What is the Ultimate Challenge?

The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is known as “America’s toughest stage race.” Well this event is your chance to get a taste of the action! The ride follows the same Queen Stage route of the Tour of Utah, with approximately 98 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing. There is also a race within the ride, as riders are timed on the final climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon. This unique opportunity allows participants to ride the exact Stage 6 route as the pros, as well as offering riders a great spot to watch the finish of Stage 6 at Snowbird Resort. So, what are you waiting for? Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the high-adrenaline, incredibly challenging Queen Stage route exactly like the pros.

When is the Ultimate Challenge?

This epic Gran Fondo takes place on August 11th, 2018

What time does the ride start?

Official start time is 7:30am. Riders are encouraged to start lining up between 7:10-7:20. Line up with your friends/teammates, Riders will line up on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do I need a racing license to participate?

No, a racing license is not required.

When and how do I register?

Registration opens April 30th, 2018. Early bird pricing is $125 until June 1st, then is goes to regular pricing of $140 per rider.

You can register HERE

*If you have a group of 8 or more, contact ultimatechallenge@tourofutah.com for group discounts

Where do I pick up my registration packet?

Packet pick-up will be The Canyons Village Resort 4000 Canyons Resort Dr. Park City, UT 84098 on Friday August 10th from 2pm-8pm or on Saturday morning before the ride 6-7am. Look for directional signage at the top of the Cabriolet Lift.
* We highly encourage making a night of it and coming up for the party and staying at the Canyons Resort. There will be food, live music, and celebrity guest appearances (you’ll have to be there to find out who!). Then all you have to do is have a great night of sleep and wake up for breakfast in the village before the start.

What is included with my entry?

Each entrant will receive the following:
– Swag bag with your start number, timing chip, Ultimate Challenge t-shirt, DNA musette bag and other goodies.
– An unforgettable experience of riding with hundreds of other cycling friends on an incredible course
– A series of fully stocked rest stops with amazing food and friendly service
– Post-ride meal
– Finisher medal this year is a commemorative pint glass that can be used for a complimentary beverage that will be well deserved at the finish and a unique keepsake!

Is there merchandise for purchase? Yes

You can order the 2018 commemorative jersey, Tour of Utah water bottles, and socks. If you want extra T-shirts or swag for purchase, contact breanne@tourofutah.com

What is the Ultimate Challenge Kick-off Party?

New for 2018 – Join us for the Kick-off Party from 6-9 at the Canyons Village Resort plaza for a causal pre-race dinner, concert and celebrity meet and greet. Tickets are available for purchase for $30 on the Ultimate Challenge registration page. Bring your family and friends to celebrate and enjoy a great evening in the mountains.

Will there be restrooms at the start and finish as well as on the course?

Yes, the start and finish area, as well as the feed zone stations, will be equipped with port-o-lets.

Are there mechanics on the course?

We highly encourage all participants to know basic repair skills and we advise everyone to come prepared with their own pump and extra tubes for their bike. However, if you are still unable to make a repair, support cars will be on course to assist you with minor mechanical issues.

Will the roads be closed to traffic?

NO! Roads will NOT be closed to traffic. The first 3 miles will be a NEUTRAL roll out, then the 98 mile course officially starts. It will be Rules of the Road. Riders must always obey traffic laws and ride on the right-hand side of the road. Please only ever ride two abreast. Riders must also follow the instructions of police officers, course marshals, and volunteers at all times.

Are there aid stations on the course?

There will be multiple stations along the course stocked with food, water, mechanical and medical supplies.
There are 5 aid stations and 1 extra water station:
#1 and #2 are at approx mile ~19 and 37, respectively
#3 is at mile ~ 57
#4 is at mile ~ 67
#5 is at mile ~ 86
*Extra water station will be at the base of Little Cottonwood Canyon, so you can get one more cold drink before the big ascent to the Snowbird!

Is there a minimum age to ride?

There is no minimum age requirement; however, riders under age 18 will need to have a parent register them online and sign a waiver authorizing participation.

Is this a timed event?

The final climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird will be timed. Your time will be displayed as you cross the finish line. Your time will also be available to view online. In order to receive a time, especially if you want to shoot for an award podium, you MUST cross the timing mat at the bottom of Little Cottonwood Canyon before 1:30 PM.

