The internationally-sanctioned, professional cycling stage race known as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM” just got distinctly tougher. Organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah revealed today that this year’s event, August 7-12, will increase the overall mileage from 409 miles to 545 miles of racing over six days. New and refreshed courses along the Wasatch Front will provide 37,500 vertical feet of climbing, including a new road race on the final day in Park City via the summit of Empire Pass.
Sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) as a 2.1-rated stage race, the Tour of Utah is renowned for challenging climbs, descents, twists, and turns along the scenic Wasatch Front of northern Utah. The Tour has added 33% more miles of racing for the athletes, of which much of this comes on the first day in Ogden with a 131.6-mile stage race rather than a short, opening Prologue. The Tour will also include 11 XO Communications Sprint Lines and 13 Ski Utah King of the Mountain (KOM) climbs this year. This is an increase from eight Sprint Lines and five KOM climbs in 2011. This year there is a 25% increase in elevation gain for the week, up from 30,000 feet to 37,415 feet of vertical gain.