Nine Teams Receive Initial Invitations to Compete for $10,000 Prize Purse at Tour of Utah Women’s Edition
Two Additional Racing Events Added by Local Organizing Committees in
Cedar City and at Miller Motorsports Park
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (May 29, 2014) – Women’s teams from across the U.S. have requested invitations to race at the inaugural Tour of Utah Women’s Edition circuit race at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on August 6. A special prize purse of more than $10,000 will be awarded to the professional women’s competitors for the midweek circuit race.
Organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah added this 15-lap event for elite and professional women to coincide with Stage 3 of the men’s professional stage race. The Tour of Utah Women’s Edition takes place from 12:30-2 p.m. on a 2.2-mile section of the road course at Miller Motorsports Park, a state-of-the-art road racing facility in Tooele. Admission is free for spectators, who are encouraged to come at noon for rider sign-in and ceremonies. The men’s event on August 6 — Stage 3 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah — will be contested from Lehi to Tooele, and is expected to conclude at Miller Motorsports Park between 3-4 p.m. The Tour of Utah is a seven-stage UCI event that takes place August 4-10.
“This is the first time in the 10-year history of the Tour of Utah that women’s elite and professional cycling will be featured. We are pleased to showcase some of the best professional women in the sport, and provide a prize purse that is equal to the men’s event for a single day of stage racing,” said Alex Kim, race director for the Tour of Utah Women’s Edition, which is sanctioned by USA Cycling.
Requests for invitations in the Women’s Edition will be accepted by the Tour of Utah through Friday, June 6, 2014, using a submission form at www.tourofutah.com. Formal invitations will be announced after June 16 for professional teams, domestic elite and established teams, and qualified riders who seek to join a composite team. Some of the top-ranked teams on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar who have requested entry to date are: Colavita-Fine Cooking (ranked 3rd), Twenty16 Professional Cycling (ranked 7th), DNA Cycling p/b K4 (ranked 8th), as well as Guru Cycles p/b Haute Wheels, Pepper Palace Pro Cycling, Vanderkitten Racing and Monster Media. Two Utah-based composite teams being assembled for the event are LiVe Well p/b Bountiful Bicycle and Canyon Bicycles-Shimano.
Two additional events have been added during race week of the Tour of Utah. The Local Organizing Committee in Cedar City has announced that it will host a women’s-only competition on Monday, August 4, called the Cedar City Grand Prix. On Wednesday, August 6, following the conclusion of Stage 3, the track at Miller Motorsports Park will be used for the inaugural Chase Pinkham Memorial Criterium, which will include categories for amateur men, women, and juniors.
The Cedar City Grand Prix is a 60-minute criterium that will be held August 4 in conjunction with Stage 1 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. It is the second consecutive year that Cedar City has hosted the overall start of the Tour of Utah. Both races on Monday will share the same start/finish line in downtown Cedar City. The Cedar City Grand Prix is supported by Southern Utah University’s cycling program. The event is being managed by Bobby Cannon, and former women’s professional cyclist Dr. Nichole (Nicky) Wangsgard, who raced professionally for eight years.
The Chase Pinkham Memorial Criterium will use a section of Miller Motorsports Park for a series of eight timed races for men, women and juniors. The races will begin following the awards ceremony of Stage 3 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah. A total of $4,000 will be awarded for these events, with $1,500 up for grabs in the men’s and women’s Category 1-2 races. The event is named in honor of Chase Pinkham, a former professional cyclist from Salt Lake City who passed away unexpectedly this winter. Registration for the USAC-sanctioned races is $40 per individual, and $20 for juniors.
The 2014 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is sanctioned by both USA Cycling and the UCI. The Tour of Utah is a 2.1-rated UCI American Tour stage race and is one of the top professional cycling events in North America. Host venues for 2014 are Cedar City, Panguitch, Torrey, Lehi, Miller Motorsports Park, Ogden, Powder Mountain, Evanston (Wyoming), Kamas, Salt Lake City, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, and Park City. Details about each stage will be announced in June.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah continues to be free to all spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique professional sports in the world today. More information about the Tour of Utah and Tour of Utah Women’s Edition can be found by visiting www.tourofutah.com, as well as social channels Facebook (tourofutah), Twitter (thetourofutah #TOU14 #TOUWE), Instagram (thetourofutah) and YouTube (2014 Tour of Utah). Information on the Cedar City Grand Prix can be found at www.cedarcitygrandprix.com. Information on the Chase Pinkham Memorial Criterium can be found at www.extramileracing.com.
About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, referred to as “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM,” is a week-long, professional stage race for the best cycling teams in the world. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the 2014 Tour of Utah has expanded to seven days of racing and community festivals. The 2013 Tour of Utah covered 586 miles of racing, spanning some of the state’s most beautiful and challenging terrain with lush forests and red rock spires in the south and the urban corridor and epic peaks along the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains in the north. This is the fourth year the Tour of Utah will be sanctioned as a 2.1-rated stage race on the UCI America Tour, making it one of the premier events in North America. A total of 16 professional teams, including five from the Tour de France, competed in 2013, bringing 122 athletes from 32 countries. For more information, www.tourofutah.com.
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Jackie Tyson, Media Relations Manager, Tour of Utah
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