The Larry H Miller Tour of Utah is a one of only five UCI-sanctioned, multi-stage, North American pro cycling events to be held in 2014. Known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race”, the first major international cycling event following the Tour de France, it has begun to attract world wide attention. Sixteen professional teams have entered. Six will be UCI Pro Teams, three UCI Pro Continental Teams, and seven US-based Continental Teams. Two “developmental” teams will race, showcasing the up and coming stars of the future. This year’s edition will be the longest stage race in North America with over 753 miles and a total of 57,863 feet of vertical gain over the seven days of racing.
The race has seven stages, varying from urban city street loops, to massive climbs, and even a few miles of “dirt” road. The first stage begins in Cedar City and the last ends in Park City. Routes go through, or past, National Parks, National Monuments, Scenic Highways, picturesque canyons, country lanes, and city streets. See the Tour of Utah web page for details of each stage, the riders, and other info.
One of the best aspects of the race ?? The admission is FREE… Just decide where you like to be to view a stage, find a place along the road or street, and settle in for a brief, but exciting, scene as more than 150 riders “fly” past. Several BBIU member inns are right on the race route, so a front porch view is certainly a possibility. Each stage location/route has BBIU member inns along the way. Check out BBIU’s Pinterest page for more info. Or The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah site for all member inns and their information.
And be sure to “ask an innkeeper”. They will often have a favorite viewing spot that they’d be willing to share.