BMC Racing Team’s Johan Tschopp found himself with the biggest win of his professional career after he used an impressive solo attack in Little Cottonwood Canyon to not only win the Tour of Utah queen stage at Snowbird, but vault himself to the top of the overall standings. From there, he survived an incredible assault by defending champion Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) up the Empire Pass Road south of Park City and emerged as the champion.
Interactive Map: MTF recently launched a new interactive map, the system spawns off of the popular skidmap.com platform, but the MTF version focuses on the greater Park City area of trails. The system is feature rich with the ability to create and share routes with friends, or even export as a gpx file for use with GPS systems. Please go give it a test drive. For more information, visit mountaintrails.org
We are fortunate to have a strong cyclocross scene here in Utah run by the fine folks over at UTCX. Those races start up on October 6th this year up in Ogden. Although suffering on a cyclocross bike may not seem like much of a break from working hard on a road bike, it does offer an interesting change of pace from the road scene and a chance to incorporate some running into my cycling efforts. I believe in keeping all energy levels firing to some degree throughout the year, and cyclocross is the perfect way to exercise your top-end when your head needs a break from the road bike efforts.
Any cyclist serious about getting faster knows there’s magic in that singular word. They may accept that it’s a certain type of dark magic, but there’s no denying the power and benefit that stands to be gained from throwing a regular dose of interval training into your workouts.
Perhaps the only thing more exciting than the six days of racing the Tour of Utah provided in 2012 is the prospects of even more bicycle racing with the world’s best teams and cyclists spending a few more days pedaling around the Beehive State in 2013. It was a poorly-kept secret that the Tour of Utah had its collective eyes set on a possible extension of the race into the southern portion of the state. Steve Miller, CEO of the race, confirmed those rumors as he met with the cycling media as the 2012 version of the race came to a close.