Tour of Utah
Snowbird is proud to host the Queen Stage of the 2018 Tour of Utah. Just like the road to Alpe-d’Huez in the Tour de France, Little Cottonwood Canyon will challenge the competitors with close to 3,000 feet of elevation gain over a 6-mile climb with 8-12% gradients.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a 2.HC-rated UCI stage race, making it one of the top professional cycling events in North America. Showcasing some of the world’s most prestigious teams and cyclists for 7 days in August, this event now attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France. Nearly a decade since its opening circuit, the Tour of Utah, today, stands shoulder to shoulder with the most prestigious professional bicycle stage race events as our answer to the greatest cycling challenges the world has to offer.
The Queen Stage, with its legendary finish at Snowbird, has always had a big impact on who wins the overall classification of the Tour. If there has been one consistency to the Tour of Utah, it’s the final climb up to Snowbird Resort. In the winter, Snowbird is known for its 500 inches of annual snowfall and powder skiing. In the summer, it’s known for the fan frenzy of Tanners Flat and the shake out of the yellow jersey contenders. Only twice in recent years has the winner of the Snowbird stage worn the winner’s jersey at the end of the week.
The race has a new start location at the Canyons Village of Park City Mountain. After exiting the Village, the racers will be challenged by the undulating terrain of Summit County before climbing up Browns Canyon back towards historic Park City and the climb up the Category 1 Guardsmans Pass. Then, riders will have a blistering 15-mile descent that drops almost 5000’ ft to the Salt Lake Valley below. Then, riders finish with a Hors Category climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon where Snowbird Resort awaits.
The event is free for all spectators. Due to the event, Little Cottonwood Canyon Road (UT-210) will be closed from 1 - 5 pm on Saturday, August 11.