1,800 Cyclists took on 205 mile LoToJa Classic in Utah
Nearly 1,800 cyclists pedaled from Logan, Utah, to Teton Village during the 34th Annual LoToJa Classic
Cyclists were spread far and wide from Utah to northwest Wyoming, but motorists didn't face travel restrictions or road closures during the event. The 206-mile race featured registrants from 38 states. It is the longest one-day Race and Gran Fondo in America
This year in the mens category Ira Sorensen Canyon Bicycles-Shimano-Specialized finished first in a time of from 8h 55m 59s.
For the women Marci Kimball Team Tosh P/b Hyperthreads finished in a time of 10h 8m 10s.
An awards ceremony for Saturday’s race took place at Jackson Hole High School.
The race record is 8 hours, 45 minutes and 38 seconds, set by Utah’s Cameron Hoffman in 2014. The women’s record is 9:35:00, set by Utah’s Melinda MacFarlane in 2013.
The LoToJa was started in 1983 by two Logan cyclists, David Bern, a student at Utah State University, and Jeff Keller, the owner of Sunrise Cyclery. The two men wanted a race that resembled the difficulty of a one-day European classic like Paris-Roubaix or the Tour of Flanders. LoToJa's first year featured seven cyclists racing 192 miles from Logan to a finish line in Jackson's town square. The winning time was just over nine hours by Bob VanSlyke.
Since then, LoToJa has grown into one of the nation’s premier amateur cycling races and continues to be a grueling test of one's physical and mental stamina. Many compete to win their respective category, while others just ride to cross the finish line. At 200+ miles, LoToJa is the longest one-day USAC-sanctioned bicycle race in the country. Cyclists must conquer three mountain passes as they pedal through the scenic terrain of Utah, Idaho and Wyoming en route to a finish line below the rugged Tetons at the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
LoToJa has celebrated 33 years of giving cyclists a challenge that many want to experience again and again. Riding hard all day for over 200 miles, and then crossing the finish line in sight of the Grand Teton, is an adventure few forget. Some will be remembered by winning their respective category. The rest will ride to help a teammate, to beat their previous best, or complete the course before the cut-off time.
Details at: http://www.lucidraces.com/lotoja/