The cycling competition that bills itself as “America’s Toughest Stage Race” is returning to Box Elder County this year, and will include a short loop through the Bear River Valley.
Organizers of the 2019 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah announced route details last week for the prestigious race, which runs from Aug. 12-18. Now in its 15th year, the Tour of Utah has become one of the premier events for professional cyclists in North America.
The entire race will be held in the northern part of the state this time around. New territory will be covered on four of the seven days of racing, beginning with a mountain prologue at Snowbird Resort on Aug. 12.
The real competition begins on Tuesday, Aug. 13, when the first stage returns to Cache Valley for a third time. It begins in North Logan, featuring a completely new 86.9-mile course that traverses the western slopes of the Bear River Mountains for 4,310 feet of elevation gain.
The first sprint line of the week will be contested in downtown Newton, after which riders will make two circuits around Little Mountain in a bid to earn the race’s first King of the Mountain points. The first stage will finish back in North Logan, with five laps around town that will provide spectators with a full hour of action.
Box Elder County comes into the picture on Wednesday, Aug. 14 for the 84.4-mile second stage, beginning in Brigham City with festivities in front of the historic county courthouse.
After 1.5 ceremonial miles along Main Street, the stage officially starts shortly after noon on SR 13, heading north on 2400 West, turning left on 3000 North to 2800 West, then north again to Calls Fort Road, where riders will head east over the freeway overpass to Honeyville, then south on Hwy. 38 back to Brigham City, where another sprint line will be contested at Main and Forest Street.
The route will then head down Hwy. 89 through Perry and Willard to Weber County and will finish with two grueling climbs: first over the North Ogden Divide, then up to the 8,900-foot summit of Powder Mountain after two laps around Pineview Reservoir.
Davis County will host the third stage, which begins at Antelope Island State Park and ends in North Salt Lake. Stage 4 will consist of eight laps around downtown Salt Lake City on a traditional circuit course.
Summit and Wasatch counties will host the fifth and sixth stages, with the overall finish line on Main Street in Park City on Sunday, Aug. 18.
The entire seven-day race will cover 477 miles and nearly 38,000 feet of elevation gain. Detailed maps and videos for race week are now available at the official web site at www.tourofutah.com.
National television broadcasts for the Tour of Utah will be available across the U.S. on FOX Sports Network, followed by one-hour highlight shows each evening. TourTracker will provide live start-to-finish race coverage via webcast and mobile applications.