SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (May 7, 2014) – Organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah have added a cycling event for elite and professional women on Wednesday, August 6 to coincide with the men’s professional stage race. TheTour of Utah Women’s Edition will be a circuit race at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, taking place at the same venue that will serve as the finish of Stage 3 for the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. The men’s professional race, known as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM”, expanded to seven days this year and will take place August 4-10.
Women’s elite and professional cycling will be featured for the first time in the Tour of Utah’s 10-year history. The Tour of Utah Women’s Edition will utilize a 2.2-mile section of the road course at Miller Motorsports Park for a 15-lap circuit race. Rider sign-in and ceremonies will begin at noon (MT), with racing from 12:30-2 p.m. The men’s stage race on August 6 will be contested from the start in Lehi to the finish at Miller Motorsports Park and is expected to conclude between 3-4 p.m.
“The Tour of Utah is proud to provide the opportunity and showcase the competitiveness of women’s cycling with a collection of the top professional, national and composite teams,” said Alex Kim, race director for the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition, sanctioned by USA Cycling. “The inclusion of a circuit race at Miller Motorsports Park will double the excitement for spectators at the finish line with the women’s and men’s events.”
The Tour of Utah is currently accepting requests for entry from professional teams, domestic elite and established teams, and qualified riders who seek to join a composite team. Interested teams and individuals should visit www.tourofutah.com to complete the request form. Requests for invitation close on Friday, June 6, 2014. Teams will be announced starting June 16.
“It’s great to see another big American race is adding a women’s race during a year, where women’s racing is really making its mark. I grew up in Utah and started my cycling career by training on all of the beautiful roads featured in the Tour of Utah. I’m excited to see the progress being made with the addition of this race to the Tour of Utah,” said Utahn Tayler Wiles, a professional cyclist with Team Specialized-lululemon. Wiles recently won the women’s pro race at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Her team, ranked No. 4 for Elite Women by the Union Cycliste International (UCI), has been invited to participate in the new race.
The 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is sanctioned by both USA Cycling and the UCI. The Tour of Utah is a 2.1-rated UCI American Tour stage race and is one of the top professional cycling events in North America. Host venues for 2014 are Cedar City, Panguitch, Torrey, Lehi, Miller Motorsports Park, Ogden, Powder Mountain, Evanston (Wyoming), Kamas, Salt Lake City, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and Park City. Details about each stage will be announced in June.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah continues to be free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today. More information about the Tour of Utah and its partners can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channelsFacebook (tourofutah), Twitter (thetourofutah #TOU14 #TOUWE), Instagram (thetourofutah) andYouTube (2014 Tour of Utah).
About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, referred to as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM,” is a week-long, professional stage race for the best cycling teams in the world. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the 2014 Tour of Utah has expanded to seven days of racing and community festivals. The 2013 Tour of Utah covered 586 miles of racing, spanning some of the state’s most beautiful and challenging terrain with lush forests and red rock spires in the south and the urban corridor and epic peaks along the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in the north. This is the fourth year the Tour of Utah will be sanctioned as a 2.1-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events in North America. A total of 16 professional teams, including five from the Tour de France, competed in 2013, bringing 122 athletes from 32 countries. For more information,www.tourofutah.com.