Cedar City to host Tour of Utah kickoff party Aug. 4


CEDAR CITY–Prior to the first pedal strokes by the celebrated professional cycling teams competing in the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, spectators will be treated to a Tour of Utah Kickoff Party in Cedar City on Saturday, Aug. 4. Throughout the weeklong, internationally sanctioned stage race on Aug. 6-12, a full schedule of complimentary festival activities will be provided daily for spectators at each host community.

Cedar City will host the Tour of Utah for a fourth time, serving as the race headquarters for the overall start festivities and playing host to the second day of racing with the start/finish of Stage 1 on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Saturday’s Tour of Utah Kickoff Party will take place at the Ashton Family Greenshow Commons on the campus of Southern Utah University (200 W. University Boulevard). The Greenshow Commons, used nightly by the Utah Shakespeare Festival performers, provides a grassy hill for seating and a wooden stage for entertainment. Cycling fans are invited to meet and greet the more than 120 professional cyclists competing in this year’s Tour during the Kickoff Party, which begins with live music by Wilhelm and games on the lawn at 3:30 p.m.

During the seven full days of racing, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will deliver daily spectator activities for race starts and finishes. These community celebrations are held at the nine host venues and include the Papa John’s Autograph Alley and Rider Sign-In, Kids’ Sprint to the Finish Bike Races presented by University of Utah Health, and the KUTV 2 Healthy Living Expo. In addition, online voting will return for the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite award jersey.

One hour prior to the race start each day, the Papa John’s Rider Sign-In and Autograph Alley will permit fans to interact with the world’s best cyclists for photographs and signatures. Spectators will be allowed to interact with the professional athletes as they walk along Autograph Alley to the Sign-In stage. Race announcers will interview athletes from the stage, providing insights before the high-speed action commences.

Finish line areas during race week will feature the KUTV 2 Healthy Living Expo. This year is unique in that five host venues — St. George, Cedar City, Payson City, Salt Lake City and Park City — will have both the race start and finish lines, which will offer the expo experience for the entire day. The KUTV 2 Healthy Living Expo delivers an array of interactive exhibits, official Tour merchandise, vendors, and live entertainment, including a jumbo television screen to watch the race live throughout the course.

The Kids’ Sprint to the Finish Bike Races presented by University of Utah Health are recreational bicycle races for children ages five to 12. This is an opportunity for children to ride their own bicycles on part of the course used by the pros. Complimentary registration is available at the University of Utah Health information tent in the KUTV 2 Healthy Living Expo. Races will be held at six venues, using a section of the Tour of Utah race course. All participating children are required to bring their own bicycles and helmets. Details about expo locations, start/finish areas and race times will be available on the Tour of Utah website.

Beginning Aug. 6 with the Prologue in St. George, fans can cast daily ballots at TourofUtah.com to select the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite rider. Six athletes will be nominated each day in various categories, such as a best climber or most promising rookie. The athletes who receive the most votes each day for a specific category will be recognized as the America First Credit Union Fan Favorite.

The Tour of Utah will start on Aug. 6 in St. George for the first time with a Prologue, and conclude seven days later in Park City. Additional host venues are Cedar City, Payson City, Antelope Island State Park, Layton City, Salt Lake City, Canyons Village, and Snowbird Resort.

 

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