Tour of Utah 2009 (the Flahute preview)

Tour of UtahOver the next 6 days, the Wasatch Front will be home to Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, presented by Zion’s Bank, starting with a prologue time-trial up by the Capitol tomorrow (Tuesday) evening.

My application for media credentials was accepted, and I will be using that to try to get as much info about the Tour as possible for my readers. Of course, there are a number of better writers and more established venues out there than this blog, so my hope is primarily to get some really good photos, the occasional comment from one of the riders, and most of all … reactions from the spectators and fans; including (of course) myself, as one of the biggest cycling geek fans around.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to cover Stage 1 on Wednesday, but my plan is to be at the start and finish of each of the remaining stages; especially Thursday’s finish on Mt. Nebo in Utah County, and Saturday’s finish at Snowbird. This will be the biggest bike race I’ve ever had the opportunity to witness in person … last year, I only caught two stages (the downtown criterium and Snowbird); this year should be even better.

With 3 top local riders (Garmin’s David Zabriskie, Bissell’s Burke Swindlehurst, and BMC’s Jeff Louder) all contending for a top finish as well as fighting off challenges from Rock Racing’s Spanish duo of Oscar Sevilla & Francisco Mancebo and Team OUCH’s Floyd Landis, you can rest assured that the race is going to be an exciting one. No one wants to let the Utah gang walk away with their home race.

If you’re in Utah, you should make an effort to get out and watch the race. If you’re not in Utah, you should be.