Yesterday, Dug, Rick and I went on a nice little early morning ride. Starting from our respective homes (me in Alpine, Dug in Draper, Rick in Pleasant Grove), we met at the mouth of American Fork Canyon and rode to the top of the Alpine loop.
That’s 3000 feet of climbing.
We then zoomed down (I was last, by a lot), where I eventually caught up with Dug (Rick had to get home) near my house. We then continued up to the top of Suncrest (where Dug lives). That’s another 1500 feet of climbing. Then I turned around and went home.
In short: an early morning ride out my front door had 4500 feet of climbing in it.
That’s Utah for you.
A six-stage tour in this area might be downright difficult. Furthermore, it would be called the Tour of Utah—America’s Toughest Tour.
It’s going to be cooler than it has any right to be.
I’m So Excited I May Wet Myself
I’m not exactly sure how this happened, but I somehow have become the officious blogger of the Tour of Utah. What that means is that leading up to the race I’ll be interviewing some of the racers, riding some of the stages, and just generally making a nuisance of myself.
That’s pretty cool. For me. Here’s the cool part for you, though, which I will make very large and bold, so that you can see how ridiculously excited I am about this:
I get to give away a trip for two people to come see the tour.
On days like this, it’s a lot of fun being the Fat Cyclist.
What the Winners Get
Here’s what the contest winner will get:
- Airfare for 2 (from anywhere in the US) to Utah.
- Two nights at the Tour’s Official Hotel.
- Weeklong VIP passes: access to the VIP tent and catering, press conferences, autograph alley, the whole nine yards.
- Ride in an official’s car in the race caravan on one of the stages.
This is not a half-bad thing to win. Man, I wish I could win this.
How to Win
Start thinking of a 300 (maximum) word answer to the question:
What will go through the racers’ minds during the final climb of Stage 6 of the Tour of Utah?
Early next week, I’ll post a URL with information on how to enter.