Prix organizers have completed the National Racing Calendar event’s team lineup and have named the members of the Nature Valley and Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars composite teams. The five-day stage race takes place in Minnesota and Wisconsin June 12-16.

Twelve riders qualified for the men’s and women’s Nature Valley composite team via six Pro Chase events held throughout the spring. The team’s riders have earned travel stipends, lodging, and team support for the event. U.S. professional road champion Jade Wilcoxson (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) is a product of the Pro Chase program.

Organizers also announced the six-woman roster for the Kowalski’s Markets team, which brings together top collegiate women’s riders to compete with the domestic elite peloton. The six riders will be seen wearing their university colors during VeloNews’ live video coverage of the Nature Valley Grand Prix next week.

Women’s teams for the 2013 Nature Valley Grand Prix
Birchwood Cycling
Colavita-Fine Cooking
Colombian National Team
ISCorp-ntelligentsia Coffee
Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars
Nature Valley Cycling Team
Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies
Rose Bandits
St. Paul Bicycle Racing Club
Tibco-To the Top

Men’s teams for the 2013 Nature Valley Grand Prix
California Giant-Specialized
CashCall Mortgage
Elbowz Racing-Boneshaker Project
Full Circle-Pure Gear
Get Crackin’
Horizon Organic-Panache
IScorp-Intelligentsia Coffee
Jamis-Hagens Berman
Jelly Belly-Kenda
Kelly Benefit Strategies-LSV
LAPT-Wilde Subaru
Mt Borah-Minerva Design
Nature Valley Cycling Team
Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies
Panther-Bakehouse Granola
Novo Nordisk Development
Think Finance-Trek Bike Stores
Twin Six-Metal

Nature Valley Cycling Team
Emily Georgeson
Alexis Zink
Kerrin Strevell
Anna Grace Christiansen
Caroline Moakley
Sarah Rice
Luciano Pavan
Ryan Schneider
Scott Giles
Stephen Bedford
Marcos Lazzarotto
Devin Clark

Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Stars
Erica Zaveta (Brevard College)
Christina Birch (MIT)
Justine Boddy (Colorado State University)
Katie Hall (University of California–Berkeley)
Rose Long (Icahn School of Medicine)
Abby Mickey (University of Colorado–Boulder)

Page signs with Competitive Cyclist

U.S. cyclocross champion Jonathan Page has signed a sponsorship deal with Salt Lake City-based Competitive Cyclist. Page, a part-time resident of Kamas, Utah, near the online retailer’s headquarters, will ride for the brand for the 2013-14 season.

“Jonathan is a perfect fit for Competitive on many levels — he’s the consummate professional, loves ice cream, and is a complete animal on the bike,” said Jonny Atencio, sports marketing manager at Competitive Cyclist and, in a press release. “Jonathan has logged countless hours and miles on his bike, and stood on many podiums. We’re now excited and looking forward to sharing these feats with him as part of the Competitive family.”

Competitive Cyclist formerly sponsored the UCI Continental team owned by On the Rivet Management, which runs the 5-hour Energy-Kenda team. Page was without a title sponsor for much of the 2012-13 season. Fuji signed the Belgium-based American in mid-January and he rode to a somewhat-surprising national title in Verona, Wisconsin.

Details of the contract were not released.