Is there a time cut off?

If you for some reason are outside of the allotted time to finish in front of the pro race, there will be sweepers on the course that will ask you to pull over and let the race go by. If you are passed by the pro riders, your race day is officially over. A sweeper will assist you in finding a SAG wagon to take you safely to the Swamp Lot on Wasatch Road. The ride will not be supported by aid stations at that point so you may have to stop at gas stations for food/water. If you are in the Little Cottonwood Canyon, and are passed by the Pro-peloton, you may continue your ride once the final pro has passed your location. Please keep in mind you may have to wait for a significant period of time before finishing your ride. Also keep in mind that there will not be Ultimate Challenge resources available to you once the pros have passed you along the course.

What are the climbs like?

This is a course designed to challenge professional cyclists. The climbs will be demanding with about 10,000ft of climbing in 98 miles. The course also features technical descents—please keep safety at the forefront of your mind at all times.

Is this event only for racers?

No, The Ultimate Challenge is open to everyone! It is on a professional cycling course, so we recommend a robust training plan for all fitness levels to ensure that you enjoy the ride. You can get the official training plan for University of Utah Healthcare on the main UC website page, or contact our partner coaches Dave Harward and Breanne Nalder at plan7coaching.com

I can’t start. Can I get a refund or transfer my entry to another rider?

Unfortunately, we cannot refund your money after you have registered. For safety reasons, we also cannot transfer entry to another rider. If you have extenuating circumstances, contact ultimatechallenge@tourofutah.com

What type of climate should I expect? What if it rains?

The Ultimate Challenge will start rain or shine. However, in the event of a severe storm or extreme weather, authorities could decide to cancel the event—this decision could also be made at the last moment if authorities feel conditions affect rider safety. Previous years have been known for hot and dry conditions so be prepared for anything and everything! It can be quite cold in the mountains at the start and blistering hot coming into Salt Lake valley and up LCC, then chilly at the finish. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

What should I wear?

Helmets with buckled chin straps are a requirement for all riders and must be worn at all times. Headphones of any kind are not allowed. Make sure your bib number is pinned to the back of your jersey. Also, be sure to check weather and dress/pack gear accordingly (see the FAQ on what climate to expect).

Do you provide a bag drop?

Yes. There will be a bag drop near the Start Line. Please use the luggage tear-off tag from your bib number to identify your bag. While you are riding, your bag will be moved to Snowbird near the Finish Line Ultimate Challenge Hospitality. Bag Check Pick-up closes at 4pm ­so be sure to claim your bag!

What type of bike should I ride?

We suggest using a road bike as it is the best option for riding in groups. Recumbent bikes, tandem bikes, trailers, and bike seats are not allowed for safety reasons.

Where do I park?

Canyons – Cabriolet lot at the base of the Canyons Resort at Park City. You may ride your bike to the village or take the Cabriolet Lift to the start line

Are there shuttle buses?

Big Rack Shuttles will be offering services for riders to be transported by shuttle from Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort back to Soldier Hollow. Spots are limited, so make sure to reserve your spot quickly. Check back in the coming weeks for more information regarding pricing and how to make your reservation.

*Times subject to change based on the finish of the pro race and availability.

Is there a comprehensive rider guide for the event? How do I access the rider guide?

The rider guide will be available in June for download. You will also receive the most current rider guide at packet pick-up.

Will I get a cue sheet or turn-by-turn map for my chosen route?

Yes. We will provide a map with directions. The route will also be clearing marked with mileage markers the entire way.

Will there be breakfast provided before the start?

No. You will be responsible for fueling prior to the start of the event. We will take care of you out on the road.

What about hotels/lodging?

We have discounted room rates at the Canyons Village at Park City! To book your stay before the event, follow this link:
https://www.parkcitymountain.com/plan-your-trip/stay/vacation-deal-details.aspx?vd=PCCY_2018_VILLAGE-EVENT_C

If you want to stay up at Snowbird after the event and enjoy some deserved RnR, you get a special room rate at Snowbird Resort of $129. To book your stay at Snowbird, please call 800.453.3000 and refer to the Ultimate Challenge.

Are there photos from the ride?

This year there will be photos available for purchase through Selective Vision. Please visit this website to find your photos https://bit.ly/2NN61y0