Organisers of the Larry H. Miller UCI 2.Pro Tour of Utah professional stage race have confirmed a restart for the US event is planned in 2022, including the hugely popular Tour of Utah Ultimate Challenge Gran Fondo that lets amateurs ride a stage of the professional race.
Last run in 2019, the UCI race and gran fondo were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, logistics and financial uncertainty.
Medalist Sports, a full-service sports management company, has been tapped to organise the 2022 edition. They bring a strong track record of hosting major cycling races in the USA, including the Tour of California, USA Pro Challenge, Tour de Georgia and Tour of Missouri.
Leaving hours before the pros, Tour of Utah Ultimate Challenge Gran Fondo cyclists will tackle the same brutal course and climbs as the professionals. Billed as “America’s Toughest One Day Cycling Adventure,” in 2019 amateurs rode 94 miles and climbed 8100 feet, including epic Empire Pass, before enjoying a cold beer as they watched the pros finish.
While dates have yet to be confirmed the event is targeting its normal July/August timeframe.
The Tour of Utah had been the highest-ranked men’s stage race in North America, providing amateurs and spectators the opportunity to rub elbows with top WorldTour riders and teams.
In 2019, the overall title was won by Ben Hermans (ISRAEL START-UP NATION). The year before it was the breakout year for young superstar American Sepp Kuss (JUMBO-VISMA), who is now a loyal and indispensable lieutenant for Tour de France Champion Primož Roglič (JUMBO-VISMA).
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