The 5th annual Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, running August 18 - 23, has confirmed the initial lineup of professional and amateur cycling teams for 2009 all competing for a share of the US$45,000 purse and valuable National Racing Calendar points.
The 2009 Tour of Utah will cover Salt Lake City, Ogden, Park City, Thanksgiving Point, Mt. Nebo, Tooele, and Snowbird.
Of the 16 teams that have thus far committed to compete in the 2009 Tour of Utah, eight are professional: BMC Racing; Team Garmin, OUCH Pro Cycling, Bissell, Team Type 1, Land Rover-ORBEA, Fly V Australia, and Colavita/Sutter Home.
“Riders from all over the globe will test themselves over Utah's challenging, and incredibly scenic terrain,” said race director Terry McGinnis. “We have added a prologue this year, increasing the race to six days, and more than 325 miles.”
In addition, eight amateur teams have also accepted an invitation to compete: Trek-Livestrong, Cal Giant, Bob's, Rio Grande, Waste Management, Ciclismo Racing, ZteaM Cycling, and Team RideClean. The Tour of Utah will announce the rosters of the two Utah teams in the coming weeks.
“Being selected to ride in the Tour of Utah puts you on the map in the cycling world,” said Utah resident and 2008 Tour of Utah overall winner Jeff Louder, of the BMC Racing Team. “Winning last year’s event helped catapult me to an entirely new level of recognition, confidence and respect.
"This tour is easily among the most challenging courses on the National Racing Calendar, and should not be missed.”
McGinnis added that more volunteers are needed. The Tour is also offering the opportunity for Utah families to host Tour of Utah racers.
For more information, visit www.tourofutah.com.