If you're into cycling, the skinny tire shaved legs kind of cycling, there are a number of events that happen each summer in the Salt Lake area.Since we live at the base of such beautiful and steep mountains, most of the races include in some form or fashion a climb into the Wasatch. If you're into flat land racing, not to worry as weekly criterium races
in the Salt Lake Valley are available as well.Here is a quick rundown of a few of the remaining cycling races in and around Salt Lake that you won't want to miss.
Snowbird Hill Climb
In its 30th year, the Snowbird Hill Climb
is an annual rite of passage for many as they climb the 10 miles and 3500 feet up Little Cottonwood Canyon. This year's race course starts at the Swamp Lot on Wasatch Boulevard versus the traditional starting point on 90th south at Smith's. Be sure to carpoolWhen: August, 18, 2008, 8am
Tour of Utah
After a year off, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
is back and may end up being the toughest stage race in all of America. Unless you're a pro cyclist or competing in category 1, chances are like me you'll be enjoying the Tour of Utah from the sidelines. No matter as it may also be the most fun you can have watching a stage race.Day 4 is a stage race that starts in Park City and finished at Snowbird Resort hours after the Snowbird Hill Climb has finished.When: August 13-17, 2008 - times vary per day.
The Climber's Trophy - East Canyon
The Climber's Trophy in East Canyon is the finale of the Utah Cycling Races where there will be crowned a King of the Mountain. It's an individual time trial up the south side of Big Mountain in East Canyon. Although only 6 miles of riding it's plenty of challenge with the vertical you'll climb.When: September 13, 2008, 11amCheck out CyclingUtah.com for other Utah bike races
both road and mountain.