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Tour of Utah announces 2015 route, expanded women’s event

The Tour of Utah will visit five new host cities in 2015 on a route that stays in the northern half of the state

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah announced its 2015 route on Tuesday, one that will include five new host cities. The race will run August 3-9, exclusively in the northern half of Utah. For the first time, the event will also include a two-day competition for women.

Logan will host the overall start for the weeklong competition, in the northernmost section of the Wasatch Mountain Range. Tremonton and Bountiful join Logan as first-time host cities for the tour. Two additional inaugural stops are state parks — Antelope Island State Park in Davis County and Soldier Hollow, which is part of Wasatch Mountain State Park in the Heber Valley.

Returning host venues include Ogden, Park City, Salt Lake City, and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, which have all provided a start or finish line for the tour on seven or more occasions. Salt Lake City is hosting two stages during the race week for the fourth time.

2015 Tour of Utah route

Stage 1: Monday, August 3, Logan
Stage 2: Tuesday, August 4, Tremonton to Ogden
Stage 3: Wednesday, August 5, Antelope Island State Park to Bountiful
Stage 4: Thursday, August 6, Soldier Hollow to Heber Valley
Stage 5: Friday, August 7, Salt Lake City
Stage 6: Saturday, August 8, Salt Lake City to Snowbird Ski
Stage 7: Sunday, August 9, Summer Resort Park City

This is the first year the Tour of Utah has been elevated to the highest classification on the UCI America Tour. As 2.HC-rated stage race, the Tour of Utah joins the Amgen Tour of California (May 10-17) and USA Pro Challenge (August 17-23) as the only events on the UCI America Tour with this top designation. The top rating by the UCI permits the Tour of Utah to invite more ProTeams for the weeklong competition; teams will be announced in the coming months.

“The Tour of Utah elects to change the race route each year as is traditional in the grand tours of Europe,” said Steve Miller, president of Miller Sports Properties, which organizes the Tour of Utah. “We are excited to explore the scenic, open roads of northern Utah with five new host venues as well as return to the favorite locales of our fans along the Wasatch Front. We have a tremendous lineup of host venues for a week of world-class cycling next summer.”

Tour of Utah organizers have expanded competitive racing for elite and professional women’s teams to include two full days of racing. Logan and Ogden will host the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic. The event, an omnium format, is part of USA Cycling’s National Criterium Calendar and will be held August 3-4.

This year’s host venues allow the Tour of Utah to expand to the most northern sections of the state. This area along the western Rocky Mountains includes scenic canyons, alpine terrain, and waterways. The race will visit the largest island in the Great Salt Lake (Antelope Island in Davis County for Stage 3) and one of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games venues (Soldier Hollow in the Heber Valley).

Details regarding each stage route (mileage, elevation, start/finish times) will be announced in the coming months.

In 2014, Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) claimed the overall title at the Tour of Utah for a second year in a row. The inaugural Tour of Utah Women’s Edition was held on August 6, 2014, a 15-lap circuit race at Miller Motorsports Park, and was won by American Coryn Rivera of UnitedHealthcare.