LOGAN — Even though rain hampered some of the excitement during Monday’s start of the 11th annual Tour of Utah, Mayor Craig Petersen said he was impressed.
The seven-day stage race began in Logan for the first time. A total of 16 men’s professional teams competed, bringing more than 120 athletes from 20 countries.
Petersen said it was first class event and was planned perfectly.
“This is a much bigger event than we anticipated when we first agreed to have them come,” said Petersen.
In addition to the men’s race that looped around Bear Lake and finished in downtown Logan, the tour also hosted a women’s circuit race, lifestyle expo and a kids bike race.
Petersen said after seeing the way Monday’s tour kicked off in Logan, he is already interested in having them back next year.
“Well that is the tour’s decision but I think if they decide they want to come back to Logan, this is a good enough event that we are certainly interested.”
Petersen said even though the tour conducted the races and events, most of the preparations were done locally. He expressed appreciation to Downtown City Alliance manager, Gary Saxton who was the general coordinator. The police, fire, and public works departments along with the local cycling community also helped.