The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will return in 2022 after a two-year hiatus after the cycling event entered into a licensing agreement with Medalist Sports, a sports management company specializing in road cycling and cause-related events. Medalist will also organize the Tour of Utah Ultimate Challenge, a non-competitive gran-fondo-style endurance event for amateur riders.
The Tour of Utah began in 2004 as a grassroots regional event and has since developed into a seven-day, internationally sanctioned race for the world’s best men’s professional cycling teams. The tour has been rated as a 2.HC-rated stage race by the Union Cycliste Internationale for the past five years it ran and has been selected as part of the new UCI ProSeries. It is one of the few remaining statewide cycling stage races in the United States.
“Our goals of bringing world-class cycling to our local communities and showcasing the beauty of our state through the eyes of sport continue,” said race chairman Steve Miller. “The Tour of Utah has grown in stature and respect through the years, and we are thankful for the support of countless volunteers, loyal corporate partners, committed host cities and fanatic cycling enthusiasts. It has been an honor to conduct this race around the state for the past 15 years.
“We are now excited to support Medalist Sports in their operations and planning of these events,” Miller said. “Medalist has familiarity with the Tour of Utah and tremendous experience and expertise in conducting cycling events. We are particularly grateful for our partnerships with the Utah Sports Commission, the Utah Office of Tourism and USA Cycling through the years. For everyone involved, the Tour of Utah is a labor of love.”
“Medalist Sports is committed to hosting a safe, successful and quality event while maintaining the integrity and legacy of the Tour of Utah,” said Chris Aronhalt, owner and president of Medalist Sports. “We are grateful to the Miller family for their support of the sport and the Utah community and their ongoing partnership with Medalist. We look forward to sharing more information as we plan for the future.”
In 2019, the field featured 115 riders from 17 teams and attracted an estimated crowd of 400,000 spectators during race week.