Tuesday, August 9
Utah Olympic Park in Park City
Presented by KJZZ-TV and 1320 KFAN
In memory of Terry McGinnis
Length: 2 km (1.25 mi)
Start Time: 2 p.m.
Finish Time: 4:30 p.m.
Expo Hours: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
A prologue is a short time trial that helps establish the pecking order for the riders and teams as they head into the longer road stages. The Utah Olympic Park venue in Park City is a unique and wonderful location to watch a bike race. The course begins with a quick downhill before a crushing 2K hill climb to the top of the K120 Nordic Ski Jump.
Start: The start of the Prologue presented by KJZZ-TV and 1320 KFAN is a great place to watch the riders warm up. This is the time you should check out their high tech speed machines and hopefully grab an autograph or two. Also, make sure you take a few minutes to take in the Olympic Museum and perhaps youll see athletes training in the freestyle pool and Nordic jumps.
Finish: The top of the course provides a wonderful view of most of the course, as well as an eagles view of the entire Utah Olympic Park. If you dont feel like walking back down, make sure you get a ticket for the Zip Line or Alpine Slide and take the fast way down.
Wednesday, August 10
Ogden to Ogden
Presented by Miller Lite
Length: 187 km (116 mi)
Start Time: 11 a.m.
Finish Time: 3:45-4:30 p.m.
XO Communications Sprints: At the finish line area for first and second laps
Ski Utah KOM: 3 laps over North Ogden Pass
Expo Hours: Start: 10:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Start/Finish: With three circuits around the Ogden Valley, the start/finish on 25th street is a good place to watch the riders on the fastest portion of the course. The nearly 1.5-hour lap time affords plenty of time to grab a bite in one of Ogdens wonderful restaurants or check out the eclectic shops between laps.
North Ogden Pass: The riders will be waking up in the middle of the night screaming North Ogden Pass! Climbing this pass once can cause nightmares. Imagine what three times will do to a riders psyche. North Ogden Pass will quickly sort out those who are seriously hunting the overall.
Thursday, August 11
Xango to Provo
Presented by Adobe
Length: 161 km (100 miles)
Start Time: 11 a.m.
Finish Time: 2:45-3:30 p.m.
XO Communications Sprints: Goshen and Santaquin
Expo Hours: 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Start: The start at XANGO corporate headquarters provides a slightly more relaxed atmosphere for spectators to get close to the riders, and to see just how they prepare for a long day in the saddle.
Finish: Stage Two is the only opportunity for the sprinters. The mostly flat stage will be quick and furious. Get to the finish line in front of the Vivint headquarters a bit early and grab a spot close to the finish line to see all the excitement and blur of color as the riders sprint in an excess of 40mph!
Friday, August 12
Miller Motorsports Park
Presented by UnitedHealthcare
Individual Time Trial
Length: 15.6 km (9.7 mi)
Start Time: 5 p.m.
Finish Time: 7:30-8 p.m.
Expo Hours: 5 8 p.m.
Start/Finish: This individual time trial is located at one of the premier motor sports racing facilities in the world, Miller Motorsports Park. All the action will be located in one spot, which is new this year: the Start/Finish area where you can see the riders warm up in the garages, check out the Expo area in the Hot Pit lane, listen to the live band or wander to the different locations around the track to view this wonderful circuit.
Saturday, August 13
Downtown Salt Lake City
Presented by University of Utah Health Care
Length: 132 km (81.4 mi) – 11 laps
Start Time: 1 p.m.
Finish Time: 3:45-4:30 p.m.
Expo Hours: 12:30 pm.- 5 p.m.
Start/Finish: The Utah State Capitol Building provides a fitting backdrop to the start/finish of Stage Four in downtown Salt Lake City. With 11 circuits through the city and just as many trips up State Street, expect the peloton to get whittled down as the race whips through the streets of Salt Lake City.
