Tour of Utah unveils 2013 route with southern start

Brian Head will play host to the Tour of Utah's overall start in 2013, with a finish in Park City

Organizers for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah on Tuesday revealed the host cities for the 2013 race, which will reach into southern Utah for the first time in the event’s history. Brian Head and Cedar City will host the overall start for the race, which will finish six days later in Park City.

“We’ve always had our eye on expanding the Tour to the southern part of the state, and with great fan, sponsor and community support, we’ve been able to do that,” said Steve Miller, president of the Tour of Utah and COO of Miller Sports Properties. “Our fan base provided solid crowds every day last year, and we attracted widespread audiences watching the race live on FOX Sports Network and on the web with TourTracker. The Tour of Utah generated $14 million in direct economic impact for the state in 2012 and our race expansion is expected to have an even greater impact. From Cedar City to Park City, we appreciate the support of all our 2013 host cities and look forward to the biggest year yet.”

Stage 4 will see a return of a Salt Lake City circuit, similar to the one featured in 2011, which included the 13-percent-plus climb up State Street to the Capitol Building on each lap. Stage 5 will see the usual finish atop the 6.5-mile, 9.2-percent Little Cottonwood Canyon at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, but with a new start at Snowbasin Resort. The final stage will return to Empire Pass, site of Levi Leipheimer’s 2012 stage-winning attack, with the overall finish in Park City.

Organizers plan to announce additional route details and invited teams soon.

2013 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah stages
Stage 1: August 6, Brian Head — Cedar City
Stage 2: August 7, Panguitch — Torrey
Stage 3: August 8, Richfield — Payson
Stage 4: August 9, Salt Lake City Circuit Race
Stage 5: August 10, Snowbasin Resort to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Stage 6: August 11, Park City — Park City