09 December 2014

Host Cities for 2015 Tour of Utah Announced

A scenic Tour of Utah 2015

The host cities and stages of the Larry Miller Tour of Utah were announced today.

Tour of Utah: August 3-9, 2015

If you like taking a road trip through magnificent scenery; find rest stops oddly relaxing; enjoy exploring small towns in America and like the feel of the open road - the state of Utah is perfect for you. If you like unprecedented access to professional cycling teams and plenty of mountain climbs, the Tour of Utah (along with the Critérium du Dauphiné in France) is one of the best to see. If you want to be guaranteed that Astana will not be invited to your vacation, definitely go to Utah.

Although Utah is next door to Colorado, and along my usual drive home to California, I have never been to this race. It is true I don't care much for Tom Danielson, the overall winner for the past two years, but the real reasons are limited vacation days, the USA Pro Challenge taking place the following week, and my limited income (make that non-existent) does not allow me to spend lavishly upon hotels across the state of Utah (although they are not all that lavish), I'm just cheap.

From what I hear from fellow photographers - it is the race to attend. I particularly enjoyed hearing last year's story by Jens Voigt of leaving his hotel room to sneak out for a strawberry shake in Richfield, UT only to find a large group of riders doing the exact same thing. The Tour of Utah is an UCI-sanctioned, multi-stage, North American pro cycling event race, but one where you will enjoy a small town feel. Some very good teams raced in 2014, and not the same ones that competed at the Amgen Tour of California (May) or in the USA Pro Challenge (August).

Larry Miller Tour of Utah
August 3-9 2015
7 Stages

Host Cities and Stage of 2015 Larry Miller Tour of Utah Google Map

List of 2015 Host Cities (and thereby closely the route) of the Tour of Utah:

August 3, 2015 - Stage 1: Logan - Logan
August 4, 2015 - Stage 2: Tremonton - Ogden
August 5, 2015 - Stage 3: Antelope Island State Park (it's an island!) - Bountiful
August 6, 2015 - Stage 4: Soldier Hollow - Soldier Hollow
August 7, 2015 - Stage 5: Salt Lake City - Salt Lake City
August 8, 2015 - Stage 6: Salt Lake City - Snowbird Resort
August 9, 2015 - Stage 7: Park City

Tour of Utah Women’s Edition Criterium Classic

Day 1: Logan, UT
Day 2: Ogden, UT

The beautiful desert of Utah
Utah scenery.  Photo by Karen Rakestraw of Pedal Dancer®