Presidents Circle, University of Utah: Riders will hit the Horseshoe at full gas, then throttle down for a hard left turn, followed by one-block, 5% uphill, jockey-for-position slog just before hurtling downhill and back to downtown. This shady, leafy park in front of the 100 year-old U of U Park Administration Building is a great place to chill for 11 thrilling circuits. Bring your own lawn chairs and have fun.
State Street: With its short steep pitches and narrow road, State Street is a great place to watch the racers turn inside-out as they fight the violent 11 percent climb up to the Utah State Capitol. After the riders finish their 10th lap, start making your way up to the start/finish at the Capitol for the exciting conclusion to the race. (Insider tip: The right turn off of South Temple on to State will pinch the peloton from three lanes down to barely two. The Eagle Gate corner will be a great place to watch some world-class bike handlers in action.)
Sunday, August 14
Park City to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort
Presented by Zions Bank
Length: 161 km (100 mi)
Start Time: 11 a.m.
Finish Time: 3-4 p.m.
XO Communications Sprints: Kamas and Midway
Ski Utah KOM: Alpine Loop and Suncrest
Expo Hours: 12:30 4:30 p.m.
Start: The signature Queen stage of the Tour of Utah is Stage 4 presented by Zions Bank, and it will be worth the travel time to jump around on this course for multiple viewings. Start in Newpark area of Park City.
Mile 10: Blaze ahead of the peloton and watch them crest the first of many climbs today. With Jordanelle as the backdrop, this is one great photo opportunity.
Mile 32: Using the farm roads, get ahead of the caravan again and make your way to the second Hot Spot sprint of the day will be in Midway.
Mile 56: Although just about any spot along this scenic byway called Alpine Loop will be wonderful viewing, the KOM is prime viewing and has plenty of parking.
Mile 76: The top of Traverse Ridge in Draper will surely draw big crowds and great cycling; expect the top guys to fly over this climb in the big ring.
Mile 87: If you dont plan to drive to the finish, this little bump in Sandy offers great viewing as well. Park on one of the side streets and set your lawn chair out on Wasatch and listen to the coverage on KFAN and there will be live web cast on the Tour web site.
Mile 91: Dont believe the sign. Tanner Flat is anything but flat. This is the steepest section of the climb to Snowbird and has quickly become the favorite viewing spot for the Tour Fanatic. Pack a lunch and fill a cooler.
Finish: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort is the place to be on Sunday, August 14 if you are a cycling fan. Be sure to head up before 2:00pm or face a closed road.<a href=”http://www.cyclingutah.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Stage-01.jpg”><img class=”size-medium wp-image-2501″ alt=”Tour of Utah 2011 Stage 1″ src=”http://www.cyclingutah.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Stage-01-219×300.jpg” width=”219″ height=”300″ /></a> Tour of Utah 2011 Stage 1 <a href=”http://www.cyclingutah.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Stage-02.jpg”><img class=”size-medium wp-image-2502″ alt=”Tour of Utah 2011 Stage 2″ src=”http://www.cyclingutah.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Stage-02-216×300.jpg” width=”216″ height=”300″ /></a> Tour of Utah 2011 Stage 2 <a href=”http://www.cyclingutah.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Stage-04-pb-Univ-of-Utah-Health-Care.jpg”><img class=”size-medium wp-image-2503″ alt=”Tour of Utah 2011 Stage 4″ src=”http://www.cyclingutah.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Stage-04-pb-Univ-of-Utah-Health-Care-219×300.jpg” width=”219″ height=”300″ /></a> Tour of Utah 2011 Stage 4 <a href=”http://www.cyclingutah.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Stage-05.jpg”><img class=”size-medium wp-image-2504″ alt=”Tour of Utah Stage 2011 Stage 5″ src=”http://www.cyclingutah.com/cms/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Stage-05-218×300.jpg” width=”218″ height=”300″ /></a> Tour of Utah Stage 2011 Stage 5