The Tour of Utah will be once again begin in Cache Valley this year, but how locals can enjoy it will be different. In 2015 and 2017, Tour of Utah kicked off its 477-mile race in Logan. The course took riders up Logan Canyon, around Bear Lake and back into Logan. This year, the race begins in North Logan on Tuesday, August 13th but will stay in Cache Valley.
According to the Tour of Utah, Stage 1 will feature a completely new 86.9-mile course that will give people throughout Cache Valley opportunities to watch the riders, including a sprint in downtown Newton. After the sprint, riders will stay in that area by making two trips around Little Mountain, riding near Trenton.
After the riders pass through Newton for the final time, the race heads back east, following Sam Fellow Road to Airport Road and comes back into North Logan. The race day will conclude with five finishing laps in a clockwise direction, each being 7.2 miles in length. The finish line area will be at Meadow View Park, near the George S. Eccles Ice Arena. Each trip around the loop is estimated to take 15-18 minutes to complete, meaning the race will continue for a solid hour as it weaves through North Logan. Stage 1 is expected to begin at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at approximately 3:45 p.m. and will include 4,310 feet of elevation gain for the riders.
Once again Brigham City will host Stage 2 of the race. The race will begin at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14th in front of the Box Elder County Courthouse and continue for 1.5 miles along Main Street. Once riders hit Promontory Road (State Route 13) they will make a 34-mile loop through northern Box Elder County. The riders will once again come through Brigham City (approximately 40-50 minutes later) heading south on Main Street. The first sprint of day two will take place at the West Forest Street intersection.
From there, the riders head south down Highway 89 into Weber County. A second sprint line will take place along 2700 North in North Ogden, on the way to North Ogden Canyon. This is where riders will have another opportunity for King of the Mountain points on the North Ogden Divide. After coming through the winding canyon, riders will circle Pineview Reservoir twice in a counter-clockwise direction, sprinting through Huntsville using State Route 39. After the riders have completed their trips around the reservoir, they will need to make one more climb to end the day. The Tour of Utah will conclude at Hidden Lake Lodge on the summit of Powder Mountain, culminating in 7,310 feet of elevation gain for the day. This new section for the tour is an extra 1.4 miles above the tree line than was previously raced in 2015.
Other stages take riders to Antelope Island, through Salt Lake City, throughout Summit County and concludes in Park City on Sunday, August 18th. This is the 15th year for the stage race which is now known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race” and is regarded as one of the premier events for professional cycling teams in North America.