SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (BRAIN)—Steve Miller, president of the Tour of Utah cycling race, confirmed the event's dates and sponsors on Monday.
The USA Cycling sanctioned pro race will be Aug. 17 to 22 and Zions Bank is returning as presenting sponsor of the Tour for the fourth year, Miller said.
"I am pleased to be able to confirm the August 2010 dates for this year's race," Miller said. "We had such an enthusiastic response to the 2009 event that local communities along the course are excited to see the Tour return, and last year's participants have provided feedback on how to make the race even tougher.
"In addition, based on last year's success, all existing sponsors have chosen to return making increased commitments to the race through cash, trade, advertising and marketing."
Dubbed as America's toughest stage race, the tour will consist of a prologue and five stages covering central and northern Utah. Once again, the Tour of Utah is on the official National Racing Calendar.
The race begins with The Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau Prologue on Tuesday, Aug. 17 and ends Sunday, Aug. 22 with the Park City to Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort "Queen" stage.
The remaining five stages will include the University of Utah Health Care Ogden to Research Park road race, the Heiden Davidson Orthopedics criterium in downtown Park City, the teamgive time trial at Miller Motorsports Park, and the XANGO Thanksgiving Point to Top of Mt. Nebo road race.
Race route details will be announced soon.
Additional sponsors include Utah Toyota Dealers Association, KJZZ 14, 1320 KFAN, POWERADE, Glacéau vitaminwater, FFKR Architects, Bingham Cyclery, First Endurance, Canyon Bicycles, PROBAR, I.J. and Jeanne' Wagner Jewish Community Center, Sheraton Downtown Salt Lake City, Edge Composites, City of Ogden, and Shimano.
"The support we receive from Zions Bank, as well as the rest of our sponsors, is important to the success of the Tour of Utah," Miller said.
The Tour of Utah will also include a non-competitive ride for enthusiast cyclists the Saturday before called "The Ultimate Challenge." Detailed information for The Ultimate Challenge will be released soon.
For more information about the Tour, click the link above.