Record 13 Host Venues Announced for “America’s Toughest Stage Race
Spotlighting the famous red rock country adjacent to several national parks, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah professional cycling event will begin in southern Utah for a third time.
At an announcement today in the Megaplex Theatres at The Gateway, organizers of the Tour of Utah revealed the 13 cities and venues that will host the annual, professional men’s road cycling stage race. Scheduled for August 1-7, 2016, the event will begin outside Zion National Park, the southernmost point in Utah of the event’s 12-year history, and finish on Historic Main Street in Park City.
Three venues are hosting the Tour for the first time — Escalante, Kearns and Zion Canyon Village. Park City and Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort have the longest tenure as host venues, having served for eight and nine consecutive years, respectively. The additional host venues are Antelope Island State Park, Bountiful, Cedar City, IM Flash (Lehi), Payson, Richfield, Snowbasin Resort, and Torrey. Thirteen is the highest number of venues for one race since 2014, when the Tour expanded from six to seven days of racing and 12 communities served as the start and finish hosts.
The overall start of the Tour of Utah will commence at Zion Canyon Village, which sits 163 miles from Las Vegas, Nevada. This 12-acre business district is located outside the south entrance toZion National Park. On the second day of the race, Escalante will alsohost a stage start for the first time. The race passed through this community in two previous visits to Garfield County (2013, ’14). Escalante is adjacent to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, positioned between Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park.
While the Tour has passed through Salt Lake County 10 of the past 12 years, the 2016 race will mark the inaugural finish in the township of Kearns in the southern part of the county. The Utah Olympic Oval is located in Kearns, which hosted the long track speed skating events for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. This five-acre facility is known as the “Fastest Ice on Earth” and is the home to more than 100 world records in speed skating.
“Each year the Tour of Utah changes the race route, following a tradition of other UCI stage races in the world. We are able to showcase more communities across the state, as well as to provide a variety of courses for the top professional cycling teams each August. With 2016 being the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in the United States, we are privileged to highlight these world-famous parks at the start of race week,” said Jenn Andrs, executive director of the Tour of Utah.
Known as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM”, the 2015 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah featured 712 miles of racing and 51,422 feet of elevation gain. The 2016 Tour of Utah continues to be sanctioned by both USA Cycling and the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale). As a 2.HC-rated UCI America Tour event, the Tour of Utah is one of the top professional cycling events in North America.
Details regarding each stage route (race mileage, elevation gain, start/finish times) and spectator festivities will be announced in the spring. Plans will also be confirmed for a third year of women’s racing in the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition in the coming months.
2015 Tour of Utah champion Joe Dombrowski (USA) of Team Can nondale-Garmin Pro Cycling also participated in the announcement event. “The 2015 Tour of Utah was my first professional victory at a UCI stage race. The really hard climbs throughout the week make it a difficult race. The announcement today about starting in southern Utah will spark some buzz about the event among the athletes I am sure. I know I hope to be back in Utah in August to defend my title for the team,” said Dombrowski, who also won Stage 6 on the signature climb to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.
An attendance record was set in 2015 with 380,000 spectators over the seven days of racing. A new high of $22 million in economic impact was generated at the Tour of Utah for the state. The event was the only stage race in North America to feature start-to-finish live webcasting, viewed by users from 139 countries. More than 21 hours of national television coverage was provided by FOX Sports and FOX Sports Networks, including 14 hours of live racing.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah continues to be free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today. More information about the Tour of Utah and the host venues can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (@tourofutah, #TOU16 #TOUWE16), and Instagram (thetourofutah).
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About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, referred to as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM,” is a week-long, professional cycling stage race for the best men’s teams in the world. The 2016 event will be held Aug. 1-7. Now in its 12th year, the event was elevated in 2015 as a 2.HC-rated UCI stage race, making it one of the premier events in North America. The 2015 Tour of Utah covered 712 miles of racing and 51,442 feet of climbing. A total of 16 men’s professional teams competed, bringing more than 125 athletes from 24 countries. For women’s professional and elite teams, a two-day Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic was held in 2015, sanctioned by USA Cycling. The 2015 Tour of Utah men’s champion was Joe Dombrowski (USA) of Team Can nondale-Garmin Pro Cycling and the 2015 Tour of Utah Women’s Edition champion was Hannah Barnes (GBR) of UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling. The Tour of Utah is owned by Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. More information about the Tour of Utah and the host venues can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (tourofutah), and Instagram (thetourofutah).
About Larry H. MIller Sports & Entertainment
Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment is an industry leader consisting of the NBA Utah Jazz, MiLB Triple-A Salt Lake Bees; NBA D-League Idaho Stampede; Fanzz Sports Stores; Megaplex Theatres; Saxton Horne Communications; Vivint Smart Home Arena; KJZZ 14 Television; The Zone Sports Network (97.5 FM, 1280 AM); Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah professional cycling race; and All-Star Catering.
Jackie Tyson, Media Relations Manager, Tour of Utah
2016 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah – August 1-7