Stage 3 on Thursday, Aug. 15 begins for a fourth time at Antelope Island State Park. From the drop of the flag at Field Garr Ranch, the race surges northbound on the largest island in the Great Salt Lake. After crossing the 7-mile causeway, the race will wind through the communities of West Point, Layton, Kaysville, Fruit Heights and Farmington. Riders will vie for two Utah Sports Commission Sprint lines in northern Davis County in Layton and Fruit Heights.
Most of the 5,895 feet of climbing on this 85.9-mile (138.3-km) stage will be collected when the route skirts the Wasatch Mountains south of Layton, with three Category 3 climbs in the final 29 miles. Following a punchy KOM up the Bountiful Bench, the route follows a new southbound stretch of Bountiful Boulevard for finishing circuits in first-time host city North Salt Lake. The riders won’t have long to admire the stunning view across the valley to the Great Salt Lake, with a right turn on Indian Springs Road for 3.75 laps of a 6-mile circuit in North Salt Lake. Two laps will award more KOM points. Before a fourth full lap is completed, the stage winner will be decided in front of Eaglewood Golf Course.