August 3, 2013

Tour of Utah Race

Tour of Utah

The Larry H. Mill Tour of Utah Race is coming to Cedar City on Tuesday August 6th. Many months have been spent in preparation for the highly anticipated event, and we are excited to welcome the athletes and staff. Teams from each continent will be competing in this rigorous race, and Southern Utah offers steep climbs with a gorgeous backdrop for these world-class athletes. The race will be broadcast live in 50 countries.

Stage 1 begins in Brian Head at 9,600 feet, which is the highest starting point of any other race in North America, a this season. Riders will encounter a sharp climb to Cedar Breaks National Monumewhere they will look over the natural amphitheatre comprised of red sedimentary rock sculptures called hoodoos. Next, riders will race to the highest point of the day, Markagunt Plateau, at 10,300 feet. For a reprieve, riders will enjoy a descent to placid Panguitch Lake and down through Cedar Canyon. The excitement will peak as the athlete are greeted in Cedar City and race to the finish line located in the Historic Downtown of Cedar.

The Tour of Utah was nominated for the 2013 Sport Travel Award, and we look forward to hosting such a prestigious event. We hope that many will see the challenges and beauty that can be enjoyed in Southern Utah and that future riders of all skill levels will come test their stamina in our mountains.

Here is a glimpse of the course:

Brian Head

brian head mountain summer

 

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks Hoodoos

 

Markagunt Plateau

Markagunt Plateau

 

Panguitch Lake

Panquitch Lake

 

Down Town Cedar City

Down Town Cedar City

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