The Tour of Utah (ToU) is set for August 13th-17th. Positioned along the Rocky Mountain’s Wasatch Front mountain range, the ToU is a 5-day, 5-stage, 336 mile road race that includes 30,000 feet of climbing. All racing takes place within a 100-mile radius that encompasses Salt Lake City, Nephi, and Ogden, Utah.
The teams participating in the 2008 ToU is impressive. They are:
Bissell Pro Cycling Team
BMC Racing Team
California Giant Team
The Fan Sports Network Team
Hagens Berman Cycling Team
Health Net Pro Cycling
Jittery Joe’s Pro Cycling Team
Symmetrics Pro Cycling Team
Successful Living Pro Cycling Team
Team Type 1
Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team
Utah All Stars
Stage 1 starts and ends in Nelphi City Park and contains 4,851 feet of climbing over 101.8 miles. Stage 2 starts at Ogden Pioneer Stadium and ends in Salt Lake City. It’s 85 miles in length with 10,585 feet of climbing. Stage 3 is the Toyota Downtown Criterium in Pioneer Park. It will consist of 60 minutes plus 3 laps of riding over a flat course. Stage 4 is set to be the crux of the race with 14,778 feet of climbing over 98 miles. It starts at The Lodge at Park city and finishes at Snowbird Ski Resort. Stage 5 is a 7.5 mile individual time trial at Miller Motor Sport Park.
Overall it looks to be a very, very tough race and looks like it may live up to its billing as “America’s toughest stage race.”
With this many teams riding there are some notables that will be pumping the cranks. They are: Scott Nydam (BMC), Danny Pate (Garmin-Chipotle), Rory Sutherland (Health Net), Tyler Hamilton (Rock Racing), Oscar Sevilla (Rock Racing), and Victor Hugo Pena (Rock Racing). I’m sure there are others that I didn’t mention so please forgive me if I left any obvious picks out.
I’ll do my best to keep you updated each day with a summary of the day’s stage and overall leaders. With no television coverage that I know of (except maybe some local news), updates will be gathered via the Internet.