Hailed by many as the best endurance supplement on the market, First Endurance’s line of Optygen products has a devoted following – so devoted, in fact, that many professional cyclists keep buying the stuff even after they sign on with teams sponsored by other fueling and supplement companies.
Road cyclists in the state’s capitol city are among the lucky when it comes to choices. If one wanted to, a cyclist in the valley could pick a different climb every day of the week and throw in numerous options to create almost-never-ending doses of vertical variety.
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.
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.