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    I read in the paper that The Tour Of Utah is going to have a stage with 17,000 feet of climbing. How does that compare to other pro races.

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    Tour de Big Love!

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    5km vertical! The Giro doesn't have anything like that (but the climbs are very steep). What's the average grade on this TdU stage?

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    The stage is 114 miles thru several towns. It did not say anything about the average grade. But from the way they wrote about it, but must be a hard stage.

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    5km vertical! The Giro doesn't have anything like that (but the climbs are very steep). What's the average grade on this TdU stage?

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    Nothing about average grade, but its going to be a beast for sure.

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    By Linda Hamilton
    Deseret Morning News

    When Jason Preston was a youngster growing up as a bicycling enthusiast and watching the Tour de France on television, he got to thinking how Utah's mountains and valleys might stack up to those in France.
    His thought: "Boy, why not here? What would it be like to have Lance Armstrong in my backyard, racing up these mountains right here?"
    Armstrong has retired, but Preston's dream of having many of the top American pro cyclists eventually many top international racers is coming true.
    The Tour of Utah, which he started and directed for the first time last year as an all-comers race, has expanded to a six-stage event for the country's top 100 riders, now that it has the backing of Zions Bank, the Utah Sports Commission and the Larry H. Miller Group, for whom the event has been renamed the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.
    The race will be held Aug. 7-12 and have a $40,000 purse, along with another $5,000 kicked in by Zions at Tuesday's press conference at the Delta Center. This year's budget is about $800,000, and that will escalate in years to come, said Preston.
    The country's four top teams Toyota United, TIAA-Cref, Health Net and Navigators Insurance have already signed on for the 500-plus-mile event that bills itself as "America's toughest pro cycling race," mainly because of Stage 6.
    Stage 6, being called the Snowbird Mountain Race, on Aug. 12, is 185 kilometers starting at the Delta Center and going through Emigration Canyon, Park City and Provo Canyon, past Sundance and over the Alpine Loop to Traverse Ridge and then up Little Cottonwood Canyon Road to the 'Bird.
    Other major U.S. races like the tours of Georgia and California can't offer such difficulty.
    And it's that challenge that will draw the best, Preston said.
    "It's the terrain. It's Utah," he said, adding that such an altitude gain (some 17,000 feet) in just 119 miles isn't available anywhere else. "You can't find a stage like that anywhere."
    Gardie Jackson of the Sienna Development/Goble Knee Clinic team, one of four local racers at the press conference, agreed.
    "Nobody has ever seen anything like this. Stage 6, from a racer's standpoint, will break the backs of the majority of these riders," he said.
    Todd Hageman of the Park City Cycling Academy said cyclists get their kicks pushing their bodies.
    "I haven't seen a stage like this anywhere in this country that absolutely pushes you to the near absolute limit. This would be a tough stage if it stood by itself, but being at the end of a six-day series makes it that much more difficult. There's going to be a lot of people (who) find out what they're made of."
    Several of the riders said their familiarity with the terrain and altitude will help.
    "I've done all those climbs several times, but never together," said Hageman, who appreciates a couple more months to train.
    He hopes the Tour of Utah will bring athletes to train here, much like the Olympics beckoned winter athletes, and said the race will allow locals to measure themselves against the best in the country.
    The event's date, in the heat of August, was chosen to fit into openings on the national racing calendar and eventually into the international schedule, for when it becomes fully sanctioned.
    The first five stages will circle Utah Lake; go from Lehi to the Larry H. Miller Motorsports Park near Tooele and take a couple laps there; wind through Midway for time trials; go from Provo to the top of the Nebo Loop; and circle Salt Lake City, whose cyclist-mayor, Rocky Anderson, attended Tuesday's press conference.
    Race routes are tentative now, as permits are being secured, but they are pretty well roughed out.
    The Miller Group got involved, said Miller's son, Greg Miller, because such a race allows the firm to get in on the beginning of an event that fits the family's desire for family entertainment and competition that showcases their home state's beauties to the world.
    Greg Miller and brother Steve do some recreational bike riding, though not racing. Greg's 12-year-old son Josh rides a bit, too.
    "I realized his passion for cycling when he called me at the office one day and said, 'Hey, Dad, guess where I am?' " said Greg. Josh was at Snowbird, having ridden his bicycle up the canyon.
    Greg, who can name most of the world's top riders, has been to the Tour de France the past three years. He took his wife and four oldest children the second year, and they rented an RV to follow that world-renowned race for 12 days and 3,400 kilometers.
    They rode their bikes to the finish line of the Alpe d'Huez stage, won by Armstrong. "When Lance won that time trial, it was a very emotional thing" for Greg Miller.
    Interest by Greg and Steve Miller led the LHM Group involvement with the race at a time when Dad is already immersed with the opening of his Tooele Valley motorsports park.
    The Miller Group is also starting the Freedom Peloton, a fund-raising amateur event with proceeds going to Larry H. Miller Charities to promote children's health and education.
    Hundreds of volunteers will be needed for the race. Organizers have the volunteer list from the 2002 Olympics and hope to use some of those seasoned people. For information on volunteering or on the race itself, go to www.tourofutah.com

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    Yeah, as a Utah Native, I've ridden all the climbs that they're going to be doing in the TdU and they are all beasts! I haven't ridden them all back to back though, but it should be pretty fun. I personally can't wait and there are tons of climbing routes out here, so I'm sure they could mix it up quite a bit each year and still have gnarly stages every year. I have some info on a couple of the climbs that they'll be doing on my website. www.intermountaincycling.com

    First climb of Stage 6 http://www.intermountaincycling.com/...in.php?aName=2 (this one continues on further to Park City, my site does not include the leg up to PC)

    Climb up past Sundance Ski resort (about the 4th major climb in the route) http://www.intermountaincycling.com/...n.php?aName=10 (my page for this one isn't done yet)

    5th major climb http://www.intermountaincycling.com/...n.php?aName=17

    Final Climb of Stage 6 to Snowbird Ski Resort http://www.intermountaincycling.com/...in.php?aName=3

    This is the last climb of that Stage 6 of the TdU and in and of itself, it's about the same as L'Alpe d'Huez when it was ridden as a time trial in the TdF. I have other rides on there that include sections that they'll be doing in the TdU, but I don't have the exact route written out. Looks like I better get to work and put it up there.
    Last edited by cbass94; 05-04-2006 at 04:43 PM.

