With a little more than two months before the 15th edition of the Tour of Utah will begin, the exact route has been announced.

Organizers of the 2019 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah revealed details Wednesday in Salt Lake City. The race will cover 477 miles over seven days, Aug. 12-18. It will visit Cache Valley for the third time on Aug. 13.

After a Prologue at Snowbird Resort to begin the Tour on Aug. 12, the action moves north to Cache County. Stage 1 will start and finish in North Logan City, which will be a first for the Tour. The previous two visits to the valley began and finished in Logan.

The Tour called Stage 1 “a course that traverses the western slopes of the Bear River Mountains for 4,310 feet of elevation gain” and will cover 86.9 miles. The stage will begin at 12:30 p.m. on a Tuesday near Meadow View Park in North Logan, then head west to Newton. There will be two circuits around Little Mountain and through Newton. Two King of the Mountain climbs will take place just outside Trenton.

After the final pass through Newton, the race will follow Sam Fellow Road to Airport Road and back into North Logan for five “fast and furious” laps. Rolling in a clockwise direction, the cyclists will pass the finish line at Meadow View Park on each lap, which will be 7.2 miles long. Each lap is expected to take between 15-18 minutes, giving spectators the opportunity to watch for more than an hour. The race should be over between 3:30 and 4 p.m.

The event is free to all spectators.

“This year’s Tour of Utah has a number of exciting route highlights from a new overall start at Snowbird Resort to the popular circuit race at the Capitol on a Friday evening,” said John Kimball, managing director of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, in a press release. “The return to Powder Mountain Resort this year will certainly be an epic stage. A true champion among the 120-plus athletes will be crowned at the end of race week in Park City.”

During the seven days, cyclists will climb a total of 37,882 feet and compete in 13 Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain climbs. A total of 15 Utah Sports Commission Sprint competitions will be held during the week — the most since 2015. This race has become known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race.”

This is the sixth year for the Tour to be sanctioned as a 2.HC-rated stage race by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), making it one of the premier events for professional cycling teams in North America.

Detailed maps and videos for race week are now available at the official website: www.tourofutah.com. National television broadcasts for the Tour of Utah will be available across the U.S. on FOX Sports Network (FSN), followed by one-hour highlight shows each evening.

 

Shawn Harrison is the sports editor at The Herald Journal. He can be reached at sharrison@hjnews.com or 435-792-7233.

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