Do you know how awesome and important the Tour of Utah bicycle race is? It’s a top-notch event globally and one of the three most important cycling races in the United States this year. Cool, huh? And City Dogs will be serving our delicious wieners near the start/finish line at the state Capitol starting at noonish Saturday, August 13. Come on up!
Honestly, I had to educate myself about the race before I got excited. A bicycling regular at City Dogs told me the racers do nine laps basically around and through the Avenues (map at left). That sounds cool.
- Because of our awesome terrain, the international bicycling overlords let Tour of Utah skip a step or two in becoming a top-notch race (thank you Wasatch Mountains!)
- Jeffrey Louder lives in Salt Lake City, is a former Tour of Utah winner and is competing this week with BMC Racing, the Tour de France winning team! So now you know who to root for ;)
- There are 5 stages of the race and one “prologue” today in Park City when the race begins. The nine laps around the Avenues in Salt Lake City Saturday is stage 4. The final stage Sunday is a 100-mile race to Snowbird starting west of the Jordanelle Reservoir, over to Kamas, down to Midway and Deer Creek Reservoir, popping out into the Wasatch Front at Alpine in Utah County then up Little Cottonwood Canyon Road to Snowbird (whoa!).
And from the Salt Lake Tribune: “Prize money has jumped from $45,000 to $116,000, and five teams from the Tour de France will be competing, including the overall winner, Team BMC.” (more)
City Dogs has confirmed we’ll be serving somewhere on the Capitol grounds Saturday but we don’t have more specific information yet. We’ll post more details when we have them.
So, wiener lovers, I think you know what you’re doing Saturday. It should be much easier to spectate than the other stages due to the laps.
See you there!