The Tour of Utah kicks off on August 1st and winds up on the 7th. Many of the teams presently racing the Tour de France will be here and it promises to be an extraordinarily exciting event.
Stage 6 comes right trough Park City on Saturday the 6th. That days race is from Snowbasin to Snowbird and will come through Historic Park City and up and over Guardsman Pass. It covers 114 miles with over 11,000 feet of climbing.
Then, on Sunday, Stage 7 starts in Park City around the high school on Kearns Boulevard, then out through Browns Canyon to the town of Peoa (one of the only 4 letter words with 3 vowels and 3 syllables I know of). Then a right hand turn and on to Oakley & Kamas, and eventually routed over to the Heber Valley through Wolf Creek Ranch. They race through Midway and up over Empire Pass where they drop down Marsac Avenue at speeds around 60 MPH before finishing on Historic Main Street.
Just before the Wolf Creek Ranch portion, they will be within a few hundred yards of one of the most idyllic riding roads I know of. While the riders will continue to race on Highway 35 before turning on Bench Creek, they will just pass Lower River Road and that is where this photo was taken. I played hooky one recent the morning and took a friend/client of mine out for a wonderful 25-mile loop.
And If you have the time and can start your ride early enough, I strongly suggest you end up at the Woodland Biscuit Company for an sensational breakfast or lunch . The tour will be riding right past this quintessential café so it may not be a bad place to the the riders on a flat section of the course on Sunday.