For the first time in race history, Canyons Village at Park City Mountain will host both the start and finish on Saturday, Aug. 17 for Stage 5 presented by University of Utah Health. A winding trail across Summit County will take the race past Jordanelle and Rockport reservoirs for a total 85.1 miles (137 km) and 5,236 feet of climbing. Sprint lines in the meadowlands of Kamas and Hoytsville are bookended with KOM lines along the mountainous terrain near the Jordanelle Reservoir and up the often-traversed Browns Canyon.
The route will twist around Kimball Junction for a possible General Classification shakeup in the final six miles. Riders will cross the top of Utah Olympic Park for the first time and face a blazing downhill on Bear Hollow Drive. The final push is vertical along Canyons Resort Drive and High Mountain Road to the finish line in the heart of Canyons Village at Park City Mountain. The professional teams start the course from Canyons Village at Park City Mountain at 2:30 p.m., with an expected finish at 6 p.m. Following the award ceremonies, the after-party for Stage 5 includes a free concert as part of the annual Summer Concert Series.
Earlier on Saturday, two gran fondo-style bicycle rides will roll out from the same start area. The Ultimate Challenge presented by University of Utah Health, now in its ninth year, offers a unique cycling event for amateurs to ride one of the demanding mountain courses used by the pros. This year Sunday’s Stage 6 route will be used by The Ultimate Challenge participants and include a shorter 44-mile option. There will be timed sections on the 94-mile route at Wolf Creek Ranches and over Empire Pass. The longer route begins at 10:30 a.m. and the shorter route begins at 12:30 p.m. For registration ($95-$140) and more information, visit www.tourofutah.com/experience/ultimate-challenge.