Cover: Tour of Utah 2015
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull
In its first tour since being awarded 2.HC status by the UCI, which placed the race at the same level as the Tour of Qatar, Critérium International, Amgen Tour of California and USA Pro Challenge, the Tour of Utah 2015 began in the north on August 3rd in Logan, Utah.
The 2015 Tour of Utah included…
- 712 miles/1,145.85 kilometers – second longest course in 11 years
- 51,442 feet/15,679.5 meters of elevation gain – most climbing of any race in North America
- 7 stages – second year for full week
- 10 ski resorts – highest number of ski resorts passed
- Extended outside Utah to the Bear Lake region of Idaho
- 3 new state parks along route – Bear Lake State Park, Antelope Island State Park and Wasatch Mountain State Park
- 2 courses unveiled for Tour of Utah Women’s Edition: Criterium Classic in Logan and Ogden
Kiel Reijnen (United Healthcare) kicked off the race, winning the first stage in Logan after a rain-soaked day of riding, edging out fellow Boulder riders, Alex Howes (Cannondale-Garmin) and Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) at the line.
In Taylor Phinney’s first appearance since suffering serious injuries in a crash 62 weeks ago at Nationals, Phinney stepped on the podium.
Throughout the week, the race made visits to Tremonton, Ogden, Antelope Island, and Bountiful, Soldier Hollow, Heber Valley, Salt Lake City, Snowbird and Park City.
Jure Kocjan (Team Smartstop) won the bunch sprint in Ogden and picked up the stage 2 win. Robin Carpenter (Hincapie Racing Team) was second and Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing Team) was third.
With the win, Jure Kocjan took the yellow jersey from Kiel Reijnen, then passed it on to Michael Woods following stage 3. As the race made its way around northern Utah, fans turned out to cheer their favorite team and watch the behind the scenes action.
Joe Dombrowski took over the race lead with stage 6 and held on until the finish line in Park City, winning the overall race for 2015.