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    Hmm, the race start is pretty much in between the TdF and the Vuelta, may have a tough time getting traction from the Euro peleton.

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    Thanks for some of the inside info cbass94. I'm debating whether to race this year...it'll be very hard for sure, but it would be cool to do prior to it getting UCI status, then it will be pro only. Too bad they haven't got NRC status as that would be an immediate boost from the professional circuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbass94
    Yeah, as a Utah Native, I've ridden all the climbs that they're going to be doing in the TdU and they are all beasts!
    cbass94,

    Great website. I'm going to put that to good use! I'm from North Salt Lake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drone 5200
    cbass94,

    Great website. I'm going to put that to good use! I'm from North Salt Lake.
    Glad to hear it Drone! The part of my site where users can submit a route is not working correctly right now, I need to adjust it, but for now if you know of any rides/routes that you regularly ride, you can send them to bradleeduncan AT gmail DOT com and I'll post it up there. If you only have the distance of the ride, that's OK too, I can figure out the other stuff.

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    Wow, I'll have to do that as training for the LOTOJA.

    (www.lotojaclassic.com)

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    Yeah, the Lotoja is another great race. Not quite as much climbing, but 200 miles, that's what does it for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbass94
    If you only have the distance of the ride, that's OK too, I can figure out the other stuff.
    My group knows this ride as the "Marina Run". Start at the LDS conference center and go west to the Salt Lake Marina. Approx. 22 miles one way. Flat as can be. The frontage road to the Marina has zero traffic. There's a ride starting tomorrow (sat 5/6) at 8:00 a.m. You are welcome to join. Here's the link to the route.

    http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=166096

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    Perfect Drone, thanks! I am actually going out of town early tomorrow morning, so I won't be able to make the ride, but I might have to catch you guys on another weekend. Thanks again for the route, it's things like that that I like to put on my site. I'll get it up there soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbass94
    Yeah, the Lotoja is another great race. Not quite as much climbing, but 200 miles, that's what does it for me!
    Yeah, "only" like 7-8k of climbing. After doing that race, I now have a profound respect for stage racers. I was DEAD after that sucker. How they can race like and come back and do it again is amazing. BTW, I barely finished, I'm barely a cat 5. Narrowly. LOL.

    hey Drone, that frontage road is fun. But the wind! You have to go in a group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarbanzoBeanSnafu
    Yeah, "only" like 7-8k of climbing. After doing that race, I now have a profound respect for stage racers.
    If you live in Utah, try this race, the Wasatch 100. 26,800 feet of climbing in a 100 miles. You have to run it, though...
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    Holy crap. I had no idea the vertical gain in that sucker. That is nothing short of Turkish Prison Brutality.

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    I rode what will be stage 6 last year with some teammates (minus one climb) and it was INSANE. Like, bonk hard in provo and stop at fazoli's insane. I began to yell at anyone who sprinted for city limit signs on the way home- threatening their life. The best part about it is with a car you could easily watch every climb and descent if you timed it right!
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    That's cool man, where do you live anyway?

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    That stage will be insane. I hope they have some serious traffic management over Parley's. Otherwise, they could go over East Canyon to Henefer-Oakley, and over I40.

    That descent down from Traverse is going to be nuts too, especially if the Draper cross-winds are at it.

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    cbass- I'm in Missouri right now but I've been going to the U for the past two years and heading up the cycling team there. (If you weren't talking to me then...uh....I was never here)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FondriestFan
    That stage will be insane. I hope they have some serious traffic management over Parley's. Otherwise, they could go over East Canyon to Henefer-Oakley, and over I40.

    That descent down from Traverse is going to be nuts too, especially if the Draper cross-winds are at it.

    East canyon to Henefer is beautiful. And that wall of a hill right out of the Resort is crazy.

    I really think the intermountain west has a lot of mountain passes for pro races. Good grief, LOTOJA would be an awesome Fall classic. I'd love to see World Champ Boonen struggle up Strawberry Pass.

    Just to throw out a question, who do you think (from the pro peloton) would win LOTOJA? (a one-day 206 mile race with three big climbs) A strong, sprinter-type like Boonen, an all-rounder like Alejandro Valverde, or a time trialist like Landis or Zabriskie?

    My money would be on a strong team with climbing specialists who can pace between climbs. So... Landis.

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    xcmtngeek, yeah I was talking to you. I was actually just about to send another email about the U cycling team to you. My name is Brad Duncan (I've talked to you before about the team). Anyway, do you guys still do races together in the summer? Either way, I would still love to ride for the team now that I have more time.
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    Bump for a race that's coming up in a few days!!! And a link with more info.

    http://forums.roadbikereview.com/sho...t=tour+of+utah

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    Can't wait to drink beer and watch those poor poor bastards struggle up to Snowbird! However, it looks like the race oorganizers nuked quite a bit of climbing - mustn't have been able to get I-80 access....

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